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Exhibition #20

@ PLAQUE: Matthew Willie Garcia, Quantum States and Queer Realities


@ GREASE: Justin Beachler, Down Home Threadin’

+ Bedtime Stories, a 1 night only performance at DOMESTIC by Jack Radley. Starts at 8:00pm.
+ Matthew McLaughlin. Yours, Mine, Theirs @ STNDRD


Quantum States and Queer Realities revolves around ideas of queer quantum mechanics, what does it mean to have a multifaceted and multidimensional existence. A place where intersectionality meets science, where science fiction meets queer theory, where all dimensions collapse in and outside of time, an ever-changing fluid reality that abstracts and simultaneously queers space-time!

Matthew Willie Garia was born and raised in Tulare, received a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and currently an M.F.A. Candidate in Printmaking at the University of Kansas. Matthew lives and works between Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence, KS. Has shown nationally and internationally. He self identifies as a queer interdimensional explorer, and often finds himself thinking about Lisa Frank, Star Trek Voyager, Ru Pauls Dragrace and the curvature of space-time.


Welcome to the land of endless summer. 
Of sunshine and palm trees.
Of sand between your toes and sunburnt shoulders.
Of glasses of orange juice covered in condensation.
Of gas station souvenir shops selling taxidermy alligators.
Of mosquito bitten tourists in search of paradise.
Welcome to Florida. 
Hell to some, home to me.

Born and raised in the fine and freaky state of Florida, Janie Stamm currently lives in St. Louis, MO where she is attending grad school at Washington University in STL. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 with a BFA in Printmaking and BFA in Animation.  Janie's work seeks to document and preserve Florida's queer history as a reaction to the impending doom of rising sea levels due to climate change. Her work has been shown in Atlanta and Savannah, GA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, St. Louis, MO, New Orleans, LA, Philadelphia, PA and beyond.


With elements of 70’s fabric design, interior decorating, counter culture aesthetics and home craft projects, Justin Beachler creates paintings that are functional dope smoking accessories and shrines to a misconstrued view of macrame’s past.  Influenced by the rapid online developing trends of subcultural aesthetics and how that impacts the way in which we view contemporary art, Beachler offers a chill slacker levity into a heavy chaotic world.

Justin Beachler is an artist new to Chicago via Kansas City. He has shown at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Living Arts of Tulsa, Haw Contemporary, No Place Gallery, Dolphin Gallery, BANK Projects, Subterranean Gallery and Hidden Temple Gallery & Storage. Beachler was a Charlotte Street Urban Culture Projects studio resident in Kansas City and is included in the permanent collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art…although he mainly just posts on Instagram ;) .


Before Shel Silverstein inhabited the bedrooms of countless children through buoyant poems and illustrations, he held a firm position on the pages of Playboy. He regularly contributed cartoons to the adult magazine throughout the 1950s, before his 1964 breakout success The Giving Tree launched his career as a children’s authorRadley juxtaposes imagery from both bodies of  Silverstein’s work on a silkscreened quilt. Bedtime Stories presents a nightly ritual in which an older man tucks the artist into bed. The performance illustrates the darker underbelly of Silverstein, a cultural father figure, to explore the subliminal messages that fashion boys into men.  


Hotdogs, drinks, and late night karaoke!

Earlier Event: March 16
Art + Landscape STL
Later Event: June 22
Exhibition #21