ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Turning an exhibition inside out, Whisper Down the Lane is an experiment gathering twenty-nine artists through a process based on the children ’s game of telephone, also known as whisper down the lane. Gallery 400 Director Lorelei Stewart invited five initial artists (DeGiulio, Leggett, Meerdo, Smith, and Syjuco) to each exhibit work, as well as to ask another artist who would exhibit and in turn ask another artist, and so on. The broad themes communicated to the first round of artists were subsequently shared artist-to-artist by phone or in person. Who picked whom and why, as well as what connections may be drawn between works and artists, are to be revealed at the opening.
Emanuel Almborg, Judith Brotman, Dana DeGiulio, Cayetano Ferrer, Krista Franklin, Aaron Frisby, Karolina Gnatowski, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Brad Hayes, Clive Hodgson, Elizabeth Isakson-Dado, Merlin James, Olalekan B. Jeyifous, Katie Kahn and Terri Kapsalis, David Leggett, Christopher Meerdo, Susan Morris, Deirdre O'Dwyer, R.E.P., J.P. Rodman, Scott Ruff, Cauleen Smith, Stephanie Syjuco, Lena Tutunjian, Richard Walker, Jocko Weyland, Amanda Williams, and Nathan Williams.
Whisper Down the Lane is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.