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Around the Coyote: Caroline Picard: Bygone(s) - 12 Jan 2008 to 1 Mar 2008

Current Exhibition

12 Jan 2008 to 1 Mar 2008
opening reception Saturday, January 12 6 - 10 pm
Around the Coyote
1935 1/2 W. North Ave
IL 60622
Chicago, IL
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Caroline Picard
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Artists in this exhibition: Caroline Picard

Caroline Picard: Bygone(s)
January 12 - March 1, 2008
opening reception Saturday, January 12 from 6 - 10pm

"Bygone(s)" is the culmination of a body of work that Chicago-based artist Caroline Picard began in 2002. A hand-bound novel representing most of that early work will be on display and available for sale. The novel, about 100,000 words is divided into three sections and deals with the aftermath of September 11th (as obliquely as possible) and the death of the father/husband. The text provides the linear landscape for the visual art, which exhumes the ghosts in the text by approaching them visually.

Many of the themes in the exhibition begin in Asia. In one video series, cutouts blow around in a series of public installations in Tokyo, Manila and Hong Kong. In another video series, "Fortuna: The Greatest Super Hero in the World" posts a sign on Lama Island announcing her own greatness (part of a public performance in 2005/2006). Fortuna reappears in another piece watching home videos of Tokyo as they are projected on a pillow made in the same shape as the paper cut outs. A haunting audio track from a Hong Kong underpass will be set to repeat, and finally, to provide a visual resting point, six gouache, collage-on-paper paintings are positioned at various points around the gallery. These paintings reference moods of the text, serving as intuitive landscapes of the various characters' states of mind/being. Throughout the exhibition, fictional, personal and historical weave in and out.

Born in Tokyo, Japan Caroline Picard has been showcased in exhibitions worldwide from Germany and Romania in Europe to Japan, Philippines and Hong Kong in Asia as well as in an array of cities in the United States. Of her significant achievements, Caroline’s exhibit and performance The Burnt of Aurelia, collaborated with 15 Refugee Children in an original work that integrated past experience with American culture and waking up in a new world, can be considered a forerunner. The Green Lantern Gallery & Press, Caroline’s year old gallery has received much acclaim since it integrates different mediums and voices, and facilitates the relationship between visual art, music, intellectual pursuits and literature. Caroline Picard is a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute and Director of Publications at ThreeWalls.

Re:action Reading Series
January 12 at 7:30pm

Curated by Margot Bordelon (Lookinglass Theatre) and J. Adams Oaks (Serendipity Theatre Collective). Four emerging writers read works based on artwork on exhibit at the Around the Coyote Gallery. This month's readers include Margot Bordelon, J. Adams Oaks, David Blatt and Molly Each.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous donation from Peroni. Around the Coyote, a 501(c)3 non-profit, supports, promotes and makes accessible Chicago's multidisciplinary arts community. Our activities enhance public discourse and provide creative outlets for emerging artists. Year-round programming includes multi-media arts festivals featuring visual art, theater, dance, video and poetry in the winter and fall; art exhibitions in the Around the Coyote gallery; an artist-in-residence program; membership opportunities for artists and art aficionados; educational outreach for all ages through multi-media art workshops, lectures, collaborations with local schools and agencies, and career development workshops for artists. This programming is partially supported by a generous grant from Peroni beer, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Gallery/Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 12-6pm. Mondays by appointment only. Directions: Located in the historic Flat Iron Arts Building, take the Blue Line to Damen Avenue. Chicago, Illinois USA.

Around the Coyote Gallery is proud to announce that our current show, Caroline Picard: Bygone(s) has been featured as an ArtForum Critics' Pick

"Artist Caroline Picard is something of a local enigma: By day, she runs the Green Lantern Gallery & Press; by night, she writes endless, loopy novels, doodles awkward comix, and fashions fabulously hued assemblages from cut paper and gouache. Then, when no one's looking, she dons a flowing cape, little gold shorts, white face paint, and a red mask, and off she goes as Fortuna. WORLD'S GREATEST SUPER HERO. COME SEE HER FOR 25c trumpets a retro playbill hanging in "Bygone(s)," Picard's solo exhibition, which brings these personalities and projects together into a weirdly charming whole that gives up only some of its secrets. One mystery is a peculiar icon called the Ancestors, a white silhouette not unlike that which might be cast by a caped superhero with her arm around a regular girl's shoulders. Stuffed-cotton and cut-paper formats dot the gallery, while a video depicts small paper versions in urban installations--riding an elevator, piled up on a bus seat, hanging from a clothesline, stuck in a grate. Sometimes, the Ancestors seem to fly, safe above the city; at other times, they seem poised for destruction but escape unscathed, magically. Equally mystifying are ten meticulous vortices of finely diced paper. Out of the swirls arise a peacock tail, a fat lady's leg wearing a hot-pink bootee, a sensuous Art Nouveau pattern, a toothy Chinese dragon, and a ship at sea amid stylized waves, then back into the oddly colored maelstrom they go, a crash of fragments both compelling and incomprehensible. Picard explains them as visual manifestations of Bygone(s), her novel in progress from which the exhibition takes its name (copies are available in a limited edition), but they triumph on their own. Elsewhere, the artist's alter ego takes center stage. A video shows Fortuna in action, postering her own mug up on a wall in Hong Kong, while passersby alternately ignore her and stare briefly. As she proves less than deft with the poster tape, one wonders what exactly Fortuna's special powers are. Will they be enough to save us? Perhaps--if only from the disenchanted everyday."

--Lori Waxman

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