Binary Lore | Threewalls | Galleries | Chicago Reader

Binary Lore Agenda Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 3 2013

One of the first pieces you'll encounter in "Binary Lore" is Edie Fake's LGBTIQUA, which consists of a word formed from eight pastel-toned octagons, each one containing a single letter. The octagons are staggered in a way that makes you want to recombine them. Read left to right, the letters spell the nonsensical QITAULBG, but if you mix the order up you'll find words like LAB and QUIT; if you follow a zigzagging line, the word QUILTBAG emerges. It may sound like a slang name for a body part, but QUILTBAG is in fact an acronym for Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer; the term is viewed by some in the queer community as more inclusive than "LGBT"—it literally holds more. The art in "Binary Lore," the last show at Threewalls's current location (the gallery plans to reopen early next year in a new location, as yet TBA), is about expanding options and categories beyond either/or. The exhibit pairs Fake—he of the Gaylord Phoenix comic zines as well as the more recent "Memory Palace" drawings, which depicted a part-real, part-imaginary queer Chicago—with Brenna Murphy, a Portland, Oregon, artist who works with digital technology. She collaborates here with Birch Cooper under the moniker MSHR (pronounced "mesher"). Continue reading >>


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