photos by Jeffrey W. Eckel.
“Unity” is a two-person, multimedia exhibition from artists Joe Miller and J. Thomas Pallas that explores themes of completeness, totality, and agreement, with 5 new, collaborative works in installation, sculpture, and video. Inspired in part by a groundbreaking elementary school in East St. Louis, the artists team up and use a range of approaches to investigate history, education, and unification. The evening will feature music by Odd Obsession.
Joe Miller [http://www.joemillerwork.com] recently received his MFA from the University of Chicago and his work can be seen on self-created Free Walls throughout the city and at the Empty Bottle. Every site offers an interesting potential related to presence, the logic of the activity itself, and its perpetual cycle. He is the current artist-in-residence at HCL.
J. Thomas Pallas [http://jthomaspallas.com] received his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2008, focusing on the dialectics of abstraction/representation, authenticity/appropriation, complicity/political activity, and ethics/aesthetics. His work has been exhibited in Chicago and at venues throughout the country.