International Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
For the summer 2016 installment of its International Artist-in-Residence cycle, Artpace turned curatorial duties over to Dominic Molon, the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. With a wide-ranging eye that’s informed the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s “Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out” (an exhibition addressing the pivotal role of the studio in artists’ practice) and the touring “Situation Comedy” (an exploration of humor’s increasingly present role in the realm of contemporary art), Molon selected Andy Coolquitt (Austin), Juan William Chávez (St. Louis) and Rachel Maclean (Glasgow), who have been living and working together at Artpace since May 16. A creative scavenger of the highest order, Coolquitt crafts impractical magic from salvage and debris (metal tubing, plastic bottles, straws, you name it) and famously turned an Austin farmhouse into a collaborative compound informed by artists, friends and strangers. Employing drawing, film, photography and architectural interventions, Peruvian-born Chávez is a self-described cultural activist who’s arguably best known as the creator of St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary
— an urban farm that cultivates community through beekeeping and agriculture on the site of a razed public housing development. As for Maclean, her artistic investigations into identity and politics play out in films, prints and photographs in which she transforms herself into peculiar characters superimposed onto digitized backgrounds. Free, 6-9pm (artists’ dialogue at 7pm) Thu, Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210) 212-4900, artpace.org.
— Bryan Rindfuss