For every opening, there's a... closing! And such is the case with Lisa Alvarado and her extraordinary installment, "The Traditional Object," which has graced our Soccer Club Club space for the past month! Yep, it's time to move on, but not without a serious bang - this Sunday, November 3rd, there will be a special closing reception for "The Traditional Object" from 3-5PM with special musical accompaniment from Bitchin Bajas and Natural Information Society, big band collaboration style! This event is totally free and open to the public - but there is plenty of Ms. Alvarado's amazing art left on the wall for you to buy, what with that big wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket. Yes, we see it - AND we're happy to see you !
Reworking fabric, embroidery and paint, Lisa Alvarado’s collection of fringed double-sided painted banners combines material-driven, forensic abstraction with the formal idioms of ceremonial crafts belonging to traditions that exist within the aftermath of cultural erasure. "The Traditional Object" draws on Alvarado’s study of historically disregarded traditions and perspectives such as the Aymara linguistic tradition, the Quito school, Taoist occult talismans and indigenous banner-making traditions. The work refuses to own a conventional relationship to tradition; rather it desires to stand for a forgotten, destroyed or the yet to be known tradition. Whew!
Lisa Alvarado is a visual artist and musician living in Chicago. She is a member of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, contributing performance paintings and playing harmonium at spaces and in projects including: Sant’Anna Arressi Festival, Sardinia, Italy; Suoni Per Il Popolo, Montreal; Doug Aitken’s Station To Station; Bezanson Hall, University of Massachusetts; Harvard Graduate School of Design (Theaster Gates presentation); Off the Record (DCASE), Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago; Face the Strange, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Issue Project Room, New York; Henry Miller Library, Big Sur; Oto, London; Lavoir Moderne, Paris; Estrada, Poznan; Kulturalna, Warsaw; Jazzga, Lodz; OPT, Wroclaw. She also performed with Theaster Gates’s Black Monks of Mississippi in exhibitions and projects including: 12 Ballads for the Huguenot House, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, (performances currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago); Revealed, Stonescape Art Cave, performance in a James Turrell Skyspace, Napa Valley; Theaster Gates: The Listening Room, Seattle Art Museum. Recently she has taken part in exhibitions including: Power of 10, Three Walls Gallery; The Happiness Project, Chicago, Splitting Aguas, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin and her solo exhibition, Limpia, Drag City’s Soccer Club Club gallery’s debut. So doncha see why you gotta be there?
OCTOBER 4 - NOVEMBER 3
SOCCER CLUB CLUB
2923 N Cicero Ave, Chicago IL 60641