ACRE Projects is proud to present Out Of Body, an exhibition of new works by Mary Hill, Joseph Madrigal, and Lauren Ruth, curated by Kate Sierzputowski. Out of Body presents three artists who utilize the forms and fetishization of the human body, both directly and indirectly, to create narratives that push past the literal into a more suggestive, metaphysical space. Each of these artists incorporates differently scaled versions of familiar anatomies as a starting point to connect to their larger, respective concerns.

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Mary Hill

Mary Hill is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work uses the sculptural languages of Modernism and Minimalism to grapple with differing configurations of bodies and power. She has exhibited with Underdonk in Brooklyn, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and with the Torrance Art Museum, Commonwealth & Council, Vacancy, and the Hammer Museum in LA. Hill has participated in residencies at the Shandaken Project, ACRE, Anderson Ranch, and Ox-Bow. She holds an MFA from CalArts, attended the Mountain School of Arts, and is currently a Fellow at the Art and Law Program in NYC. 

Joseph Madrigal

Joseph Madrigal currently lives in Decorah, Iowa and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Luther College teaching courses in both ceramics and sculpture. He received his B.F.A. from Miami University of Ohio concentrating in both painting and ceramics and received his M.F.A in ceramics from Illinois State University. Madrigal’s work centers on clay while extending into other materials and processes including common construction materials such as plywood, insulation foam, plastics, along with domestic processes and materials like knitting and yarn and found utilitarian objects. Creating sculpture and installation with material and object sensitivity, Madrigal’s work occupies the imaginative space between the lived body and the spaces and objects encountered therein.

Lauren Ruth

Lauren Ruth is a multidisciplinary artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the California State University, Chico. Ruth has exhibited at venues including the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the Delaware Contemporary, Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, Coop Gallery in Nashville, and Root Division in San Francisco. Ruth’s artistic collaboration, The Shaft, has performed across the country at venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and the Koban Project in Baltimore. Ruth has been an artist in residence at ACRE Projects, Cannonball, Oxbow, and the Recycled Artist in Residency. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College.

Kate Sierzputowski

Kate Sierzputowski is a freelance writer and curator based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists’ studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to physically explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago's emerging and established artists. In addition to running INSIDE\WITHIN, Kate also contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, Colossal, and the Chicago Reader, is a co-director of the artist-run space Julius Caesar, is a 2017-2018 ACRE curatorial fellow, and regularly collaborates with Mary Eleanor Wallace at her space Tusk.


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ACRE Projects
1345 W 19th Street
Chicago , IL 60608

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