For her Garden Project “garden/ruinate”, artist Eliza Myrie will open a gate to The Arts Club, hosting monthly gatherings within the transformed garden space. This series of programs, under the heading “Tie Up”, will explore the nature of extended invitations, caring, community, and existence mediated by both built and imagined structures. Programming will include conversation, sound, and poetry, among other things, so feel free to drop by and hang out. If you’re late to your plans later on, you can just let your friends know you got “tied up” hanging out in the garden.
“Tie Up” will be kicked off by a conversation between Eliza Myrie and artist Yasmin Spiro on August 1st. Free and Open to All.
Eliza Myrie, b. 1981, New York. Myrie is a sculptor working in Chicago, IL. She received her MFA from Northwestern University and BA from Williams College and was a participant at The Skowhegan School. Myrie has been in residence at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The MacDowell Colony, and Arts + Public Life at The University of Chicago. Myrie is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a co-founder of The Black Artists Retreat [B.A.R.]. She has received grants from The Propeller Fund and 3Arts. Exhibitions include Gallery 400, Chicago; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Shane Campbell, Chicago; Roots and Culture, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago; Davidson Contemporary, New York.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and living and working in Chicago, Spiro’s interdisciplinary work explores issues of cultural identity and socio-economic issues within the framework of urban development and social politics, often through the lens of Caribbean culture. The work is multi-disciplinary, primarily based in sculpture and immersive installations, with video, drawing and performance. According to the late art historian Petrine Archer Shaw her work uses, “performative body parts and delicate drawings, tethered with umbilical-cord-like ropes as a way of charting personal journeys between different geographies and urban locations.” Recent work considers the city as organism and – integrating personal and collective issues of safety and cultural identity. Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries in the US and Jamaica and she is a founding member of the tART women’s collective in NY (F2004). Her work has been covered in Art News, Washington Times, Miami Herald, New City and others. She attended Pratt Institute. Spiro has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Artists Coalition and an upcoming residency at the the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.