(available as a limited edition (100) screen print for $25, or as a gift for $100 donations to the project-kickstarter in progress.)
Or buy a cube from Spontaneous Interventions to support the project.
The Beast is a wide-ranging art project by Chicago-based artist and builder, John Preus, at the Hyde Park Art Center, in their state-of-the-art 1200 sq. ft. exhibition space.
The Beast is a roughly 20 x 40 ft. longhorn steer hybrid, built from materials collected from the closed Chicago public schools. The project imagines the waste-filled urban landscape as a crop, as game, as a receptacle of partially-cooked materials, and as evidence of an economy gone awry. The Beast explores the nature of the public sphere in relation to trauma, in the interior of the beast which will function as a public living room, and event center. Conversations and events will explore debt and the social economy, aspects of ritual sacrifice and cultural narrative, family and community life, collective vs. individual psychology, religion and commitment, adaptive design and repair…
Exhibition opens April 13th. Performance by New Material (Mikel Avery, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen, John Preus)
Apri 16th: John Preus in conversation with philosophers Simon Critchley (New School, NY) and Bart Schultz (Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago)
Architecture panel, with Iker Gil of MAS Context in conjunction with Dilettante Studios. Details to follow.
May 2-3, Soprano Sarah Lawrence performs A Requiem for The Beast, accompanied by New Material.
Modeled largely on SHoP (Southside Hub of Production-an art and community center that Preus co-founded with Laura Shaeffer), programming treats the site like an active community center and town square. The activity vacillates between critique, festival, chaos, anarchy, and stands as an open invitation to the community to use the space in novel and exciting ways. The Beast may host, among other things, panels, sermons, birthday parties, focus groups, AA meetings, affordable housing seminars, psychiatric evaluations, speeches, reading groups, strategic planning sessions, tutoring and after school programming for youth, hip-hop university, organization campaigns, music events and performances, storytelling, dinners, rituals… General focus areas will be: the foundations of violence, anarchy/self organization, buildings and urban space, the boundary between personal and public, the concept of “neighbor”, belief, economic reform.
contact john with programming ideas.
…or a vacant firehouse
pelt 1, harvested leather ottoman, west Rogers Park, cedar 2012 fabricated by Kevin Reiswig
pelt 2, harvested naugahyde bar stool, hickory, string, 2012, fabricated by Fred Schmidt-Arenales