WHO WE ARE:
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Chicago devoted to supporting emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes programs designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.
ACRE's yearlong programming starts with its Annual Summer Residency. The residency takes place each July and August in rural southwest Wisconsin. Residents have the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices and to take part in programming within a collaborative community. Throughout the rest of the year ACRE operates programming in Chicago designed to further support the artists who attend the residency. For more information please visit ACREresidency.org
WHAT WE ARE RAISING FUNDS FOR:
Help us raise funds for our summer residency kitchen program! The ACRE kitchen strives to foster a kitchen that does much more than just feed people. We make great effort to support the local farms and producers in our area, avoiding big box stores and commercial food distributors in order to contribute to the local economy and lessen our environmental impact. This year we will be initiating efforts to grow our own food directly on site and improving upon the large outdoor kitchen and dining area that we built last year. This will include building more counter space and purchasing industrial-grade equipment.
Funds raised through kickstarter will enable us to continue to source locally and conscientiously and also allow us to explore the many fascinating aspects of food and eating. Our dedicated and experienced chefs create a menu each year that reflects their perspectives as artists, highlighting local foods, creating surprising pairings of flavors, experimenting with innovative recipes and techniques, and integrating programming into the ritual of eating.
This year the ACRE kitchen has invited artists and chefs to share their knowledge, interact with the residency community, and contribute to meals. Projects and artists reflecting on our own place in the history of food and dining or who approach cuisine and eating as an artform, political act, or transcendent experience have been invited to present lectures, lead workshops and prepare special meals. Additionally planned is a foraging walk wherein plants collected from the grounds will be used for a meal, an instructional chicken slaughter workshop, and a lecture on the cross section of food and erotica. We will need to provide the materials for all of these planned workshops and activities.
To finish off the kitchen program each year, the kitchen staff creates KADABRA, a cookbook that is inspired by the culinary and creative activities of the past summer. KADABRA is a reflection of the residency experience itself and the philosophy of community and creativity behind ACRE's mission.
Help ACRE continue to develop this unique aspect of its Artist Residency Program.
KADABRA VOL II:
A collection of 25 Recipe Cards documenting recipes from the 2011 ACRE kitchen with art work by ACRE residents, staff, and visiting artists. KADABRA Vol II is a creation of residency chefs Melissa Damasauskus and Rachel Ettling.
Participating artists include: Zacharias Abubeker, Caitlin Arnold, Matt Austin, Becca Brown, Emily Clayton, Caleb Cole, Ben Driggs, Emily Green, James Green, Maggie Haas, Ashley Hudson, Matthew Lane, Bryan Lear, David Moré, Kristina Paabus, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Erin Washington, and Nicholas Wylie.
TEA TOWEL + POSTER:
Both designed by ACRE Assistant Director, Ciara Ruffino, the TEA TOWEL and POSTER make great accessories to KADABRA! Hand drawn and screen-printed, the poster features a conversion chart and the tea towel, a collection of illustrated knives.
Fine Art PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT:
Printed at approximately 11x14" on archival paper. This special Kickstarter edition is printed by Document. (you will be contacted for your choice of print shortly after pledging your donation)
Untitled (Coyote Masks), 2008
Ink Drawing, (original size) 24 x 30"
Caroline Carlsmith is an artist and writer based in Chicago. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and a BA in Visual Critical Studies. In the fall she will be entering the MFA program at Northwestern University. Carlsmith is currently pursuing a love affair with Walt Whitman. carolinecarlsmith.com
Pilsen Cat, 18th March 2012
Todd Diederich (b.1982) is a photographer and mixed media artist. He attended Columbia College Chicago from 2000-2003 and in 2003 won the Jack Jaffe Award for Documentary Photography. Feeling good, Diederich left Chicago for the South and embarked on a mission to become the post apocalyptic version of himself. His street level style captures the energy and vibrance of the people and neighborhoods of Chicago. Whether it be underground Ball Scenes, celebrations for hometown teams or local characters, Diederich's keen eye reveals the electric activity hidden in the city. Currently shoots for Vice. beodddierich.com
Aron Gent (born 1985) resides in Chicago, IL where he received a degree in photography from Columbia College Chicago. His work is in the collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum and has been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, Concertina Gallery and GASP Project Space in Boston. He currently teaches at the Hyde Park Art Center, is the photography editor for Proximity Magazine and is the founder of Document print services and exhibition space. arongent.com
Acrylic, gouache, latex, oil, and watercolor on panel, (original size) 12" x 12"
Erin Washington creates mixed-media paintings and drawings using fugitive or symbolic materials to depict natural phenomenon such as cosmic catastrophes and cellular pathology. A 2011 ACRE Resident, Washington currently teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Erin's first solo show, “Every Now and Then I Fall Apart” was featured at the Plaines Project in Spring 2012. She has most recently exhibited in group shows at Zola Lieberman Gallery, Julius Ceasar, Autumn Space, and Murdertown. erinwashington.com
Fine Art PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT TRIPTYCH
Each triptych includes three archival prints at approximately 11x14". This special Kickstarter edition is printed by Document. (you will be contacted for your choice of triptych shortly after pledging your donation)
Phillip Morris & The KKK, Marloboro & The KKK, Best Regards, 2012
Screen Print and Acrylic on Canvas
Paul Erschen is an artist and musician who lives and works in Chicago. Erschen's recent studio practice involves sculpture, printmaking, mold-making/casting, and archiving. Recent exhibitions include: "West Plaza" at Document Gallery, "Group Hug" at Co-Proseperity Sphere, and "Recipes for Mold And Sun", a collaboration with Rachel Ettling, at Roxaboxen. paulerschen.com
Excavation on Cobra Lilly Mountain #1 #2 #3, 2012
Heidi Norton (American b. Baltimore, Maryland 1977, lives in Chicago) received her BFA from University of Maryland in 1999 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. She was included in the show Snapshot at the Contemporary Art Museum in Balitmore, and has had solo exhibitions at Johalla Projects Chicago (2012), Northeastern Illinois University Chicago (2011), Ebersmoore Chicago (2011), and HungryMan San Francisco (2011). She has also been included in group shows at Mark Wolfe Contemporary San Francisco, NADA Hudson, NEXT Chicago, Monique Meloche Gallery Chicago, Andrew Rafacz Gallery Chicago, and the Knitting Factory New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She was selected Solo Show of the Year by New City 2011 and Top 10 Art Exhibition in Chicago 2011 by TimeOut. She is a professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Norton will mount her first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in August 2012. heidi-norton.com
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