An Exhibit of CUFF Alumni & Friends

Gene Siskel Film Center Gallery, May 26th – June 30, 2011
Opening Reception, June 2nd, 6pm-8pm – Open to the Public

Mark Lindsay, Cynthia Plaster Caster

(May 18, 2011) – Just like your typical horror movie, the CUFF Exhibition of non-moving image works by Alumni and Friends has returned with essentially the same plot, but a whole new cast of characters. This exhibition features drawings, photographs, and mixed media works by Steve Reinke, Ben Rivers, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Mike Olenick, Thomas Comerford, Erin Page, Tony Balko, Jodie Mack and Mike Lopez.

Three Frames of Pure Terror (Three Men and a Baby), Tony Balko

2011 is CUFF’s 18th year of sharing important, bizarre, transgressive, sublime and profound moving images.

To compliment this year’s programming, we bring you the sequel to last year’s inaugural gallery exhibition.

Even Still 2: The Returning is a collection of the most striking wall-hanging, two-dimensional and stationary work of some of CUFF’s favorite filmmakers, animators, video artists, poster artists, AND groupies. The work in this show is cinematic and playful, aware of its attention to (or obsession with) genre and pop culture. Much of the content is referential or borrowed, cleverly altering context to confuse what was seen with what’s imagined and remembered.

For this exhibit, we’re going to strike the projectors and ask you to get out of your seat to see what these artists create in moments of “pauseâ€.

Featured work:

A poster wall by 2011 CUFF poster artist:

Erin Page – Kill Hatsumomo Prints (www.killhatsumomoprints.com)

A Photograph from the world of Slow Action by Ben Rivers, London, England (www.benrivers.com)
Rivers’s film SLOW ACTION screens Sunday, June 5th, 6pm

Fan Drawings by Cynthia Plaster Caster, Chicago, IL (www.cynthiaplastercaster.com)
In 2010-11, Cynthia ran for Mayor of Chicago on the Hard Party ticket. CUFF voted for her.

A Re-contextualized Photo Series by Mike Olenick, Columbus, OH (www.mikeolenick.com)
Olenick’s video SPACEBOY screens Saturday, June 4th, 5:15pm/Tuesday, June 7th, 6pm

Hot Dog and Cheeseburger, Mike Lopez

Haunting Prints of stills from VHS by Tony Balko, Milwaukee, WI (tony.balko@gmail.com)
Balko’s video MOBY DICK screens Sunday, June 5th, 8pm

Felt/Fabric work by Mike Lopez, Chicago, IL
Lopez stars in SOME GIRLS NEVER LEARN, Thursday, June 2nd, 8pm

Altered comic strips by Steve Reinke, Chicago, IL (www.myrectumisnotagrave.com)
Reinke’s animation (with Jessie Mott) BLOOD & CINNAMON screens Saturday, June 4th, 4pm

A Multi-media installation by Thomas Comerford, Chicago, IL (thomascomerford.net)
Thomas Comerford will be playing original music at the Friday night party at Quencher’s Saloon

Celebrity Look-Alikes: The Cinedition (1 of 5), Jodie Mack

Collage replicas of cinematic testframes by Jodie Mack, Hanover, NH (jodiemack.com)
Mack’s animation UNSCUBSCRIBE #3 (GLITCH ENVY) screens Saturday, June 4th, 4pm

Last year was the first year CUFF took over the Siskel Café/Gallery with an impressive array of works by the likes of James Fotopoulos, Deborah Stratman, Lilli Carré, Ross Nugent, Lisa Barcy, Ray Pride, Alexander Stewart, Jon.Satrom, Robert Todd and Michael Robinson (https://cuff.org/exhibitions/).

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