Poetry, art, and performance exhibit at Gallery A+D
On February 8th, we hosted a special exhibit, in conjunction with Ragdale Foundation, showcasing artwork and performance by interdisciplinary artist, Carron Little. The work revolved around Little’s project Spare Rib Revisited where she had transposed interviews into poetry and engaged gallery guests that evening with those poetry readings.
Spare Rib Revisited began in the summer of 2016 when Little spent time in Lucerne, Switzerland as artist in residence for the city. She interviewed women between the ages 21 to 91 and wrote poetry inspired by their responses. These women shared their life stories in response to which Carron used as a starting point to create a poem for each woman. Her visual art was then generated as a visualization of these poems. Little states, “I am thinking about how women’s stories get lost from one generation to the next and how we are constantly having to relearn our past.” She describes Spare Rib Revisited as an intergenerational project and intends to pursue it in five cities.
Prior to the poetry reading, Carron engaged gallery guests in an exchange of reflecting on an important moment in their own lives – an exercise that immediately created a warm atmosphere among the crowd.
The gallery is filled with brightly colored prints and sculptures, all inspired by the interviews from her Switzerland residency and will remain at Gallery A+D until March 8th.
Carron Little is th efound and director of Out of Site Chicago and teaches Performance Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.