Detail View: Hyde Park Art Center Archive: A Study in Midwestern Appropriation

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A Study in Midwestern Appropriation
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Aaron van Dyke (American artist); Andrew Falkowski (American artist, born 1973); Andrew Swant (American artist, born 1976); Assaf Evron (Israeli artist, born 1977); Ben Stone (American artist, born 1970); Beverly Fre$h (American artist); Brooke Kanther (American artist); Chris Bradley (American artist, born 1982); Christian Kuras (Polish artist); David Robbins (American artist, born 1957); Duncan MacKenzie (American artist); Evan Gruzis (American artist, born 1979); Grabner Michelle (American curator, born 1962); Isa Gagarin (American artist, born 1986); Jeanne Dunning (American artist, born 1960); John Ripenhoff (American artist, born 1982); Kevin Maginnis (American artist, born 1955); Matt McAuliffe (American artist); Matt Nichols (American artist); Matthew Metzger (American artist, born 1978); Nicholas Frank (American artist, born 1967); Oli Watt (Australian artist, born 1968); Paul Cowan (American artist, born 1985); Paul Druecke (American artist, born 1964); Pedro Velez (Puerto Rican artist, born 1971); Peter Barrickman (American artist, born 1971); Ron Ewert (American artist, born 1982); Sara Daleiden (American artist); Scott Reeder (American artist, born 1970); Scott Wolniak (American artist, born 1971); Sean Joseph Patrick Carney (American artist, born 1982); Shelleen Greene (American artist); Stephanie Brooks (American artist, born 1970); Tony Matelli (American artist, born 1971); Tony Tasset (American artist, born 1960); Tyson Reeder (American artist, born 1974); Zachary Cahill (American artist, born 1973)
exhibition: Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
September 29, 2013-January 12, 2014 (exhibition)
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Curated by painter, critic, and curator Michelle Grabner, the group exhibition A Study in Midwestern Appropriation surveys the defining trait of appropriation in contemporary art from the heartland. Artists included in the show from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis present a range of image and content-borrowing strategies, from the critical to the open-ended, the humorous imitation to the urgent copy. As defined by Tony Godfrey in Conceptual Art, appropriation in art is “the act of one artist assuming the work of another artist and claiming it as their own. This act defies assumptions about the authenticity of artistic creation and traditional notions of copyright.” Contemporary appropriation strategies are fluid in gesture and embrace a very different ‘creative’ content than the critical acts of appropriation that Marcel Duchamp pioneered nearly one hundred years ago. Grabner’s exhibition posits that, unlike work by artists from other regions, artwork by midwestern artists deploy appropriation to convey self-deprecating and comical qualities. Grabner states, “How these [Midwest] artists decide how they are used and by whom is an open question, but there would appear to be little or no proprietary interest in the images themselves. Like the work of art ‘designed for reproducibility,’ such as a multiple, these images are not created to be used so much as appropriated. Since they have multiple contexts to begin with, they are always already recontextualized, making their production a form of viral consumption.” A Study in Midwestern Appropriation features sculptures, drawings, text-based work, photographs, prints, and collages by artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. (Source: Hyde Park Art Center; For educational use only)
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Photo credit Tom van Eynde