Solo Exhibition by Lou Mallozzi. Opening reception: Feb 16, 6-9pm

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present 1:1, a site-specific installation by Lou Mallozzi based on two 2005 excavations from Krems-Wachtberg, an archeological site near Vienna where the artist was in residence in 2015. The first excavation, dated to 25,000 BCE, features the oldest known burial of two infants in a single prepared grave. The second, from the same period, includes one of the oldest painted objects ever recovered, a piece of ivory with eleven stripes of red ochre. Though the find has unprecedented historical merit, Mallozzi’s initial response was emotional, triggered by the care taken for the twins’ burial. Out of this, Mallozzi began an investigation that framed the dig within a contemporary art context: How do archeologists exploit the slight horizontal differences between topological layers, and how does this horizontal difference become vertical as a dig deepens? What presence does red ochre add to the marking of history in dirt and fragments? How does forensic cataloging double museum cataloging?

For 1:1, Mallozzi explores this archeological and emotional material by continuing his work in site specific architectural and sonic installation. One half of the installation, Planks, floats eleven clear acrylic replicas of floorboards from Sector 2337’s main gallery over their doubles. Twins occupies the entire southeast wall of the gallery and consists of a pencil-line grid divided into eleven sets of twenty squares containing the fingerprints of eleven sets of twins from the Chicagoland area.

Presented alongside this show is an artist-made catalog, including original source materials from Mallozzi’s research, related images and artworks, and scholarly essays by Seth Kim-Cohen, Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz, Bryan Markovitz, and Joseph Clayton Mills.

Lou Mallozzi (b. 1957) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often focuses on sound, language, and acousmatics. During his more than three decades of interdisciplinary arts practice, he has performed, exhibited, and broadcast in a number of venues in the US and Europe, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Arts Club Chicago, The Renaissance Society, Randolph Street Gallery Chicago, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, Bayersicher Rundfunk Munich, New American Radio, Experimental Intermedia New York, Ausland Berlin, Radiorevolten Festival Halle, Constellation Chicago, and many others.

Photo by Joshi Radin.


Immanentizing the Eschaton

a site-specific installation by Manal Kara at the Shoebox Gallery.

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present Immanentizing the Eschaton a site-specific installation by Manal Kara at the Shoebox Gallery.

Manal Kara’s assemblage combines inlaid and laser cut acrylic and wood to create a multilayered, heterogeneous composition. Using semiotic techniques, Immanentizing the Eschaton presents myths and theories about the universe’s creation and its foreshadowed demise. From a feminist angle, Kara looks to Slavic mythologies like Baba Yaga, mystical philosophies about repositories of information such as the Akashic record, and the study of plant organisms to deanthropocentrize common understandings of what constitutes a world. Kara brings together this constellation of research to point at how mythologies can be intrinsically misogynistic and how certain philosophies repeatedly position human provenance at the center of existence, hindered by their built-in perceptual apparatus.

About the Artist:

Manal Kara (b. 1986) is a Moroccan-American self-taught artist. They have exhibited work both nationally and internationally and are based in Gary, IN. http://www.manalkara.com/

About 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.