Working collaboratively within the simple constraint of a white carpet, Laura Davis, Carson Fisk-Vittori and Julia Klein combine, overlap, manipulate and prop-up each other’s objects, making decisions about the nature of display and decoration as they are considered in the art gallery, the retail venue and the home. All three artists work with objects in a process of interrogating and collapsing these discrete realms, questioning the seemingly artificial boundaries that determine what is precious versus what is functional; how things are used publicly versus privately and how decisions about display and presentation itself have the power to elevate objects from the mundane to the marvelous. Curated by Shannon Stratton
Laura Davis is a Chicago based artist whose work examines and reconfigures our psychological relationships with the material world. Through sculpture, drawing and installation she teases out historical associations, material contradictions and emotional triggers in the objects are where art, design and craft intersect. Davis was recently awarded a year-long residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition’s BOLT studios where she will use the space to create a series of installations culminating in a self published catalog. She has exhibited at the Evanston Art Center, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Gallery 400, Chicago; SPACES, Cleveland; The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO; and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI. Davis teaches in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holds a MFA from the University of Chicago and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Carson Fisk-Vittori has been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions such as Favorite Goods, LA, The Future Gallery, Berlin, ICA Philadelphia, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Contemporary Gallery TLV, Tel Aviv, Humble Arts, New York, and Roots & Culture, Chicago. Upcoming exhibitions include Mr Kitly, Melbourne and Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago. This May she was featured as a “2012 Breakout Artist” in New City. She is currently exploring the idea of anthropocene, a new term denoting the current geological era characterized by the significant effect of humanity on the earths ecosystems. Using photography, installation, and collaborative practices she explores the many devices through which we see nature, and our attempts to replicate the natural world. In February of 2012 she was awarded the Site-Specific Grant from 4Culture Arts in Seattle for the collaborative project, “Garden Show” at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show that took place at the Seattle Convention Center. Fisk-Vittori was asked to participate in the 2012 threewalls Spring CSA program for which she made an edition of 30 vases titled Open-Source Vase. Carson received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 where she was awarded a Fellowship, SAIC Project Grant, and First Year Merit Scholarship. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Julia Klein received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (2008) and her BFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design (2002). She has exhibited at venues including Hyde Park Art Center, International Museum for Surgical Science and Columbia College’s A+D Gallery, as well as Incident Report, Hudson, NY and Gridspace, Brooklyn, NY. She has designed props for performances by Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, NYC; Collaboraction, Chicago; as well as for performances by directors Emilia Javanica, John Beer, and Carla Harryman, among others. Her work will be shown at Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago in 2013. Klein also runs Soberscove Press which seeks to make accessible out-of-print/difficult to access art-related material and artists’ books. Upcoming from Soberscove in Fall 2012: Possible Impermanence: Scott Burton’s critical writings on artists, art, and performance, 1965-75, edited by David Getsy, and Dive Suits of Factography: Collective Actions’ Layers of Documentation, 1976-1989, edited by Yelena Kalinsky. www.soberscovepress.com and www.juliakleinjuliaklein.com.