Public Functionary is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, pf studios: nourish, featuring the work of artists who are part of the PF Studios program.
Creating a site-specific installation at the Northrup King Building (NKB), the exhibition will occupy a raw, underutilized warehouse space on the campus. Over the summer of 2021, Public Functionary activated various locations on the NKB campus in anticipation of future development plans at the site, welcoming new communities to explore the potential of the NKB campus, primarily outdoors. This space continues that activation within a space on the first floor.
pf studios: nourish features artworks across various mediums and disciplines highlighting the diversity of the program and the emerging artists within it. Since its inception in 2019, the PF Studios program has grown from one initial studio space (Studio 400) to five spaces, and from nine artists in residence to over twenty-five artists participating in the program. This showcase exhibition aims to celebrate and acknowledge the growing PF Studios community of artists.
The exhibit has been collaboratively curated to explore ideas central to the vital and growing program rooted in developing artist practice and reciprocal relationships. The premise of the exhibit is built on open-ended prompts:
What does it mean to come together in collaboration, solidarity, and re-imagination? How do we honor and advocate for the things that matter to us? How does art build alternate worlds, portals, create a new language, see abundance and feel connected? What does it mean to sustain our work in relation to each other when forming the collective and simultaneously, the individual?
The answers to these questions appear in various contexts throughout the subject matter and materiality of the artist’s works. The answers are considered through a theoretical framework that the exhibition is the outcome of a supportive artist community.
pf studios: nourish is co-curated by Public Functionary team members Tricia Heuring, Leslie Barlow, and Sarah Nicole. The exhibition coincides with NKB’s Fall Art Attack event weekend from November 5 – 7.