Curated by Anni Holm.
Show runs June 1st - September 8th
Indulge, Water Street Studios' new gallery show curated by Anni Holm, opens June 1st at 6 pm. This enticing new exhibit will feature the work of 21 artists with interpretive pieces ranging from direct photographic documentation to sculptural and interactive installations.
About the show:
Imagine: hotdogs, funnel cakes, gummy bears, chocolate cake, bananas, ice cream, strawberries, crab legs, oysters, pasta, salads, water, beer, wine and champagne. Then imagine: 5-star restaurants, diners, food trucks, concession stands, farm stands and of course all you can eat buffet. Are you hungry now? This exhibition will take a closer look at one of our basic needs through the eyes of contemporary (perhaps starving) artists. Welcome to the smorgasbord.
Comentary by Anni:
"When I was approached by Water Street Studios about curating a
show for the gallery, I thought about Batavia and the other cities
along the Fox River," said Holm. "These cities create an invisible
line that separates the densely populated suburbs and city of
Chicago on the east from the farmland on the west - essentially
also separating the consumers of food from the producers."
"Even though I live very close to farmland, only a very small percentage of what I ate on a regular basis had come from that part of the country," said Holm. It was not until last year that I connected with a couple of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the area that grow produce, along with selling regionally produced grains, dairy and eggs. Faced with a selection of vegetables that I had no prior experience preparing, each week's box provided surprising and fun culinary challenges."
"To some extent the intention with the 'Indulge' exhibition, was similar to a CSA box; provide gallery visitors with a selection of art, revolving around the many aspects in the food industry today. Contrary to the CSA box, the work in 'Indulge' resembles that of a supermarket in that it has been conceived from all over the U.S., as well as abroad," added Holm.
While Holm had some of the artists' work in mind while developing the concept of the show, most pieces were found through an open call.
During the opening
Water Street Studios will be collecting non-perishable food for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. In addition, the Second Floor Gallery will be featuring the work of Fox Valley Young Artists, Grades 1-5. Visitors are encouraged to tour the 28 artist studios and everyone is welcome to explore and talk with the resident artists. Guest curator Holm will be present at the opening along with most of the exhibited artists to discuss food, art and anything in between.
After the opening
In addition to the exhibit, a potluck for the artists and community members is planned for Saturday, July 21st from 4:30 to 6 pm (RSVP required), followed by an open studio event from 6 to 9 pm and a film screening (7 pm) hosted by CG Projects, revolving around the Slow Food Movement. All events are free and open to the general public.
A little about Anni Holm
Anni Holm, is the Co-Founder, Director and Curator of People Made Visible, Inc. (PMV). PMV is a non-for-profit organization based in the city of West Chicago with a mission to facilitate community while fulfilling the artistic, social, educational and cultural needs of the community through an innovative physical and web based presence. Besides claiming to be a conceptual artist, Holm works as the Art Coordinator at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL, and has been a teaching artist with CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnership in Education) since 2009. Originally from Denmark, she immigrated to the Chicago area and received a BFA in photography from Columbia College in 2004. Holm is an internationally exhibited artist, who has curated a variety of exhibitions in the Chicagoland area. She resides in West Chicago, IL. Website: http://anniholm.com