Stephanie Brooks in conversation with Kirsten Stoltmann

The Society for Contemporary Art invites you on Tuesday, January 16th to an exhibition and presentations by STEPHANIE BROOKS AND KIRSTEN STOLTMANN. Stephanie Brooks’ multi-media work, while conceptual in nature, demonstrates a finely honed sense of humor. ?Her work concerns itself primarily with the vocabularies of authority, standardization and classification in common sign systems and in our critical thinking about post-minimalist art practice, while cleverly exploring issues of identity and self interpretation in the process. Some of her most compelling works to date are her alterations of some of the most ubiquitous traces of order and bureaucracy: ?a Federal tax form that requires one to report levels of emotional, rather than financial, achievement; a New York Times stock exchange page listing values of emotional states, not stocks. ?In a recent work made of a series of blue plastic plaques, white lettered texts predict emotional developments in the cadence of a weather report: “Mostly moody in the morning with scattered dramas and a few tears; increasing loneliness in the afternoon.” Through a series of videos and photographs Kirsten Stoltmann reveals a range of emotions and fantasies utilizing herself, friends and appropriated imagery. Fresh and unpretentious, Stoltmann?s work challenges conventions in the normally high-brow art world. ?She unabashedly says about Praise You, 2000, “I?m 32 and lonely.” About Missy, 1999, she says “Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliot embodies everything that is cool and Kirsten thinks she too has the potential to be as innovative, fashionable and talented.” ?In one of her most beautiful videos, shirtless boys skateboard on a half-pipe built in her tiny studio, their sensuous movements collaged with footage of flowers. The Society is pleased to present these two emerging Chicago artists, both graduates of the University of Illinois MFA Program, ?whose works ?will be on view for one night only. The artists will be present to discuss their work.

Lecture
118 N. Peoria Street
Members – $40

05:30PM – 07:00PM – Reception
118 N. Peoria Street

07:00PM – 08:00PM – Lecture
118 N. Peoria Street