April 14 – May 5, 2018, Opening Reception April 14, 7-10pm
Yikes, a word that a person says in a stressful situation. It is a word that emotes the face, tingles the spine, and makes hairs stand on end. It is okay to kinda freak out. It really seems like we sit on the edge of a deep and complex change that will affect the very fabric of our local and global condition. This change seems to surround every aspect of our existence. It is full spectrum – from love, family, religion, to the body, to each other’s bodies, to all of us and our dying pale blue dot. YIKES! is an invitation to share in this collective growing concern. It is a speech act – a declaration that change is only possible if we deconstruct our own willful blindness.
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists and educators who received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working as a team since 2008, their art has been exhibited in artist-run exhibition spaces in Springfield, Brooklyn, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis. In addition, they have presented performances at institutions throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, and the MCA. Their work has been shown at the Columbus Museum of Art, The Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Western Exhibitions, and a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.