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Curated by Front Forty Press, Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture offers a provocative look into current trends that blur the line between annihilation and euphoria in contemporary art, thought, and sound. This dynamic exhibition presents diverse and engaging imagery from over thirty well-respected local and international contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Ideas of destruction and transcendence fuel the range of expressions featured in Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture. The artworks in this exhibition are intensely individual and express larger cultural concerns. Ranging from the religious, scientific, sensual, and didactic, the diverse themes of the exhibition punctuate the relevance and malleability of such topics in contemporary discourse.
Artists participating in the exhibition include: Ricky Allman, Oksana Badrak, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Kelly Barrie, Nina Bovasso, Sebastiaan Bremer, Christopher Bucklow, Case Simmons & Andrew Burke, Dan De Los Monteros, Eduardo DeSoignie, Jon Elliott, Lora Fosberg, Julie Heffernan, Cody Hudson, Jennifer J.L. Jones, Ellen Kooi, Soo Kim, Mark McGinnis, Julie Mehretu, Richard Misrach, David Opdyke, Emilio Perez, John Pranica, Jean-Pierre Roy, Alison Ruttan, Carrie Schneider, Andrew Schoultz, Matthew Schreiber, Erika Somogyi, John Sparagana, Doug and Mike Starn, Michael Tarbi, Nicola Verlato, and Caleb Weintraub.
Additional programming includes live performances from select audio artists, and lectures by scholars working in a number of fields concerning the exhibition's topics. The exhibition complements a book project of the same name released by Front Forty Press and distributed by the University of Chicago in September 2008. This handsome catalogue features a comprehensive section of interviews, critical essays, and large illustrations of work by sixty artists. Download artists bios Download Press Release Reviews of this exhibition have been published in the following publications and websites: Artforum New City
Image: Installation view