Project Description

off the wall (2016)

Monique Meloche Gallery in Collaboration with For Freedoms, Chicago, IL

Monique Meloche Gallery is pleased to present its third annual off the wall exhibition, featuring works from the first-ever artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms. Scheduled over the course of the 2016 presidential election season, works by Zoë Buckman, Paula Crown, Maria Gaspar, Nari Ward, and Carrie Mae Weems will be displayed on public bus benches throughout Wicker Park Bucktown, for this exclusive engagement with a Chicago audience. Concurrently, Dread Scott will exhibit a new video work in our porcelain projects space, and gallery artist Rashid Johnson’s RUN JESSE RUN will be displayed high above the city on a digital billboard during the month of September.

“off the wall” is a public art initiative that invites artists to produce site-specific installations throughout the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood. The impetus for this project is to provide a more open platform for contemporary art that engages with the public at large on a daily basis. The series reaches a demographic much larger than the standard gallery-goers and provides an open-armed invitation to discover the arts and the potential they have to influence everyday life.

For this site-specific installation, Crown recontextualizes her work, Humble Hubris: Don’t know what you got (till its gone) (2016). The original work on paper first exhibited with For Freedom’s inaugural group exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery in 2016, epurposes a historical and picturesque photograph of a mountain-scape used in an advertising campaign for Humble Oil in 1962. Here, the photograph is translated directly into painting, channeling new evidence that oil executives knew of the link between their industry and the consequences of CO2 in the 1970s. The work references the language of posters and sign-painting to reroute this image from advertisement to activism.   

The bench will be on display at Cortland Street and Western Avenue in Chicago between September 1 and November 30, 2016. To learn more about this exhibition, please follow the link here