I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing
AppleButter Animated & Sonnenzimmer, Public Works Gallery, Chicago, IL, Septebmer 28 – November 3, 2019
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI, March 8 – May 24, 2019, Curated by Tori Pelz
This eclectic exhibition continues our exploration of humanity’s “graphic impulse,” this time through the lens of touch. Touch is exemplified by two factors, pressure and surface quality, and unlike our other senses, is only fully experienced through movement. Note the difference between placing your finger on the surface of a rough rock, or moving your finger across it. Movement is the music of touch. In this respect, we were excited to move the ideas of this exhibition across two iterations. Originally conceptualized as a solo exhibition at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, we were grateful that I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing, took on a second life at Chicago's Public Works Gallery as a collaborative exhibition with the creative powerhouse, AppleButter Animated (Megan Jedrysiak & Jackson Ammenheuser). Combining their recent explorations with robot-aided painting and their longtime engagement with experimental animation, this collaboration yielded further movement to the pressure we'd begun placing on the subject matter, and expanded the conceptual undertones of the exhibit to ideas of "playbor" and agency in a changing media and social landscape. In addition to the textile works shown in Saugatuck, we created a series of hybrid prints called Weather Loves You for the Chicago iteration. In keeping with our ongoing publication program, we've published books for each iteration of the exhibit, Apple Clasp (Saugatuck Center for the Arts) and I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing (Public Works Gallery). Each publication feature a poetic essay pontificating an imageless future, set against original music.