PACTO Participants Announced

Added on by Kelly Lloyd.

PACTO is a research project that aims to explore communal negotiation of autonomy.



PACTO will encourage a dynamic dialogue around how artistic action can be a vehicle for enquiry and an apparatus for creating lines of agonistic discourse and empathy building. PACTO is looking to pose a proposition: What is communal negotiation of autonomy? 

During PACTO all participants will be active members in shaping its ongoing format, defining the terms of the proposition as a group, assisting other members theoretically and practically, playing a role in organising the logistical aspects of your individual and collective research. Central to the project will be a desire to undertake the research collectively, through collaboration and reflection on individual actions and their outcomes. Important to PACTO is the participants' role as authors of the project's structure to shape the format that suits our shared aims. 

PACTO will start in September 2017. Divided into focused months where each participant's research would take a central position within the groups collective response to the research statement. Each participant will propose a line of research in response to the current central proposition and their ideal residency location during one of the months. 

PACTO will support the proposals and as a group we will collectively develop the research methods and help make the residencies happen logistically. There will also be 3 residential weeks, bringing all the participants together: one at the beginning of the process, one in the middle and one at the end of the year, where we will all cohabit in the same place and discuss PACTO and the body of collective research that is born from it.


Added on by Kelly Lloyd.

Her Environment: Mantle (Part 1) (New Media/Oppositional Viewing) 

The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.) – Thursday, 7:30pm

Mantle (Part 1) will be the sixth installment of the new media arts series Her Environment, co-curated by Allie Shyer and Chelsea Welch. Her Environment highlights femme spectrum new media artists who are making work which pulls against the technical formalism often found within this medium, instead focusing on the artist's personal voice, body, and experience as a femme personified individual. Mantle (Part 1) looks specifically at how the current political climate is affecting our mental state. These six works challenge us to consider different perspectives on daily survival, allowing us to laugh off our sadness with Traci Fowler in #OVERSHARING FOR THE SAKE OF SURVIVAL 2017, and recognize our privilege with Anja Morell in SELFIE THEORY #2. Kelly Lloyd and Jesse Malmed's witty ACRE TV LIVE talk show on "maximizing your potential from inside your bed" holds a mirror to our online state of consumer confusion and desire to both escape the internet and escape reality through it. This work has strong ties to Ana Paula Pinho Martins Nacif's ♥ TAKE CARE OF YOU TOO ♥, which gives us thorough instructions on taking care of our devices and ourselves in the age of surveillance. Thoughtfully programmed, Mantle (Part 1) gives us room to sensitively consider the feelings of each other and ourselves in uncertain, confusing, and frightening times. Curators Shyer and Welch in person. (Approx. 60 min total, Digital Projection) EE


Trunk Show Exhibition- 10/26/14 11am-1pm Palmer Sq

Added on by Kelly Lloyd.

Kelly Lloyd Solo Exhibition for Trunk Show
Trunk Show | Sunday, October 26, 11am - 1pm
Palmer Square | W. Palmer Ct. between N. Kedzie and N. Sacramento
(@trunkshowtogo for exact coordinates)

If you're interested in social meat-ia, check the hashtag #altrunko for some of the many excellent sandwiches we had during last month's mobile opening. Eric May—he of Roots and Culture, of Hot Mess, of Ox-Bow, of Piranha Club—took us on a tour of some of his favorite southside sandwich inventors. A caravan of voracious art and food enthusiasts rode from Fat Johnnie’s to Pop's to Super Sub to sample ample Mothers-in-law, Italian Beeves and Jims Shoe. Rumor has it that we're still full.

This month, we're staying still. Like so many matroyshka dolls of aesthetic support, Trunk Show is operating as part of Chicago Artist Month but also on our own. Chicago Detours has graciously included us as part of their Visual Scavenger Hunt Art Walk and Tour, which also includes stops at Comfort Station, Autotelic Studios and Azimuth Projects. 

Kelly Lloyd’s work—in painting, sculpture, installation, publications and performance—often deals with speculative histories, pop culture, humor and the body—her body. Often inserting herself physically into the work—through the use of hair or a painting with her skin tone as read by the color scanner in a commercial paint store—Lloyd creates alluring and often deceptively personal situations that invite viewers in, to laugh and consider their own place in the world and in her world, only to quickly and trickily repel them. 

Our sticker this month serves as an important reminder to her time scavenging and rebuilding at the beloved and idiosyncratic Elsewhere Living Museum and Artist Residency in Greensboro, North Carolina. The former thrift store teems with histories material and ephemeral. While Lloyd was an artist-in-residence at Elsewhere this summer, she organized and photographed the library and its numerous book inscriptions including the source for her piece for Trunk Show, itself found written in one of the museum’s many copies of Christianity and the Modern Man. Lloyd describes her interest in wanting to “use this opportunity to introduce a deeply private thought into a very public form.” That it is hand-scrawled, that it is a photograph of marginalia, that it is a public announcement, that it is sentimental while engaged in wordplay are things that prehaps would and prehaps do exist in the world of bumper stickers. 

Year-long subscriptions are still available for the low, low price of $60 (only $50 if you opt to pick them up at openings instead of relying on the USPS). Please email us to arrange a subscription. 

Born and raised outside of Washington D.C., Kelly Lloyd earned her BA from Oberlin College where she double majored in Studio Art (with Honors) and African-American Studies and minored in Environmental Studies and is currently in her final year of a 3 year dual MA in Visual and Critical Studies and MFA in Painting & Drawing at SAIC. Lloyd has recently presented "Man Artists on Television (and the Sentimental Drawings they Sexily Draw)" at the Midwest Pop Culture/American Culture Association Conference in Indianapolis and "Katie Sokoler, Your Construction Paper Tears Can't Hide Your Yayoi Kusama Grade Neurotic Underbelly" for The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness panel at the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, both of which were initially produced as proposal papers, which she presented at Harvard Film and Visual Studies' Inaugural Graduate Conference In Medias Res. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Retreat at Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, Baudy at ADDS DONNA and Ground Floor, the Hyde Park Art Center's biennial of recent MFA graduates. 

TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space often located near Chicago’s Eckhart Park. Following in the rich tradition of Chicago’s apartment, alternative and creative exhibition spaces, Trunk Show is committed to challenging exhibition forms through its unique program. We feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for a collector-friendly price and by annual subscription (we’re now taking subscribers for our second season of programming September 2014 to August 2015— Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, radio jams, and road snacks. Newcity named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.

Upcoming artists include Michael Milano, Philip von Zweck and Lilli Carré.