If You Haven’t Seen “Identify” Yet, Go!

It’s the final week of Identify!


If you have not seen CEG’s current group show Identify, this is your chance! Stop by to see the works of Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff, and Garth & Peirre as they address current concerns of identity, gender, privacy and classification. Select images from Ctrl+P artist Francine Fleischer’s Swim series will also be on view through April 4th. This exhibition is not to be missed!

Through a captivating collection of multi-media works, this exhibit rouses viewers to dig below the surface of mere likenesses and explore identity in light of a range of personal challenges from online privacy issues to shifting definitions of gender.        – Elin Spring Photography

Swim 3487, 2010  © Francine Fleischer
Swim 3487, 2010 © Francine Fleischer

The following exhibition is Ysabel LeMay: Wonders opening April 10th.


Identify artists Garth & Pierre!

Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, known as Garth & Pierre, began working collaboratively in the mid 1980’s after meeting at the Banff Center of Fine Arts Residency. Now based out of Washington State this artistic duo continues to challenge notions of identity, gender politics and domesticity throughout their work.

Garth & Pierre have two photographic installation entitled HEAD(S) 2014 on view in CEG’s current exhibition Identify. Their photographic installations are composed of hundreds of vintage photographs collected from thrift stores, antique shops and their own personal archive of images that they collected for over 25 years. Make sure you stop by and see Identify, running through April 4th!

HEAD(S), 2014 © Garth & Pierre
HEAD(S), 2014 © Garth & Pierre

This installation is a by-product of both Cut-It-Out and Penetrating Cuts, which are scanned images of thousands of photographs and snapshots, both vintage and contemporary. In this project, we have selected to use the cut-out male faces to mount with two-inch bank pins directly into the wall. The display references the historic use photographs for scientific categorization and identification. In this context, we are reflecting on our own social construction and the fluidity of masculinity and how it is presented through portraiture.

– Gath & Pierre

Identify installation
Garth & Pierre HEAD(S),2014 in Identify

Artist Talk: Identify, 2015

Why do artists create the work they make? This question sparked CEG’s Artist Talk series in the summer of 2008.

This Artist Talk features five artists in CEG’s current exhibition, Identify. Artists include Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff and collaborative team Garth & Pierre. Listen as they explore ideas of surveillance, body image and sexuality.

Please stop by and see the work of all five artists on view through April 4th!

Identify opens February 6th!

CEG‘s five-person exhibition Identify makes TimeOut Chicago‘s February list of must see gallery exhibitions!

Identify featuresElise, 2013 © Tara Bogart the works of Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff and collaborative group Garth & Pierre. Running February 6th through April 4, 2015.

Please join us for the opening reception with the artists on Friday, February 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m.



Concerns about identity have risen to the forefront, as more and more people worry about privacy in the age of the Internet. Additionally, more and more people are constrictJess T. Dugan Self Portrait, 2014ed by racial and sexual classifications that no longer accommodate an evolving society. Labels such as gay, straight, bi-sexual, transgendered, white, black, African-American, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, tall, short, thin, fat, Jewish, Catholic, Atheist, are used to define us, often found on census forms, marriage licenses and medical records. Our own government issues us social security numbers through which our identity is codified. In today’s age of gender equality, multi-racial families, and increasing security breaches, more and more artists are looking at issues of identity and classification. Identify brings together five artist whose works address these current concerns.

A 19th c. photograph by Felix Nadar of a young woman’s back and her hair, inspired Tara Bogart’s modern hair study. This simple depiction of womanhood, as seen from behind and shirtless, allows viewers to create stories about each person based on hairstyle, shape, and body marks. HeaHeather Dewey-Hagborg Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013ther Dewey-Hagborg creates 3D resin portraits from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with traces strangers unwittingly leave behind (gum, cigarette butt, hair), Dewey-Hagborg extracts DNA to create genetic profiles that are then put through a facial algorithm. The end result are portraits that speak to today’s culture of biological surveillance and has proved prophetic, as forensic science moves towards genetic profiling. Jess T. Dugan explores the power of identity, desire, queer experience, masculinity and connection through portraits of herself and others. Her work explores the nuances of sexual identification, challenging the viewers’ biases Garth and Pierre HEAD(S), 2014and need for categorization. Michael Itkoff sources instructional booklets from the early-to-mid 20th c. on Karate, Yoga, Aerobics and other physical activities that are rooted in the Western ideal of body perfection.  Presented as short GIF-like videos, his pieces capture the idealized figure flexing, dancing, stretching and gyrating, all in the name of perfection. Collaborators Garth & Pierre create installations from scanned cutout snapshots of male faces that are mounted to bank pins, placed directly into the wall. The work references the historic use of photographs for scientific categorization and identification, and invites the viewer to think about gender, and the traits that make us unique.

Michael Itkoff, How to Tap Dance, 2014
Michael Itkoff, How to Tap Dance, 2014

Each artist brings a unique perspective to the subject matter, reflecting his or her own individuality and identity. We hope to see everyone at the opening reception with the artists on Friday February 6th.