Dana DeGiulio, Untitled, 2013. Suburban, Oak Park, IL.
DeGiulio is a former student of Michelle Grabner’s who operates the Suburban, and is currently a colleague where they both teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To underwrite the expenses of this project, DeGiulio sold a painting of Grabner’s that had been given to her as a gift earlier in their relationship. She consigned the work with James Cohan Gallery, who started represented Grabner in the time since she was announced as one of the three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial (an exhibition DeGiulio will not appear in). With the proceeds of the painting’s sale, DeGiulio purchased a 1996 Buick Sedan. On the morning of Sunday, November 17th, she wrecked the car into the original 8’x8’ Suburban gallery space. Grabner and her husband Brad Killam confirmed that afternoon that the building’s integrity has been compromised beyond repair, and whatever they decide to do with the gallery space moving forward, it will involve demolishing the current structure. The car is crumpled up against the front of the structure, and long, deep cracks (and considerable gaps between cinder blocks) fracture the building. A fold out brochure accompanies the wreck, with accompanying inscriptions such as this from Adrienne Rich: ”And I believed I was loved, I believed I loved Who did this to us,” and from Laurie Anderson, “O Superman, O mom and dad.”
photograph documentation by Dana DeGiulio + Patrick Quilao
Luis Miguel Bendaña
Fruits of Heaven (2013)
Machine knit cotton on vinyl
Preview of the exhibition, White Mud Filthy Clean currently on view at Important Projects! ;)
Sam Lipp, Baco (2013)
Chelsea Culp, Cherish Everything(2013), available for auction at
Chloe Seibert – Rafflesia (2013). Mixed media
More images from Hi It’s Me at QT Gallery.
Luis Miguel Bendaña
Enamel, sculpey on vinyl
more images from ‘LIFE CAN BE SWEET AND AMAZING (BUT IT NEVER IS)’ a show at PRETEEN GALLERY
‘LIFE CAN BE SWEET AND AMAZING (BUT IT NEVER IS)’ at PRETEEN GALLERY