June 1, 2012 - July 6, 2012
at Little Black Pearl
Words from the Curator:
Locally and globally, we are in the middle of a new yet familiar epoch defined by the personal conflicts, shared experiences, and movement of critical masses. Woven with threads of uncertainty about what will happen next yet charged with the necessity of a "do or die" urgency, individual and communal revolutions are happening all around us with a commanding ripple effect.
Cultural producers have historically been found in the thick of these paradigm shifts, standing side-by-side with those who physically mobalize the masses. While the tools and strategies used to propel us forward may have become more sophisticated, today the position of the artist has not changed. Through the work and words of a Chicago-connected group rooted in the city and sprinkled across the country and globe, The Tipping Point of Me and We explores the anxieties of individual struggles, the tensions of unwanted globalization, the dismantling of roadblocks to revolutionary and progressive thought, the damaging and redeeming potential of technology, and the things which bring us to the edge of ourselves.
The Tipping Point of Me and We was the 2012 award exhibition of the Contemporary Arts Council, an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by a group of art enthusiasts devoted to supporting Chicago-area contemporary art and artists, and expanding members’ appreciation of the diversity of Chicago’s arts scene.
This exhibition brought together seasoned and ascending artists and writers then asked them to speak to what they were seeing, living and experiencing in the tumultuous moments of the present human experience.
Featured Artists: Michael Dinges, EJ Hill, Honey Pot Performance, Peter Kepha, Nicolas Lampert & Paul Kjelland, Kenrick Mcfarlane, Mark Moleski, Sarah Ross, South Side Projections and Jabari Zuberi
Featured Writers: Allison Glenn, Joseph D. Jordan, Patrick Lichty, Jennifer Patiño Cervantes, and Rebecca Zorach