Friday, February 25 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
West Loop, Swimming Pool Project Space
120 N. Green St. Apt. 5E
Swimming Pool Project Space is proud to present “Swimsuit Edition: A Visceral Body” curated by Lisa Majer. The exhibition will be a one-night show coupled with a 13 month exhibition calendar. It opens on Friday, February 25th, from 7-10pm, offsite from the storefront space, at 120 N. Green Street, apartment 5E, in the west loop.
"Swimsuit Edition: A Visceral Body - Relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect.... The artists, designers, performers, and thinkers in this edition elicit profound primal sensations through their craft. From the base to the sublime, from the personal to the social, from introspective to active, and from seductive to confrontational, the sensations and sensationalism of the works are ports of entry as points of departure."
Jaime Lynn Henderson
Image: Danielle Paz, video still from "I Played my Best"
The Swimming Pool Project Space is bringing the catalogue back from near extinction and hanging it on the walls of fans, gallerists and collectors. Lisa Majer has compiled artists and designed a Swimsuit Issue for the finale one night show at the all new Swimming Pool. It is dedicated to 13 artists, each presenting a month for 2011 and into 2012. The opening night brings a group show and features the release of the printed, functional, mini-catalogue.
Usually, an exhibition catalogue comes to the gallery as a resource for a special event. It is a remnant of a particularly thoughtful curatorial expression ready to sit on a coffee table or bookshelf waiting to be read in order to prove its relevance. Not many museum or gallery goers choose to purchase the copy, however, it continues to be a permanent reminder of an experience. The viewing of art between specific white walls, recorded and clarified. The catalogue may include elaborate essays outlining the curatorial vision of the show, and images within and without the show in order to provide context for the viewer. Or perhaps it’s meant to explain its arrangement and vision more explicitly leading the reader to the water hole and intravenously delivering the liquid ‘knowledge’. Here, we’ve decided to simply expose the figure for your own wall.
The timelessness of print coupled with the impermanence of an opening, are together now. These images are capturing a moment. You too can capture a moment with your pen, your memory of the day, your reminder for the future or for the eventual past. The momentum of the Pool’s closing wraps around the year of the Rabbit and draws you to make marks and enjoy the sights.
As the year of the lucky bunny scampers in, we look forward to the fortune and fashion before us. This compilation is a celebration of exposure, a letting loose and letting it all hang out attitude. There are few secrets involved with a swimsuit. We are not and haven’t ever attempted to cover up anything. Rather, the Pool wants to perpetually present art whether at a risk or in the raw. Emerging from the water and allowing the lens of the bright sun to capture our environment, our bodies or our dedication to presenting art in a space or on a wall. We choose to suspend images in your home’s space by collapsing time. As the Pool takes its last stand in Chicago, we hope you will remember our humor, our playfulness and our dedication to enjoying the moment in art. For after the moment’s no longer, the Swimsuit Issue will linger. We trust it is going to be a remarkable year to remember.
Thursday, February 17, 2011