Tongue in Cheek: Irreverence in Print

Opening: Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 5 – 8 pm
Saturday, Sep 18 – Nov 6, 2021

4912 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Curated by Carl Voss, Jack Spector-Bishop, and Ian Ruppenthal

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is pleased to present an exhibition dedicated to work which revels in irreverence, featuring print-based work which indulges in crass humor, vulgarity, and all things lowbrow. Due to its penchant for mass production, affordability, and wide dissemination, printmaking has, on occasion, been a conduit for artists to engage in a less refined and more pop-oriented way to cater to the masses. Historically, this has given printmakers tremendous freedom to depict subject matters outside the stuffy confines of “high art”, employing humor, lewdness, profanity, and shock-value to entice viewers and illustrate issues unpalatable to polite society. 

This exhibition explores the ways contemporary printmakers continue this tradition-- rejecting the “serious” in favor of the bawdy, the flippant, the obscene, and the absurd. Through resolutely refusing to respect that which is generally taken seriously, irreverence holds an untapped potential for critique, reclamation of power, and celebration of self and community.

Featured artists:

Eric Wilson, Beauvais Lyons, Kyle Peets, Daniel Luedtke, Lya Finston, Emily Harter, Chris Williford, Oli Watt, Morgan Price, Jolynn Reigeluth , Rosabel Rosalind, Breanne Trammell, Tyler Krasowski, Brandon Oswalt, Emilien Maricot, Jack Spector-Bishop, Carl Voss, Ian Ruppenthal 

Curated by Jack Spector-Bishop, Carl Voss, and Ian Ruppenthal

More info about the exhibition HERE

Gallery hours Fridays and Saturdays 12-5 or by appointment.

Masks are required for ALL visitors.