|Above: Daviel Shy, left, and Hope Esser, right, following their performance at The Hills on February 14, 2014.|
February 14 - March 21, 2014
The Hills Esthetic Center
128 N. Campbell Avenue
Esser & Shy's first performance and opening reception, available on February 14, 2014, is documented here.
***A second performance, "Beware, Beloved: Ides of March Release Party," featuring a reading of poetry from "Letters Unsent" by Daviel Shy, and a mixtape entitled "That Were never Ours" by Hope Esser, is scheduled for 7:00 PM, March 15, 2014.***
"'Take Aim' is an exhibition by Chicago artists Hope Esser and Daviel Shy at The Hills Esthetic Center. Esser and Shy, who were lovers from 2005-2011, have had parallel practices, running often extremely close but never intersecting. In 'Take Aim,' they negotiate the back and forth of collaboration, competition and cross-examination in a field of play. Drawing from the imagery of St. Valentine, the exhibition contains letter correspondence, interpretations of Man Ray’s Object to be Destroyed, and an altered game of badminton. The artists combine their tools of writing, film, sculpture, and performance into a Valentine’s Day jubilee of brokenheartedness. Ouch."
Quotation above from: http://www.thevisualist.org/2014/02/hope-esser-daviel-shy-take-aim/
|Above: Artifacts in the gallery following the performance of "Take Aim" on February 14, 2014.|
|Above: The Hills' Michael Kloss, foreground, and Bad at Sports' Dana Bassett, background.|
|Above: Chelsea Culp, left, Leo Kaplan, center, and Ben Foch, right.|
|Above: Mia, left, with Chloe, right.|
|Above: Hope Esser on the badminton court during the performance of "Volley" in "Take Aim" on February 14, 2014.|
|Above: Gonzalo, left, Sarah, center, and Alex Chitty at right, behind The Hills' tiki bar.|
|Above: The Hills Esthetic Center live/work space, foreground, tiki bar, background.|
|Above: The Hills' Leo Kaplan.|
|Above: The Hills' Michael Kloss, left, and Bad at Sports' Dana Bassett, right.|
|Above: The Hills Esthetic Center gallery following the performance of "Volley" in "Take Aim" on February 14, 2014.|
Images (1-16) February 14, 2014;
Copyright Paul E. Germanos.