Artists Run Chicago 2.0 at Hyde Park Art Center, “Household Name: A Ten-Year Survey of Diego Leclery’s Self-Portraiture in Chicago’s Artist-Run Spaces and Apartment Galleries”
September 1 – November 1, 2020
Over the last two decades, French-Brazilian artist Diego Leclery has thrown his body into the site of the Chicago apartment gallery and artist-run space with a degree of abandon rarely seen among artists of his generation.
From donning a stifling polar bear suit for hours on end, to allowing himself to be bitten by mosquitos, exposing his family life or naked body to public scrutiny, or playing live, unscripted sets of spontaneous songwriting during openings, Leclery has deliberately placed himself and his image at the forefront of his practice and, quite literally, on walls and floors all over this city at spaces like Kirk’s Apartment, The Suburban, Autumn Space, Zrobili, Compound Yellow, Slow, peregrineprogram, Heaven, Swimming Pool Project Space, lloyd dobler, Alogon, MPTSN, Guertin’s Graphics, Club Nutz, New York City – Gold Coast, Spoke, Scott Projects, Adds Donna, and at Julius Caesar, the long-lasting, West Garfield Park mainstay he co-founded in 2008 with Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Dana DeGiulio, Hans Peter Sundquist, and Colby Shaft.
This decades-long cultivation of the fertile soil of Midwestern grassroots artistic production is rooted in the belief that non-commerical exhibition spaces, in this geographical region in particular, provide artists a more honest context that can accommodate indulgent performativity without necessarily evoking narcissism. This freedom from pretension allowed Leclery to double down on his own narcissistic tendencies and foreground himself so his visage and person could serve as a tool for the exploration of all dimensions of artistic production including (but not limited to) his selfish motivations, the ontological conditions that lead artists to identify themselves as creative, the ideological context of cultural production, and the physical space of galleries.
This survey of works is made possible by collaboration between Hyde Park Art Center and 4th Ward Project Space, and includes works originally exhibited at Chicago apartment galleries and artist-run venues not included in this or the 2010 iteration of Artists Run Chicago.
The exhibition is FREE and open for reservations and limited walk-ins.
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