If the hours were already counted

A video installation by Angelika Markul

Angelika Markul
If the hours were already counted, 2016
May 11-July 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-9pm
Sector 2337 / 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present If the hours were already counted, a single-channel, site-specific video installation by Angelika Markul.

This 2016 film was shot in Naica, Mexico—a crystal cave in the Chihuahua desert. The crystal cave is now closed and no longer accessible to humans. Projected in a site-specific installation, Markul translates and transposes the environment of the cave into Sector 2337’s gallery space to raise questions about scientific technology and aesthetic exploitation. Here, scientists try to move among giant crystals suspected to have formed more than 200,000 years ago. The figures struggle with high temperatures and the 99% humidity while looking for primitive life forms. In this ancient labyrinth, we don’t know if there is a way to get in or get out.


Angelika Markul was born in 1977 in Poland. She lives and works in France and Poland. In 2016, she received the COAL Prize awarded to an artist whose practice navigates between art and environment.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Centre international d’art et de paysage de l’île de Vassivière, Vassivière, France, 2019; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, 2018; Naturaleza reimaginada, Muntref – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018; Tierra del Fuego, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2018; Excavations of the Future, Laurence Bernard gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2016; What is lost is at the beginning, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland, 2016; Terre de depart, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2014; The Unleashed Forces. Angelika Markul and Contemporary Demonism, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, Łódź, Poland, 2013; Installation monumentale, Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France, 2013; Galerie Foksal, Warsaw, Poland, 2012 ; Salon Noir, MAC/VAL, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry sur Seine, France, 2010; Now New Moon, CSW Zakii, Torun, Poland, 2009.

Among her recent group exhibitions: CAC La traverse, Alfortville, France, 2018; Muzeum Wspolczesny Wroclaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2018; Power Station of Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2018; Départ, Solo Galerie, Madrid, Spain, 2018; Après, Kewenig gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 2018; Laurence Bernard gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2018; Bienalsur, Centro Cultural Néstor Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentine; Fundación Migliorisi Museum, Asunción, Paraguay, 2017; Take me I’m yours, Buenos Aires, Argentine, 2017; 3 Years anniversary group show, Laurence Bernard gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017; Summer After images, Angelika Markul, Konrad Smolenski, Leto gallery, Varsovie, Pologne; Sans réserve, Mac-Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 2017; Zone Yonaguni, Les Abattoirs, Frac, Toulouse, France; Take me I’m yours, The Jewish Museum, New York, United States, 2016; The State of Life, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, 2015; Immigrantes, Muntref – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo. Sede: Hotel de Inmigrantes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015; Take me I’m yours, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France, 2015; Inhabiting the world, Busan Biennale, South Korea, 2014; Tristan da Cunha, Pavillion 0, Signum Fondation, Venice, Italy, 2013; Art Souterrain, Montreal, Canada, 2012; Monte Negro, Installation, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, 2012; Collectioneuse, Focus Biennale de Lodz, Lodz, Poland, 2010; PLASH, Wolnosc od-zysku, Galerie National ZACHETA, Warsaw, Poland, 2009; La chaine-artists of France and Japan, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan, 2007; Via Space, Galerie Babel, Trondheim, Norway, 2007; The Pantagruel Syndrome, Triennal Castello di RIVOLI, Musée d’art contemporain, Torino, Italy, 2005; J’en rêve, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France, 2005; I still believe in miracles, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, France, 2005.

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Handles Expenditure

Liz McCarthy at the Shoebox Gallery

Handles Expenditure
Liz McCarthy
May 11 – July 29, 2018
Shoebox Gallery based at Sector 2337
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-9pm

What is whole without a part? What is a part without a whole? In Handles Expenditure, Liz McCarthy explores pulled clay handle forms, cast through a traditional wet pulling process performed with her body. Her hand was the tool for making the form, and the traditional handle form was intended to be held by a hand. The protrusions in this installation are represented as forms autonomous from a vessel, rendering them useless, purposeless, excess, expenditure. We expect the handle to be mounted, connected, useful in its position to the cup. There are many forms we expect to have use; tireless and familiar, like a body and a vessel, specified rather than ambiguous. A vessel is expected to be a container, and the body seeks to consume its contents. The handle mediates this connection and in merging two vessels – body and cup – both forms intended to empty and fill.

Liz McCarthy’s work explores humans’ physical and psychological relationship to material and how it develops meaning. She considers her own body to be a prominent material in her sculptural and photographic work. In projects over the past few years, she has used clay as a thematic material. It is a material that has developed in the earth over the course of millions of years, used by humans for over 35,000 years, and still used today. Clay is familiar because it is deeply embedded in a humanist tradition, and in some ways synonymous with our own malleable and fragile human bodies. By physically shaping clay and documenting those processes, the artist explores how clay and her own bodily material develop meaning through use and origin, using performative elements to reinscribe meaning.

Curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera

About the Artist:

Liz McCarthy is interested in the complex history of humans’ relationship to the material world. She mixes elements of sculpture and performance to explore and reinscribe material meaning. Liz recently finished her MFA at UIC, and received a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She regularly exhibits in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, and was nominated a “Chicago Break Out Artist” by NewCity Magazine in 2017.  She was recently was in her first exhibition abroad at ExGirlfriend Gallery in Berlin. Her artistic projects have been supported by Joan Mitchell Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, and Chicago’s Department of Tourism. She has participated as Artist-in-Residence as Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACRE, High Concept Laboratories, and Banff Centre. Liz has also worked as a curator with ACRE Residency; she was the Co-Founder and Directing Curator of Roxaboxen Exhibitions from 2009-2012.

About the Shoebox Gallery:

The Shoebox Gallery is an experimental micro gallery nestled in The Green Lantern Press storefront at Sector 2337 (2337 N Milwaukee Avenue). Highly visible to pedestrians and initially built as a restaurant’s menu box, the exhibition space lends itself to small-scale, experimental projects meant to engage diverse audiences.