Stephen Brandes News & Exhibitions
Throughout April 2024, Askeaton Contemporary Arts present a series of events and encounters throughout Chicago. Askeaton Contemporary Arts partake in BARELY FAIR, an international invitational art fair with a novel approach – artists exhibit in 1:12 scale booths built to mimic the design of a standard art fair. Continuing our interest in placemaking and shared histories, and as part of a series of diorama-like sculptures made in recent years, Stephen Brandes presents The Chicago Inferno Travel Show (Mrs Leary’s Cow). With a balance of dark humour and poignance, his artwork remembers the story of Catherine Leary, an immigrant from Kerry to Chicago wrongly blamed for 1871’s Great Fire of Chicago. The flames, that supposedly originated inside her barn, destroyed the fastest growing city of the time, paving the way for the world’s first skyscrapers and many more modern innovations. Stephen’s artwork points to several concocted stories existing around the fire’s beginnings, each ultimately undermining the lives of new immigrant cultures from an urban middle-class establishment. COLOR CLUB 4146 N. ELSTON AVE. CHICAGO, IL April 12 – 21, 2024
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