Opening Reception – Saturday, December 12, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Closing Reception – Saturday, January 9, 2:00 to 4:00pm
Gallery Hours – Tuesdays, 1:00 – 5:00pm; Wednesdays, 3:00 – 6:00pm and Thursdays, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Production with Models is an exhibition of handmade models of the City of Chicago that will be used in the shooting of a series of videos depicting the destruction of Chicago. During the run of the exhibition, artist Meg Duguid will perform the destruction of the city using the models and capture it on video. On January 9, audience members will also be invited to assist in the flying of a model plane and the dropping of a bomb on the city as a part of the closing reception.
This exhibition is a part of Tramp Project, a performance for film project that adapts James Agee’s 1947 script, “The Tramp’s New World.” The project addresses Duguid’s interest in the congruity of performance and its documentation as an intersection for aesthetic practice. Over the duration of this project, Duguid will complete a series of filmed performances that result in a fully edited feature and cinema experience, a series of objects and sets, and a series of production stills.
In “The Tramp’s New World” – originally written for Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp character – a super-atomic bomb is dropped, leaving seemingly just the one survivor, the Tramp. As the picture unfolds, it is clear that others have survived and are coalescing around two separate and completely different communities. The artist will use photo and video documentation of Production with Models to be utilized as part of the completed film.
About the Artist –
Meg Duguid believes that documentation is paramount to her art making and is invested in the ways that documentation and art can be integrated in a single practice. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Bard College. She has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 6018 NORTH, Slow Gallery, the Mission, Terrrain, and Defibrillator Performance Art Space in Chicago, as well as the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, 667 Shotwell in San Francisco, and the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City. Duguid has screened work at Synthetic Zero in New York, Spiderbug in Chicago, and the Last Supper Festival in Brooklyn. From 2009 to 2011 she ran Clutch Gallery, a 25-square-inch white cube located in the heart of her purse; since then, she lends her purse to others to curate and carry. Duguid lives and works in Chicago with her husband, her son, and three cats.