Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Foundation Workshop Series, Forms & Features: Pantoum

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In February, we explore the pantoum, a form born of Malaysian oral poetry that draws heavily upon repetition, rhyme, and juxtaposition.

Participants will read and discuss a wide range of pantoums. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing a pantoum of their own, will conclude the session. To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Observation Devices by Dylan Cale Jones with Read/Write Library

Join us on Saturday February 17th from 2-6pm for the opening reception of Observation Devices, a growing collection of works by Dylan Cale Jones. The collection includes drawings, sculptures, photographs, tools, events, and text. Each work documents observations of public spaces in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Observation Devices invokes the name of the Chicago Police Department’s surveillance cameras, called PODs (Police Observation Devices). They are part of “Operation Virtual Shield”, one of the largest networks of public and private surveillance infrastructure in the world. Observation Devices is an expansion and critique of Operation Virtual Shield.

As part of Observation Devices, Humboldt Park’s Read/Write Library will present a curated pop-up library with selections from its collection. Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. During the pop-up library, Read/Write will deliver workshops that encourage members of Oak Park and its surrounding neighborhoods to produce and contribute materials to the pop-up library.

Observation Devices is presented by Dylan Cale Jones, Read/Write Library and Compound Yellow as part of the Self Reliance School.

Find out more at: compoundyellow.com, readwritelibrary.org, dylancalejones.com


 

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Observation Devices es una colección creciente de obras de Dylan Cale Jones. La colección incluye dibujos, esculturas, fotografías, herramientas, eventos y texto. Cada obra documenta las observaciones de los espacios públicos en el vecindario de Humboldt Park en Chicago. Observation Devices invocan el nombre de las cámaras de vigilancia del Departamento de Policía de Chicago, llamadas POD (Dispositivos de Observación de la Policía). Forman parte de "Operation Virtual Shield", una de las redes más grandes de infraestructura de vigilancia pública y privada en el mundo. Observation Devices es una expansión y crítica de Operation Virtual Shield.

 Como parte de Observation Devices, la biblioteca Read/Write de Humboldt Park presentará una biblioteca emergente seleccionada con selecciones de su colección. Read/Write colecciona, conserva y proporciona acceso a los medios comunitarios para inspirar y promover diversos modos de producción cultural y compromiso cívico. Durante la biblioteca emergente, Read / Write ofrecerá talleres que alientan a los miembros de Oak Park y sus vecindarios aledaños a producir y contribuir materiales a la biblioteca emergente.

 Observation Devices es presentado por Dylan Cale Jones, Read/Write Library y Compound Yellow como parte de Self Reliance School.

 Obtenga más información en: compoundyellow.com, readwritelibrary.org, dylancalejones.com

 

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Box Gallery by Richard Medina in conjunction with Observation Devices opening

Box Gallery is an experimental exhibition space takes the form of a 6" x 6" x 6" cardboard box. Artists are asked to respond to the unique constraints of the box, and create work that activates the interior of the space. More info at https://boxgallery.weebly.com

Richard Medina is an artist, curator, and filmmaker based in Chicago, IL. His work focuses on identifying and inhabiting archetypes, genres, and mythologies associated with American masculinity. He has exhibited at Project 1612, Roman Susan, Corner, 2nd Floor Rear, Kitchen Space, and the 2nd Terrain Biennial. In 2016 Richard was awarded the Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship. He is currently seeking his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Jan
27
to Jan 28

I made it to the second floor - Lorenza Perelli

Join us on Saturday January 27th from 6pm to 9pm for the opening reception of a site specific painting installation with its corollary of a moltitudine of small and large objects made of recycled materials molded into new ideas in the spirit of self reliance, by Chicago-based artist Lorenza Perelli.

This installation will open Saturday January 27th at 6pm, and is open to the public all day Sunday January 28th, by appointment.

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free, and all ages are welcome. 

 

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Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Foundation workshop series, Forms and Features

Monday, January 15th, 6:00-8:00 PM

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In January, we explore persona, a dramatic, mask-like character the poet creates, assumes, and speaks through.

The group will explore personae in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original persona poems, will conclude the session. To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

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Jan
7
1:00 PM13:00

Seam Ripper Sundays!

Sewing machines, seam rippers, deconstruction, reconstruction, making, faking, belly-aching. Bring it all! Bring your projects, ideas, skills, drinks, food, fabric! Bring your ripped, your torn your over worn! Special guests invited each week: textile artists, fashion designers, radical menders, and creative adapters.

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Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Foundation workshop series, Forms & Features: Elegy

Monday, December 18th, 6-8 pm

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In this last month of the year, we turn our attention to the elegy, a poem of mortality, loss, and consolation.

The group will explore a wide variety of elegies. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original elegies, will conclude the session.

Admission is free. To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

 

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Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Seam Ripper Sundays!

Sewing machines, seam rippers, deconstruction, reconstruction, making, faking, belly-aching. Bring it all! Bring your projects, ideas, skills, drinks, food, fabric! Bring your ripped, your torn your over worn! Special guests invited each week: textile artists, fashion designers, radical menders, and creative adapters.

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Forms and Features Poetry Foundation workshop series: Refrain

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In November, we focus on the refrain, repeating phrases or lines the poet John Hollander claimed “are, and have, memories.”

The group will explore aspects and effects of refrain in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original poems, will conclude the session. To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.
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Nov
19
1:00 PM13:00

Sunday Seam Rippers

Sewing machines, seam rippers, deconstruction, reconstruction, making, faking, belly-aching. Bring it all! Bring your projects, ideas, skills, drinks, food, fabric! Bring your ripped, your torn your over worn! Special guests invited each week: textile artists, fashion designers, radical menders, and creative adapters.

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Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Open Conversation with Randall Szott

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"Once the task of the artist was to make good art; now it is to avoid making art of any kind." - Allan Kaprow

"In the face of the omnipresence of the cultural and consciousness industries, art has withdrawn from the world and has hidden before our very eyes--the only place it is safe from artworld recuperation, the only place left where the artworld is not looking for it." - Stephen Wright

"I would prefer not to." - Bartleby

Spy art, post-art, dropping out, breaking up, abandonment, art at a 1:1 scale, disappearance, unart, refusal, quitting, vacating, renunciation, withdrawal - such are some of the multitude of terms used to describe various strategies of what might also be called escape artistry. School of Self-Reliance and Randall Szott will have an open conversation about the ever shifting contours of this elusive domain. What do these tactics have to offer a cultural apparatus so committed to visibility? What generative potential is there in such gestures? And is that question itself a trap?

Background readings found here: https://randallszott.org/
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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Democracy TBD, by Carlos Matallana

 

Exhibition + Workshop Series: Democracy TBD, Carlos Matallana - November 4, 2017 - January 13, 2018

Join us for the Opening Reception! Saturday, November 4, 2-5 pm

A sequential set of the sculptural pieces (letter-size folded paper) will explore the evolution of the most common forms of government in human history until today. An additional segment of sculptures will raise questions about the future of the ‘democracy’ we know today.

A series of workshops (free and open to the public) will address these questions by gathering experienced voices (parents, economists, lawyers, government officials, lobbyists, artists, educators, journalists, health workers) as every participant from their own perspective will try to verbalize their take in the future of democracy while translating it into folded paper.

These folded sculptures made during the workshop will be added as sculptural answers while the verbal Q&A would be published as a podcast.

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Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

I See My Light Come Shining + On Second Thought - Performance Installation

Join Us for a Performance and Installation by Spencer Hutchinson

Saturday, October 28, 6pm - 9pm

I See My Light Come Shining is a sound based installation utilizing found objects that addresses the social history of African-Americans’ attempt to climb the “social ladder” and achieve the American Dream. The piece consists of several ladders hung from the east facing wall of the gallery with two found object sculptures. The installation at Compound Yellow marks the third iteration of the installation.

On Second Thought is a performance piece about our relationship to technology viewed through the lens of music. The performance consists of a free standing oscillating fan playing in a duel/duet with professional concert violinist Consuelo Lepauw. The concept is that our relationship to technology has extended to such a degree that the musician's presence is so deeply enmeshed in music technology, beyond the instrument, that the literal voice of the musician gets lost in the digitally altered mix. This is an attempt to create harmony with technology, with the presence of the fan symbolizing technology's ubiquitous presence. Rather than competing with the device, the musician imitates its mechanizations to discover new sonic possibilities

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Against Choreography

October 27th, 7pm

Against Choreography - Antibody Corporation

Created and performed by Adam Rose and April Lynn

“The map is not the territory.” 

A via negativa that derives energy from working against structure. 

Antibody Corporation specializes in mind-body integration. Antibody creates performance works incorporating music, movement, and languages both real and invented.

www.antibodycorp.org

 

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Oct
21
to Oct 23

Butter Elbow Animation Festival

Screenings: Saturday and Sunday,  6-9pm

Details Here! https://www.facebook.com/chicagobeaf/

Come join us for our fourth Butter Elbow Animation Festival!

Butter Elbow was born in the former Hollywood Video store, in an experimental alternative art space called the Op Shop, 2009, in Hyde Park, Chicago. Our goal was and is to bring new, experimental animation to our neighborhoods and introduce new animators to new audiences. 
 

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Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Forms & Features: Found Poetry

Forms and Features: Found Poetry

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop run by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In October, we explore found poetry, a form that refashions non-poetic text (newspaper article, instruction manual, dictionary entry, etc.) into poetry through lineation, excision, and collage practices.

The group will read and discuss a wide range of examples. A creative workshop, where participants compose original found poems, will conclude the session. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring texts that relate to a current creative project.

RSVP to info@compoundyellow.com to Register.

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Closing Reception + Solar Oven Cooking!

Join us as we say goodbye to the Self-Reliance Library next Saturday October 14. We will be hosting Erik Newman's solar oven for a cookout! The solar oven will 'fire up' early in the day so we can catch the strongest rays of the sun and hopefully taste some pie or casserole later in the afternoon as we hang out in the CY side yard -- hope to see you there!

The Self-Reliance School will stick around for the next year, so we'll keep you posted on upcoming events!

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Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Many Possible Futures

What futures might our children help to create?
What tools and ideas can we offer them?


These are challenging times in which to raise the next generation. Join us for a workshop exploring time traveling and generative thinking for artists/ parents/ educators, and kids ages 4-7. Participants young and old will engage in a series of short writing and/or drawing exercises as an aid toward imagining, action, and further conversation. Shared responses will become part of a collective archive and small-press zine.

Adults will meet in one area while kids work on parallel activities in a nearby room before regrouping for shared conversation. If you want to participate but have kids outside the age range of 4-7, let us know and we'll see what we can figure out: culturalreproducers@gmail.com.

COME FOR THIS GREAT WORKSHOP AND STAY AFTER FOR A BBQ!

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Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Inside the Matrix: The Living Structures of Ken Isaacs

Critic Susan Snodgrass surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs whose populist designs of the 60s and 70s challenged conventional definitions of modernism. Focusing primarily on his Living Structures, DIY modular living units that unified the multiple functions of furniture and home, Snodgrass will discuss Isaacs’ concept of the Matrix, the foundation behind all of the architect’s designs (including his Microhouses and Knowledge Box) that sought radical solutions to the spatial and environmental challenges of modern life. 

Susan Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic and editor of ARTMargins Online. Her current curatorial projects focus on the architecture of Ken Isaacs, and have been included in the exhibitions “Learning Modern,” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries (2009-10), and “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” organized by the Walker Art Center (2015). She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Self-Reliance School + Compound Yellow • 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL • temporaryservices.org

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Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Rhyme

In September, our session will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called the “goddess of secret and ancient coincidences.”

Participants will explore different types and poetic uses of rhyme in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original verse in rhyme, will conclude the session.

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Aug
26
12:00 PM12:00

Zine Mercado!

Join us for the ZINEmercado at Compound Yellow in Oak Park! This year's edition will feature zines by many artists, writers, musicians, and photographers! There will be food and beverages and lots to read with ZINEmercado right next to the Self-Reliance Library!

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Workshop

Monday, August 21, 6-8p -  Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Ephemeral Poetry

In August, Forms & Features will explore ephemeral poetry, verse written on a variety of physical objects.

The group will explore the connections and tensions between the physical and poetic in a wide range of ephemeral poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original poems on various materials, will conclude the session.

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Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

Soil Exam with Nance Klehm

Get hands on experience assessing soil structure and soil composition and learn how to sample soil to send to a lab. We will dig a hole on the Compound Yellow grounds and use it as a point of exploration and sampling.

Copies of Klehm’s publication The Ground Rules: a manual to reconnect soil and soul will be available for sale.

About Nance Klehm
Nance Klehm has been an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permacultural grower for more than two decades. Her approach is centered on instigating change by activating already existent communities, and her work demonstrates her lifelong commitment to redefining the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems on this planet. Learn more about her practice at http://socialecologies.net/

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Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

At Work with Thomas Kong

Booklet release for “At Work with Thomas Kong” by Dan Miller with Illustrations by Ruby T, published by Half Letter Press

Dan Miller and Ruby T in conversation with writer and curator Kate Sierzputowski, preceded by a screening of a short film on Thomas Kong by Jimmy Schaus


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Thomas Kong makes collages and assemblages out of advertising, packaging, and other surplus material while managing Kim’s Corner Food, a convenience store in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. In this publication, Chicago-based Australian artist Dan Miller introduces Kong’s prolific art practice and the first three years of their experimental collaboration. Together their productions have ranged from business cards and shopping baskets to The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. Housed in a converted storage room behind the store, The Back Room is a community-oriented art space and expanding archive of Kong’s work. Writing about the development of this interdependent relationship across gaps in age, culture, and artistic education, Miller reflects on what might be learned from both the ingenuity of Kong’s practice and their unlikely alliance. At Work with Thomas Kong includes excerpts from several interviews with Kong and illustrations by artist Ruby T, one of the project’s growing number of co-conspirators.

At Work with Thomas Kong will be released in the context of Temporary Services’ “Self-Reliance Library”—“an autonomous reading and creating library”—as part of their ongoing collaborative project “Self-Reliance School” project at Oak Park’s new Compound Yellow art space.

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Thomas Kong lives and works in Chicago. His convenience store, Kim’s Corner Food, features an evolving installation of his collage and assemblage work. Kong received a degree in English Literature from Sogang University in 1972, and has lived in the Chicago area since 1977. For more information and details of upcoming projects visithttp://thomaskong.biz/

Dan Miller is an Australian artist living in Chicago. Since the fall of 2014 he has worked with Thomas Kong in an experimental collaboration whose projects include The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, an art space and archive housed in an adapted storage room behind Kong’s convenience store. Further information and work can be found athttp://danmiller.website/

Ruby T is an artist based in Chicago. Through drawing, collage, and object-making, she investigates the stimulating, banal, and often infrastructural as sites of power and exchange: nightclubs, domestic appliances, google image search results, broadcast news, brutalist architecture, sex. For more information visit http://rubyt.net/

Jimmy Schaus is a filmmaker and musician from Florida, currently based in Chicago. Recent films by Jimmy can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/user23682440

Kate Sierzputowski is a writer and curator based in Chicago. In 2013 she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago-based artists. Kate regularly contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, Colossal, and the Chicago Reader, and is a co-director of the artist-run gallery Julius Caesar. Her writing and interviews can be found at http://katesierzputowski.com/

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Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Diction

Free admission - RSVP required (info@compoundyellow.com)

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In June, Forms & Features trains its focus on the diction of poetry, exploring how word choice and vocabulary shapes tone and voice.

The group will explore distinct vocabularies and uses of diction in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original verse, will conclude the session.  To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

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