Tongue In Cheek: Irreverence in Print
The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is pleased to present an exhibition dedicated to work which revels in irreverence, featuring printed matter which indulges in crass humor, vulgarity, and all things lowbrow. Due to its penchant for mass production, affordability, and wide dissemination, printmaking presents artists an opportunity to engage the masses in a unique way. Historically, this has given printmakers tremendous freedom to depict subject matters outside the stuffy confines of “high art”, employing humor, lewdness, profanity, and shock-value to entice viewers and illustrate issues unpalatable to polite society.
This exhibition explores the ways contemporary printmakers continue this tradition– rejecting the “serious” in favor of the bawdy, the flippant, the obscene, and the absurd. Through resolutely refusing to respect that which is generally taken seriously, irreverence holds an untapped potential for critique, reclamation of power, and celebration of self and community.
Curated by Jack Spector-Bishop, Ian Ruppenthal, and Carl Voss
Eric Wilson Beauvais Lyons
Kyle Peets Lya Finston
Chris Williford Jolynn Reigeluth
Brandon Oswalt Emilien Maricot