Community Supported Art Chicago 2015: The Tabletop Collection

Community Supported Art Chicago 2015: The Tabletop Collection


“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.”
Rumer Godden

“Gardens are not made / By singing ‘Oh how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”
Rudyard Kipling

Threewalls is pleased to announce the release of The Tabletop Collection, the 2015 edition of the Community Supported Art Chicago program.

This year, Threewalls has commissioned five Chicago-based artists to create works that engage the notion of a sculpture garden, re-imagined for the tabletop. Sabina Ott, Julia Klein, Laura Davis, and Stephen Reber have created small sculptures—each approximately 6 x 4 x 4 inches—that can be arranged on top of or in proximity to an “architectural rendering” by Assaf Evron.

Sculptures occupy space differently from other art forms, and collectors of all backgrounds are often cautious about the medium—even if they are comfortable living with paintings, photographs, and other two-dimensional pieces. The Tabletop Collection was designed with the wary but curious collector in mind; this provocative group of works is easily portable, and can be displayed on a mantle, bookshelf, or windowsill.

The collection is available as a full set, packaged in a small wooden crate in a limited edition of 25. Each is signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. From March 15 to June 30, The Tabletop Collection is available at a pre-order rate of $600. After June 30, the price for the full set is $750.

About Community Supported Art:

Community Supported Art Chicago is a yearly subscription of engaging and innovative art, produced by artists living and working in Chicago. The program is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive a regular payout of produce. CSA Chicago works in a similar way—but instead of vegetables, shareholders receive limited editions artworks.

Purchasing a CSA Chicago share presents an opportunity to collect work by acclaimed artists at affordable prices, discover emerging artists, support Chicago’s art community, and sustain Threewalls’ important programming.

Since 2011, Threewalls has been at the forefront of a national movement to create sustainable models that support artists and make contemporary art more affordable and accessible. As the CSA Chicago program has grown, it has come to represent a diverse cross-section of Chicago’s art community, including pieces by Claire Pentecost, David Hartt, Stephanie Brooks, Carol Jackson, Philip Von Zweck, Jan Tichy, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and many more. Participating artists have exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the New Museum (NYC), Kunstmuseum Bonn, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. Pieces by CSA artists are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, among many other institutions.

About the artists:

Assaf Evron (b. 1977) is a Chicago-based artist whose work investigates the dialectic between the abstract and the figurative in a variety of media. Evron earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited his work internationally. He was recently the recipient of the Gerard Levy Prize, awarded by the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), and the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education Prize for Young Artists.

Sabina Ott is an artist, educator, administrator, and the founder of the exhibition space Terrain (Oak Park, IL). Ott earned her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has been exhibiting her work since 1985, and has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions at institutions in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Auckland (New Zealand), Melbourne (Australia), and cities across the United States. Her work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Oakland Museum of Art, among others. She is a Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago.

Laura Davis (b. 1971) is a Chicago-based artist who uses display structures to conflate notions of value and context through sculpture, drawing and installation. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, at the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Her solo exhibition Histrionic Renovation, was recently on view at the Elmhurst Art Museum (IL). Davis received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2004, and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996. She teaches in the department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Julia Klein is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Sidecar Gallery (Hammond, IN), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago). She received a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College. Klein currently teaches in the Lab Program at Marwen (Chicago). Since 2009, she has operated Soberscove Press, which produces artist books and other art-related publications and materials.

Stephen Reber is Adjunct Associate Professor of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a BS from Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has recently been exhibited at the Evanston Art Center (Evanston IL), International Sculpture Conference (Philadelphia, PA), C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore), and Winston Gallery (Washington, DC). Reber’s solo exhibition Threshold Amnesia was on view at Threewalls in 2014.