Blackitolism

Esau McGhee

Opening reception on Saturday, Aug 22 from 8-10pm

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present Blackitolism, a window installation by Chicago-based artist, Esau McGhee. Produced in tandem with the Terrain Bienniale, Blackitolism will be visible from the street 24 hours a day, seven days a week from August 23 — September 30th, teasing late night pedestrians with a-typical advertisement. Part concrete poem, part neon sculpture, part print edition, McGhee’s work toys with the power of suggestion and the idiosyncrasy of desire.

The 2015 Terrain Biennial will take place in multiple locations in Oak Park, River Forest, and Chicago as well as Los Angeles and Dallas. The opening event will be at 704 highland Ave. 3-10 pm on Sunday August 23rd, with performances and events by Aram Han Sifuentes, Sarah Beth Woods/ Tracers; True Touch Spa/ Rachel Ellison; Fatimata Traore; Holly Rae Harrell; Caleb Yono; The Haxan 5 with Bruce Neal, Sean DeSantis, Matt Silcock, Catie Olson and EC Brown and DJ dance event by Chances Dances. Bad at Sports will host a talk show project throughout the day @ Terrain and Inside the Artist Kitchen will host a pie eating (and throwing) event.  

 

Esau McGhee, Blackitolism, 2014. Installation view, Sector 2337, Chicago. Photo by Clare Britt.

Esau McGhee, Blackitolism, 2014. Installation view, Sector 2337, Chicago. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Esau McGhee, Blackitolism, 2014. Installation view, Sector 2337, Chicago. Photo by Clare Britt.

Esau McGhee, Blackitolism, 2014. Installation view, Sector 2337, Chicago. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Esau McGhee, Blackitolism, 2014. Installation view, Sector 2337, Chicago. Photo by Clare Britt.

Esau McGhee, Blackitolism, 2014. Installation view, Sector 2337, Chicago. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Artist CV / Bio: Much of Esau McGhee’s research and artistic practice concentrates on a critique of image construction through strategies of image making. Beginning with his photographic investigation of urban space in his native Philadelphia he has increasingly honed in on the topics of class and race construction. His most recent work has shifted from conventional strategies of representation, be it the use of the camera lens or traditional collage, to sculptural practice and large-scale installation of grid based printed works. In both cases he has deployed the found object as a strategy to further investigate the constructed image, focusing on the “image” of urban racial construction and the site of its consumption.

About Terrain: Terrain Exhibitions is committed to producing spontaneous interactions between the viewers and artworks by creating opportunities for artists to make site responsive installations that redefine the definition of public art. In a massive expansion for the 2nd Biennial, Terrain has reached out to sites all across the country as well as internationally. This year, the Biennial includes cities in Illinois near Oak Park like Chicago, and Morris, as well as states and countries such as Wisconsin, Tennessee, South Dakota, North Carolina, Texas, California; Denmark; Ontario and Cambodia. 75 artists and 3 collectives are creating site interventions at 60 locations. An interactive website will provide access to information, documentation and additional events for all sites.