“Simultaneous Narrative” is a one day performance art walk curated by the HAPPY COLLABORATIONISTS, with featured artists, CLAIRE ASHLEY, ERIK PETERSON, JESUS MEJIA & RUTH, SHANE WARD, EJ HILL and ANDREW MEYLER performing concurrently throughout the Wicker Park / Bucktown neighborhood, emphasizing how multiple artists interact with and alter the same space.
HAPPY COLLABORATIONISTS is the curatorial collective of Anna Trier and Meredith Weber. “Happy C” provides exhibition opportunities for performance, installation and media works.
CLAIRE ASHLEY’S work inhabits the liminal space between painting, sculpture, and performance. She mines the language of abstraction, minimalism, and pop while transforming mundane industrial materials into drawings, sculptures and performative props.
ERIK PETERSON presents “Soft Palate,” strawberry ice cream, wafer cones, custom-built Holiday Ice Cream Company cart, auctioneer, an edition of edible ice cream sculptures housed within a custom-made cart and distributed by an ice cream man through the Wicker Park neighborhood. The strawberry ice cream sculptures depict the human soft palate: the mouth, teeth, tongue and throat. The ice cream buyers will, of course, consume the sculptures with their own soft palates. The auctioneer/ice cream man is outfitted in all-white, white button-down shirt and white pants. Each ice cream will cost 25 cents. Each “collector” of the ice cream is photographed with their ice cream. As the ice cream sculptures melt or are consumed, the photograph portraits become the works. Erik plays with the public, the social, the comical, and the extraordinary. His work converses with and critiques the built landscape by creating more artifice within that landscape forcing the real, the living, the found, the created, and the counterfeit collide.
JESUS MEJIA & RUTH present “.00011048 miles,” the artists lay the length of the street, measuring the distance with their bodies. Trading off, Jesus will trace the outline of Ruth with chalk and Ruth will do the same, head to toe, for the length of the street. The title of this work references the height of the artists in miles. JESUS MEJA & RUTH is a newly formed collaboration consisting of Jesus Mejia and Karen Bovinich, based in Chicago. Their sculptural and performative work combines the precession of time, history and the mechanics of knowing.
SHANE WARD presents “One Wheel No Axle, AKA: part one,” as he rolls a 1-1 replica of The Price Is Right wheel. The performance will be interspersed with commercial breaks, mini-skirts, shine, winners and losers, one golden sunset, and just enough chance. Shane is an artist living and working in Chicago. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Chicago.
Andrew Meyler in a memorial performance for Marcus Vinicius of “Fragile.” and EJ Hill. Photos by Josh Korby
Video by Rosa Gaia Saunders Photos by Bernard Colbert