SCOTT SPEH GALLERY
845 W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
( scott at westernexhibitions dot com)
Wednesdays thru Saturdays
11am to 6pm
editions and more
14 to February 19, 2011
The iconic display of a head, severed and mounted on a stick,
is ubiquitous as a representation of ominous primordial savagery.
Cliché in its references to cannibalistic ritual, human
sacrifice or cautionary symbolism, its general structure also
contains rich connotations to formal art- a 3-dimensional image-object,
laden with material and conceptual possibility.
For the purposes of this project, curators Paul Nudd and Scott
Wolniak have adopted the concept of Heads on Poles as an open
guideline to direct broad responses from a large group of artists.
Over four dozen artists, ranging widely in discipline and style,
were invited to produce sculptures loosely based on the formula
of Head On Pole, in any material. These totem-objects will be
simply placed, as casually clustered bodies, throughout the main
gallery space of Western Exhibitions.
Additional artists have been asked to respond to the same theme
with graphic works for a concurrent print project.
Through collective effort and the idea that creative freedom can
occur within structural uniformity, Nudd and Wolniak hope to achieve
a complex and immersive spectacle. Diverse interpretations are
anticipated, with possible outcomes such as conceptual objects,
portraiture, obscenity, abstraction, political gestures, humor
and horror. With no attempt on the part of the curators to control
submissions after the initial call for participation, the final
group of works will be a surprise for all.
Jason Robert Bell & Marni Kotak
Ryan Travis Christian
Miller & Shellabarger
William J. O’Brien
Mindy Rose Schwartz
Edith Sloat & Sophie Greenstalk
Anne Van der Linden
Sarah Beth Woods