JUDITH BROTMAN | NOVEMBER 6-27, 2016
Judith Brotman is an artist and educator from Chicago. Her work has included mixed media installations and theatrical immersive environments which occupy a space between sculpture and drawing. Recent work also includes language/text based conceptual projects which are meditations on the possibility of transformation.
Throughout her residency, A Few Choice Words, Judith will cut up texts from a variety of books to create smaller and out of context words and phrases. Each author's words will be kept in separate packets. Visitors will then be asked to bring in a personally meaningful text, and read to Judith for up to 30 minutes. In response to each reading, Judith will create a unique packet of mixed words and phrases to give to each reader. One of her inspirations for this is Chinese herbal medicine, and its central belief in creating harmony through complementary forces.
Brotman has exhibited extensively in Chicago and throughout the US. Her work has been shown at Threewalls, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, Illinois State Museum, NIU Art Gallery, the DeVos Art Museum, Hampshire College, Smart Museum of Art, SOFA Chicago, the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, & the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Brotman’s work is in the collection of the Illinois State Museum, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Brotman received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently teaches.
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
The Evanston Art Center is seeking individuals to participate in Judith Brotman’s Society! Artwork-in-Residence, A Few Choice Words.
How? Sign up to bring in a personally meaningful text which you will read to Judith in the project space for up to 30 minutes. Any book. Any text.
In response to your reading and dialogue, Judith will create and prescribe a unique packet of mixed words and phrases culled from cut up texts from a variety of books and authors. This engagement, an extension of her ongoing Reading Project, stems from her interests in the impact of the written and spoken word, and the complex nature of human motivations. Her residency will reflect these interests to create an engaging meditation on the power of words, conversation, and exchange. One of her inspirations for this is Chinese herbal medicine, and its central belief in creating harmony through complementary forces.
To sign up, call the front desk at the Art Center and request a time that fits your schedule:
Thursday, November 10 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Monday, November 14 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, November 17 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday, November 21 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, November 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
*Please note that if you are interested in another date than those listed, contact the EAC to make special arrangements with the artist.
Sunday, November 13, 1-2:30pm
Reading: A Few Choice Words
Cake and refreshments to follow the reading
In Victorian times individuals would gather and read to each other on Sundays. As part of her residency A Few Choice Words, an extension of her ongoing Reading Project, Judith Brotman has partnered with curator Jessica Cochran to invite a group of individuals to read aloud from a book of their choosing. We welcome the public to come and listen to a broad range of readings culled from literature, nonfiction, poetry and criticism.