• to be looked at and read at BKBX Gallery

    I've installed Pyritization I and Pyritization II in 'to be looked at and read' at Brooklyn Box (BKBX) Gallery in Brooklyn. Come lie underneath a table with me!

    to be looked at and read
    work by: Caroline Carlsmith, Wah-Ming Chang, Cathy C. Cook, Carrie Cooperider, Charles Fetherolf, Stefanie Koseff, José Antonio Suárez Londoño

    curated by Carrie Cooperider

    May 2—May 31, 2015

    Opening reception Saturday May 9 from 6-8

    The seven artists in to be looked at and read demonstrate ways in which text and image can work with one another in tandem, in counterpoint, or in contradiction. Sometimes language is illegible, and pictures may be read, and these two modes of expression have been known to engage in a bit of functional cross-dressing, as well—as when, for example, Arabic calligraphy poses as decoration, or when graphic novels wordlessly model narrative form.

    The uneasy alliance of pictures and words has been expressed in multiple media in myriad ways throughout history, by quotidian and exalted means, and in more ways than one small exhibition can possibly demonstrate. The range of this working partnership can be hinted at, however, and to be looked at and read includes examples of the call-and-response carried out between text and image in work that utilizes film, comics, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and optical toys.

    More information about the exhibition here.


  • Art and Scholarship Special Session at M/MLA

    At the M/MLA (Midwest Modern Language Association) annual convention, November 7-10, 2013 in Milwaukee WI, I am participating in a Special Session, “Bridging Art and Scholarship, in Theory and Practice,” along with The Romanticist Research Group of New York University (Veronica Goosey, Omar Miranda, and Randall Sessler), Sarah Heston, and Koala Yip. I will be discussing the paper Be It As If I Were With You: On Saying Yes to Whitman. More information on SALYER + SCHAAG, who convened the panel can be found here, and more information on the M/MLA conference is available here.


  • I Am Now With You in the Northwestern University News

    Read the article about the the Sixth Annual Transatlantic Walt Whitman Seminar and Symposium and my installation at the Deering Library here.


  • Talking Back to Whitman and I Am Now With You

    I am thrilled to say I will be installing the wall vinyl text work I Am Now With You at the Deering Library at Northwestern University this June, in conjunction with the Sixth International Transatlantic Walt Whitman Symposium, and mounting the exhibition Talking Back to Whitman with other members of the Northwestern community and with the help of a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) for the occasion. More details soon, and a tremendous thank you to Northwestern for making this possible!


  • Union League Civic & Arts Foundation

    I am excited to announce that I have been accepted as a finalist for the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation 2013 Visual Arts Competition! Final judging will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Awardees will be announced that evening at the showcase exhibition, “An Evening of Art and Jazz” from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

    CAF website here.


  • Reading Room at Julius Caesar

    A show organized with a great list of contributors that will open at Julius Caesar in Chicago on May 5th from 1pm - 4pm. Continuing open hours every weekend there after from 1pm-4pm until May 26th.

    "I began organizing this exhibition around writers.
    But soon found the act of reading a focus.
    Reading in various fashions - leisure, research, skimming, pleasure ...
    A place to read. Reading Room." (Sean Ward)

    More info here.


  • Graveyard at Terraformer

    Opening Reception: May 5, 4-8 pm

    Over 30 artists have killed over 30 things and erected over 30 monuments honoring the deceased. Located at the vacant lot adjacent to 3216 s. Morgan st. Chicago, IL.

    Participating Artists:

    Andrew Copper Smith
    Albert Stabler
    Bowen High School Art 1 Class
    Brandon Alvendia
    Brian Wadford
    Caroline Carlsmith
    Eddie Morfin
    Edra Soto
    Frank Van Duerm
    Jake Myers
    Jason Lazarus
    Jeffrey Prokash
    Jeriah Hildwine
    Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
    Jessica Harvey
    Jim Zimpel
    Jim Papadopoulos
    Jourdon Gullett
    Kevin Robinson
    Lauren Walsh
    Melissa Damasauskas
    Michael Garcia
    Michelle Harris
    Morgan Sims
    Nicholas Peterson
    Phil Parcellano
    Stephanie Burke
    Stephanie Tisza
    Thad Kellstadt
    Tim Pigott
    Tim Stigliano
    Vincent Dermody

    More info here.


  • Two Histories of the World - Discussion at the Hyde Park Art Center

    In its second form at the Hyde Park Art Center, the exhibition Two Histories of the World features all new artworks reflecting on the experience of the first exhibition, which took place in an old warehouse on the West side. Through a series of discussions in the galleries this fall, the exhibition also becomes a conduit for personal recollections of a place that no longer exists—the original factory site, now demolished—and a way to gather different perspectives on the first version of this exhibition, one year ago.

    The second discussion moderated by Karsten Lund will include artists Mara Baker, Sara Black & Jillian Soto, Laura Davis, Heather Mekkelson, and Mike Schuh, and will touch on their experience visiting and working at the unusual factory site.

    I will be participating in this discussion on Sunday, November 11, from 2-3 pm.

    More info on Two Histories of the World here.


  • Salon at MDW Fair

    For Salon, Brook Sinkinson Withrow will give five invited participants, Jasmine Lee, Lauren Anderson, Caroline Carlsmith, and Arend deGruyter-Helfer, haircuts based on descriptions of their desired cut or trim. Throughout the duration of the cut, participants will present self-selected readings. The time and labor required for the cut will determine the length of the reading, thus participants must choose and present material based on a desired cosmetic edit, though the content of the reading may be completely unrelated to the experience of a haircut.

    I will be reading a selection from a new poem cycle, Nobody Loves Pain Itself For Itself.

    Salon will be located on the first floor of the MDW Fair, Saturday, Nov. 6, from 3-6 pm.

    More information on MDW can be found here.


  • Dolphin Days: Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, New Hands, Michael Hunter, Kristina Paabus, and Carson Fisk-Vittori

    AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2012
    Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 6-9PM

    Alderman Exhibitions is pleased to present Dolphin Days, an exhibition of new work by Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, New Hands, Michael Hunter, Kristina Paabus, and Carson Fisk-Vittori. While ranging in media from graphite on paper and panel, to photography, sculpture, collage, and painting, the pieces included in Dolphin Days are united in a delicate sense of quiet airiness. However, a little time spent floating among them reaveals a hint of antagonism beneath the delicate twisting and undulations of paper, plants and trompe l'oeil effects. All extremely focused, (or mired?), in process, the artists of Dolphin Days underscore the beginning of summer's slow death with a glim nod to the bitter sweet rigour of the dark days ahead.

    1138 W Randolph, Chicago

    Summer Gallery Hours: Thurs. - Sat. 1-6PM
    Sun. and Mon. visits welcome by appointment.

    Listed here as the number one thing to do this week in Chicago Magazine.


  • Summer Forum Benefit Auction

    Please join us at the Monadnock Intelligentsia, 53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 12 from 7-11 pm for the Summer Forum benefit auction featuring artworks by Debbie Carlos, Caroline Carlsmith, Derek Chan, Katy Cowan, Paul Cowan, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Pamela Fraser, Robert Heishman, Michael Hunter, Rachel Niffenegger, Jesikah Orman, Tim Nickodemus, Deb Sokolow, Hans Peter Sundquist, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

    Also enjoy tunes by DJ Kate Ruggeri, a raffle for pies from Hoosier Mama, flowers from Field and Florist, and cocktails and appetizers.

    $10 at the door gets you flowers by Field & Florist and a raffle ticket.

    There will also be a preview hour from 6-7 pm. For $40, you will receive unlimited cocktails and appetizers for that hour.

    More info: http://summerforum.org/


  • Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once)

    Opening Saturday, May 12, 2-5 pm at Las Manos Gallery, 5220 N Clark Street, Chicago IL.

    Las Manos Gallery presents an exhibition featuring young Chicago artists. The show will include all forms of media and captures the style and essence of young artists in America.

    With the effects of political and economic unrest in the past decade, advancing technology, the internet and social uprising, this exhibition begs the question what makes today's young artists different?

    Show runs May 12 - June, 2012.


  • Black Arts at Roxaboxen

    MAY 4 - JUNE 2

    with work by:


    Magic – a combination of an art and a science that is designed to enable people to make effective use of their psychic talents. These techniques have been developed for centuries all over the globe. – Isaac Bonewits, Druid Chronicles

    Black Arts is a collection of work celebrating women artists as ushers of this fertile season and intuitive interpreters of their environment. Referencing Neo-pagan traditions, where women are beacons of spring renewal, this show offers a medley of stalwart individuals whose work is a reflection of their unique character and strives for authentic thinking. The objects and images in this show emulate the new spring soil through a monochromatic black palette and act as icons of these of these creators’ complex personal mythologies.

    The archetypal witch figure—like the Italian Bufana, the Christmas witch, Roman Diana, goddess of moon and hunt, witches of Caribbean and Haitian cultures, and even many interpretations Christian Mary—anchor the female to nature, fertility, growth and rebirth. In these positive representations, witches possess qualities of a shaman allied with nature and generators of communal ideals through personal mysticism. Since the beginning of colonial America, “witch” has been a derisive term for the strong, solitary, and independent female. “Witches”, because they expressed themselves in ways alternative to the gender female identity of puritan Christianity, were prosecuted for making personal myths, culture, and ritual counter to normative society. The contemporary female artist’s function is parallel to the independent, curious, mystical witch. Artists’ magic is enabled through the generation of images and objects that recontextualize popular culture and diverge from mainstream seeing. Their ritualistic practice takes place in the studio and the gallery, conjuring symbolic language and object numinosity. The work in Black Artsoffers the viewer meditations and intimations that may act as inspiration in the making of their own personal magic.

    Gallery Hours Saturdays 12pm - 3pm and by appointment


  • The Seen

    An interview with Karen Greenwalt for Art Seen: Chicago about the Calamus project.


  • Short Court: Tropical Aesthletics at Antena Gallery

    Curated by Tag Team
    February 10 - March 10, 2012

    Opening Friday February 10 from 6pm-10pm

    Painters include: Adam Farcus, Adam Grossi, Alberto Aguilar, AlexBradley Cohen, Angeline Evans, Brian Wadford, Caroline Carlsmith, CoryGlick, Edra Soto, EC Brown, Irene Perez, Jeriah Hildwine, JimPapadopoulos, Kevin Jennings, Nicole Northway, Pamela Fraser, Philipvon Zweck, Thad Kellstadt, Vincent Dermody

    1765 S. Laflin St.
    Chicago IL 60608
    antenapilsen (at) gmail.com
    (773) 340-3516
    Hours: by appointment only

    Recommended in Bad at Sports!


  • Level Eater 2

    Tonight, at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago, I'll be participating in Level Eater 2. The opening reception will be from 6-9 pm, with live music to follow.

    Galley Hours for Saturday November 19th, 2011, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

    Work by:
    Ben Carney, Carl Baratta, Caroline Carlsmith, Daniel Everett, Grant Reynolds, Jake Myers, Jenn Wilson, Jenny Kendler, Jeriah Hildwine, Jesse Avina, Johana Wawro, Michael Garcia, Montgomery Perry Smith, Sam Sieger, Stephanie Burke, William Bacarella

    Calling Planeswalkers, Art Stalkers and Dice Haulers

    The Level Eater is an annual event hosted by the Co-Prosperity Sphere in collaboration with Pentagon.

    This 2nd annual event will focus on artists’ work that play with or have gained influence from Science Fiction or Fantasy. The work was all curated under the mission of Level Eater’s gaming retreat. There will be a selection of painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, photography and video. There will be also areas for viewers to participate and play fantasy games. Viewers are encouraged to bring any game they wish to share. There will be an assortment of games to also be played.

    We have included this year a Magic: the Gathering Tournament* open to all who bring their cards. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the Magic tournament**.

    At 9:00pm Level Eater will host live music brought to you by Ed Marszewski in Co-Pros basement by Winston the Wizard & Friends.

    At midnight spectators are encouraged to participate in a large Dungeons & Dragons adventure hosted by Michael Garcia, Mike Hampton and with’ professional players’. Character info and resources will be provided. On Saturday at 12:00pm we will continue playing Dungeons & Dragons as is the tradition of Level Eater. People are welcome to come play or watch.
    If you are interested in participating this year in the Level Eater or have any questions please email Michael Garcia at pentagon961@gmail.com. If you want to be guaranteed a players chair in the large Dungeon’s Dragons campaign please email us also. Don’t forget some dice and a #2 pencil.


  • Reception and Artist Talks at Rena Sternberg Gallery

    On Monday, June 27 from 6 - 7 pm I'll be participating in a group of artist talks around the exhibition at Rena Sternberg gallery. Other artists exhibiting include Zachary Buchner, Kendell Carter, Luke Dowd, Garrett Durant, Ken Fandell, Ben Gill, Angelina Gualdoni, Ryan Ingebritson, Leonardo Kaplan, Jason Lazarus, John Opera, Ebony G. Patterson, Ali Seradge, and Philip Vanderhyden. The gallery is located at 378 Park Ave. in Glencoe, IL.


  • New Ending at The Hills Esthetic Center

    I'll be having my first solo exhibition New Ending at The Hills Esthetic Center from 04.02.11- 04.21.11 at 128 N. Campbell Ave in Chicago. The opening reception will be on the evening of Saturday the second from 7 - 11pm. There will be love, beer, drawings of Kimbo Slice and feelings of magic from my dear friend Dennis (DJ Gonzo, Bonkers.) Hope to see you there!


  • Collaboration with Leo Kaplan at Pentagon

    A few nights ago Leo and I installed an iteration of our ongoing boxer collaborations at Pentagon Gallery (2655 W. Homer St.) in Chicago. Go check it out if you have the chance!


  • Natural History Exhibition

    Upcoming show at Morpho Gallery with Peggy MacNamara. Runs from Nov. 7 - 21, with an opening reception on Nov 7. Morpho is located at 5216 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60625.


  • Video Interview with Stan Chisholm

    Last summer I participated in a group show Stan put together a show in Saint Louis called WhatMakesSense, and just recently I found a video interview he gave at the opening. To check it out, go to culturesurfer.com and scroll down to WhatMakesSense.


  • Present Impressions Tonight!

    Tonight is Present Impressions, the Visual Critical Studies Undergraduate Thesis Symposium. It will be in the McLean Building, Screening Room #1307 at 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL. I will be participating in the Body Language Panel:

    BODY LANGUAGE » 4:15-5:40p
    moderated by Terri Kapsalis (Adjunct Associate Professor, Visual & Critical Studies)
    Beverly Taylor » Tickets to the Gun Show: Bodybuilders, Steroids and 21st Century Gym Culture
    Caroline Carlsmith » Small Game: On the Nature of Furs
    Lisa See Kim » Parts of Speech
    Sava Wolf-Yelesiyevich » Disposable Women: A Comparison of Contemporary Sex Trafficking in the United Kingdom to Elements of America’s Erotic Entertainment Industry

    Should be fun!


  • Southern Graphics Council

    Over the past two days and continuing through the weekend Columbia College and Anchor Graphics have been and will continue to host the incredible barrage of printmaking that is the Southern Graphics Council. On Saturday at 12:15 in the ballroom of the Hyatt at 720 South Michigan I will be showing some of my prints. Many openings follow the panels and demonstrations each day, so there will also be receptions for both Tender Twenties and Response. The convention is a whirlwind but a lot of fun and I suggest to anyone who can to try to catch an event or two before it's over.


  • Response Show

    Three new prints are up in the Columbus Building at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on the first and second floors in Response, a printmaking show in conjunction with the Southern Graphics Convention which is taking place in Chicago next week. I will also be participating in an open portfolio event at Southern Graphics next Saturday. For more information on the Southern Graphics Convention click here.


  • Spring Undergraduate Exhibition

    This Friday, March 20, 2009 marks the opening reception of the Spring Undergraduate Exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The preview starts at 5:00, and doors open to the public at 7:00, and close at 10:00. The show will run from March 21-April 3 at the Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 7th floor. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm.


  • Tender Twenties Print Exchange at Spudnik Press

    This weekend I'll be showing at Spudnik Press, a cooperative printmaking studio in Chicago in a show called Tender Twenties. The opening is on March 7, 2009 from 6 to 10 PM at Spudnik, located at 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308 Chicago, IL 60622.

    For the press release from Spudnik, click here.