Claire Ashley, Dumb Double Disco Ideas, 2013, Performance at the MCA

THE LEROY NEIMAN CENTER | Thursday, January 30, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m

Select projects on view January 31 – February 7

Co-sponsored by Campus Life

PARTY begins as a one-night event celebrating SUGs’ 20th anniversary as a forum for student-run exhibitions with select elements on view through February 7. For this special occasion, artworks and participatory projects by SAIC alumni and faculty reconfigure and question the traditional components of a perfect celebration. Featured artists include Alberto Aguilar (BFA 97, MFA 2001), Claire Ashley (Adjunct Associate Professor, Contemporary Practices, Painting and Drawing, MFA 1995), Eric May (OxBow Chef, BFA 2000), Mr. Wiggles (Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing, MFA 1979), Trii Ngo (BFA 2013), and Vincent Uribe  (BFA + BAVCS 2013) with Chelsea Culp (BFA + BAAHC 2007).

Claire Ashley gets the Party started with junk bumpin’ punk humpin’ ass crunkin’, presenting dynamic, inflated sculptures that echo the spinning, sweaty dizziness of a pulsating dance floor. DJ Mr. Wiggles sets the beat as dancers in Ashley’s painted inflatables cut loose in a high-energy choreographed performance.

Collaborators Vincent Uribe and Chelsea Culp invite guests to pose for photographs against an interchangeable series of backdrops created by over 30 SAIC alumni. The backdrops double as social instigators translating lived experience into social media.

Alberto Aguilar mines the creative energy of intimacy within the boisterous social atmosphere, offering free-hand henna tattoos in a private booth.  In a separate installation, Aguilar hangs a series of ceiling streamers that play with the minimal aesthetic of the LeRoy Neiman Center.

Every party has a backstory and an invitation to attend (or for attention). Placed at street-level, a series of large, hand-painted window signs by Aguilar and Eric May play with notions of exacted design, an empty message, and the utter nonsense of most advertising in the public sphere.

Trii Ngo commemorates SUGs’ anniversary with an intricate installation located in the Neiman Center’s Wabash window. Over five thousand individually hung postcards from past student exhibitions form an interwoven network of images spanning SUGs’ 20 year history.

The anniversary celebration continues with After Party, a curated exhibition of SAIC student work open February 12–28 in the LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery.  Join us for the opening reception on Monday, February 17, 4:00–6:00 p.m.