• Tuesday April 25 | 8:30 pm11:30 pm

    Cory Smythe, Mabel Kwan

    Grammy Award winning pianist Cory Smythe + Chicago-based Mabel Kwan
  • Thursday April 27 | 9:00 pm11:55 pm

    Race Card & Nick Mazzarella Quintet

    Race Card collides three divergent musical approaches in an improvising format. Josh Berman's cornet playing combines a profound knowledge of jazz idioms, free improvising expertise, and subtle sound-as-sound techniques. Damon Locks tethers his punk-inflected voice to a bottomless well of electronic processes and musical references from his many years as a DJ. Lou Mallozzi dismantles and reconstitutes vinyl and CD sounds from the human, animal, and vegetable kingdoms through a highly gestural approach to live mixing. For the second set, saxophonist Nick Mazzarella brings in his working quintet, a group that works in a very fluid way somewhere in the space between soul jazz and free jazz.
  • Friday April 28 | 9:00 pm11:30 pm

    Jack Wright: Book Release and Performance & Aerial Drones

    Pennsylvania-based free music master comes to town with a new trio
  • Saturday April 29 | 8:30 pm11:00 pm

    WE ONE: “Care” with Plus Sign and Lily Mooney

  • Sunday April 30 | 5:00 pm10:00 pm

    SHUBUKAI SPRING RECITAL with Toyoaki Shamisen

    Japanese Classical Dance and LIVE Music


current art show

Selina Trepp

Coffee Grounds and Consequences

Elastic Arts is pleased to announce Coffee Grounds and Consequences, an exhibition by Selina Trepp.

Trepp’s exhibition will revolve around an installation and a projection, both of which will change continually over the duration of the show’s 3 months.

Over the course of the exhibition, Trepp will create new animations that are projected in the space as well as distributed online.  These animations are short loops, they take up little bandwidth, and are made for web distribution. They are public service announcements that speak to our present political moment, pondering the question of what artistic communities can do and should be doing in the context of the backdrop of recent swings in the country’s socio-political pendulum, while offering positive feedback and encouragement. The videos are an antidote. The installation, meanwhile, reconstitutes a personal experience the artist had over 15 years ago involving fortune-telling via coffee grounds:

In 2001 I spent the night Arielle’s house in London. At the time she lived with Banu, who is a pro coffee grounds reader. Banu offered to read my cup, but when she saw the cup she said that she couldn’t read it after all.  She was obviously a bit freaked out, and so was I. After some prodding she said that she could tell me some things, but that it was difficult because my cup was entirely covered by a dense pattern. There were no distinctive zones in that cup. Reading cups is based on zones, their contents and relationships. My cup refused this mode of reading. She had three things to say:
1. I would be successful in my art career by the time I’m 38.
2. My success wouldn’t be about money or glory.
3. I am incapable of compartmentalization in any area of my life. Everything is connected.

Together, the animation and the installation act as mapping out of the interconnections between Trepp’s studio practice, conceptual provocations, and political impetus. As both are altered over the next three months, the artist will re-calibrate in real time how each piece relates to the other.

Exhibition Dates: on view at all events and Thursdays 1-4pm from March 13th through May 27th (and by appointment during this time)
Reception: Sunday April 2nd 3-6pm
Artist Website: www.selinatrepp.info

Elastic’s visual arts program is curated by Jordan Martins.