University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Public Affairs (MC 288)
601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607-7113, (312) 996-3456,

February 9, 2000 Contact: Bryant Payne (312) 355-2523,



Chicago artists Lara Lepionka, Jennifer Talbot, Christine Tarkowski and Anne Wilson will open their exhibit at Gallery 400 with a presentation of their latest works - "Identifying Marks;" "Cherry Picker;" "Cabin;" and "A Chronicle of Days," respectively. The exhibit will include a panel discussion with the artists.


Opening reception for the artist
Wednesday, Feb. 16
4 - 7 p.m.
Time-based Performance by Jennifer Talbot at 5 p.m.

Panel discussion with the artist
Tuesday, Feb. 29 5 p.m.


UIC Gallery 400 College of Architecture and the Arts School of Art and Design 400 S. Peoria St.


Collectively the four artists provide the viewer with an examination of the decentralized relationship between the experience of art and the materials of life.

Lara Lepionka's project, Identifying Marks, and its accompanying project, "Visible Links," are a result of a collaboration with a restaurant and its staff. Food service workers' personal statements are engraved into flatware, etched into plates and glasses, and embroidered into napkins and then used by the restaurant in its daily operation.

Jennifer Talbot's performance and video, "Cherry Picker," is an investigation into the necessary and prescribed activities of the human body: desire, appetite, consumption, nourishment and depletion.

Christine Tarkowski's "Cabin" is both a physical presentation of a house, and a photographic presentation of the shelter, documenting its virtual location within the urban landscape.

Anne Wilson's "A Chronicle of Days," is a collection of 100 framed panels of torn pieces of white damask tablecloth embroidered with small spots of human hair. Tiny stitches hold the hairs in place, referencing a particularly gendered history of stitchery, self-preservation and bodily security.

The exhibit runs from Feb. 14 - March 11. The gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5p.m.; Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Direct exhibit questions to Karen Indeck, Gallery 400 director (312) 996-6114.


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