The Inconvenience continually exercises a strong visual element for all productions. Going beyond simple posters and advertising, the Art Department organizes non-traditional gallery's for Inconvenience events, bringing the themes of the plays, concerts and dance pieces into a wider visual vocabulary. By connecting visual artists to the company, The Inconvenience seeks to extend the conversation beyond the performance with installation pieces, video, and paintings inspired by the Inconvenience productions.
The Inconvenience Presents BLOCKOUT
August 25th, 2012
at Henry Court (just east of California and Dickens in Logan Square)
An Inconvenience Block Party celebrating Chicago and the creative spirit of the city!
This free community event will feature kids activities, an Indie arts fair featuring local Chicago artists, free tastings from local restaurants, and live music by The Medium Ensemble, Spare Parts and MORE! A detailed programming schedule to come…
An art and performance gallery/showcase celebrating the seemingly small thingsin life that make it all worth living.
January 13th &14th at 8pm
Currated by Mary Williamson, CO-Curated by Sierra Dufault
We've partnered 11 visual artists with writers, dancers, and a playwright to create a body of work that reflects and explores the things that help us survive the day. Featuring collaborative work from:
Ike Holter, Day Yendler, Brian Rad, Melanie Berner, Gus Menary, Ashley Elander, Walter Briggs, Jessica Marks, Meredith Kachel, Adam Burke, Zoe Dufault, Rachele Eve, Rhapsody Snyder, Erin kilmurray, Maggie Dianovsky, Andrew Burden Swanson, Joh Holt, Pete Ziegel, Calamity West
February 2-March 2, 2011
At The Red Orchid Theatre
Written by Brett Neveu
Directed by Duncan Riddell
The Inconvenience remounted Brett Neveu’s fast and furious 2006 play to great reviews and sold-out houses at A Red Orchid Theatre. The gritty and grungy urban-epic featured company members Walter Briggs, Ryan Bourque and Chris Chmelik as three brothers in the grip of a deadly game. Danny Goldring gave a shocking and hilarious performance as the title character; The Earl received a 4-star “Show of the Week” notice by Timeout, and was extended into March.
Art: Several artists from around the city submitted pieces that matched the violence, hijinks and gritty nature of Brett Neveu’s The Earl. The pieces were presented as a gallery in A Red Orchid Theatre’s lobby for the duration of the shows 4 week run. Artists included Chance Bone, Mary Williamson, Sierra Default and Brian Rad.
SUMMER SOLSTICE ART EXHIBIT
June 21st, 2011
Curated by Mary Williamson
The Inconvenience took over the STAGE 773 space with a multi-disciplinary art exhibit, highlighting the artists we’ve collaborated with over the last two years. Installation, video, live performance and original paintings were sold.
March 25-27, 2010
The Inconvenience Headquarters
The festival explored the economic recession with a diverse display of characters--the formerly wealthy, the newly poor, and everybody else who’s always stuck in between. All of the shows were workshopped at A Red Orchid Theatre with Erica Weiss, who served as the festival dramaturg. Several of the pieces in STRAPPED were well received and revived around the city; Caitlin Parrish’s piece was remounted at Lifeline theatre, and a portion of Ike Holter’s piece was turned into CHICAGOLAND, the Inconvenience’s first major theatrical offering outside its loft space.
Art: During the festival, artists made pieces that were relevant to the recession-theme. The pieces were displayed throughout the lobby of The Inconvenience Headquarters, with several pieces in the actual theatre space.