Artist Erik DeBat, at the tail end of his month long solo exhibition, “Till the World Blow,“ will give a free talk about his work tonight at 7PM at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen. Complimentary beer from Three Floyds and wines by Red & White Wines will flow, too!
“Capturing the energy of the city and revealing the beauty in everyday things is an artistic vision of mine. Through the use of image and typography, I like to place popular culture into different context,” DeBat says.
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Long ago, back in 2009 when we were reporting more regularly on Damen Ave., artist Tony Fitzpatrick, owner of Firecat Projects, referred to this writer/The Pipeline as a “griot.” After firing up the Wikipedia, we learned that a griot is someone who wanders around, telling and sharing stories, which can include “gossip, satire, or political comment.”
Sounds about right. Cue in the modern day griot’s unofficial theme song, “Everything is Free,” by Gillian Welch….
… We digress! In other art-related news, the ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation relocated to Bucktown this past April 1st. ARC, a nearly four decades strong non-profit art institution, will host a free opening reception this Friday night, June 29th, in its new space (next to Bucktown Beanery) at 2156 N. Damen, just a few doors north of Firecat Projects.
Friday’s opening will center on new works from artists Ruti Modlin, Jan Parker and Betsy Williamson.
In the installation, “Beneath the Skin” (PICTURED, at right), Parker, per a press release, “… makes references to the loss of identity by using her hair along with the hair of hundreds of anonymous men and women, family, and friends. Coupled with the hair is a personal, intimate, and universal object. Both the hair and the stripped bed are saturated with meaning and together they convey a narrative of loss and removed identity. “