Upside Down, Left to Right:
116 N. Walnut, Champaign, IL 61820
December 6, 2013 – January 25, 2014
Exhibition Opening: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5-8 p.m., Figure One
Closing Reception: Friday, January 24, 2014, 5-8 p.m., Figure One
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Art + Design’s Figure One Gallery will open its winter exhibition titled Upside Down, Left to Right: 116 N. Walnut, which reveals the history of the gallery’s location. The opening reception will take place on Friday, December 6th from 5 pm – 8 pm. The closing reception will take place on January 24th and it will include music and poetry reading event.
The exhibition explores the past, present, and future of 116 N. Walnut Street, telling a narrative about the transformation of that space and its function from G.R. Grubb and Company Photo Engraving, to the Old Main Bookshoppe, and finally to Figure One Gallery. The history of the space is revealed in video interviews with owners of previous businesses housed in the space. Oral histories from George Grubb, Steve Kysar, and Harold Balbach commemorate their businesses and ways that they influenced the local community. As part of the exhibition programming, the gallery will host a printmaking demonstration and an evening of music and poetry.
The art works displayed in the exhibition create abstract links to the history of the space and bring the story into the present. The works aim to transport and displace reality by playing with concepts such as history, falsehoods, memories, and nostalgia. Artists showing in the exhibit are Langston Allston, William Blake, Chelsea Choi, Siobhan Cooney, Clare Finin, Jess Kiel-Wornson, Melanie Leikam, Emmy Lingscheit, C.J. McCarrick, and Guen Montgomery. The works represent a variety of medium - printmaking, paintings, sculptures, and installations.
The University of Illinois students who are currently enrolled in Art Museum Exhibition Practice conceived this exhibition. The students prepared, organized, and designed the exhibition under supervision and guidance of Krannert Art Museum’s director Kathleen Harleman and University’s Art and Design professor Alan Mette.
Figure One Gallery is located at 116 N. Walnut Street in Champaign, Illinois. The exhibition will be on display from December 6th, 2013 till January 24th, 2014. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday: 1 pm – 6 pm, Friday 5 pm – 9 pm, and Saturday: 1 pm – 9 pm; admission is free.
Figure One is a laboratory that supports projects, exhibitions and events stemming from all areas of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels at The Illinois School of Art + Design. As an off-campus venue, Figure One is a public test bed for new ideas to take shape in the space between the safety of the classroom and the rigor of the professional world.