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Art in the time of awfulness.

Greetings to you.

I wanted to share with you a social practice work title #FreeListening, that launched over Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Chicago Fluxfest.

I have been taking notes on listening for awhile and I came across notes from 4-5 years ago.  I have been wanting to do a piece about listening and wasn’t sure if there was a enough meat about my concept.  I have taken the leap while not knowing where it may lead, which is exciting and terrifying.

Below is the body of my proclamation, available to anyone who has been heard, by receiving a Certificate of Being Heard.  Each will be hand lettered by me, along with an embossed medallion for complete authenticity.  Each certificate includes the Proclamation along with tips to enhance your own listening skills.

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#FreeListening – A proclamation for listening from the studio of

Catherine Schwalbe of Chicago, IL

#FreeListening – a social practice work

Proclamation

Whereas, widespread social media and technology have set us up to make ourselves loud and necessarily heard

Whereas, this artist has been told she is a great listener

Whereas, People of Color, our Elders, our Children, Free Thinkers, those who are non-binary thinking, those who are urban, those who are rural, those who are fill in the blank here, are in need of the dominant culture to sit down and listen

Whereas, all people could benefit from being heard and learning tips about being a good listener

Whereas, we speak of the fine art of speaking and we need to consider the fine art of listening

Whereas, this artist makes opportunities to engage fellow humans in her art and recreation therapy practice

Whereas, the role of older adults can be sounding boards for younger generations

Whereas, this artist has a history of social practice works

Whereas, there is value in the simple act of being heard

NOW THEREFORE, I, Catherine Schwalbe of Chicago, Illinois, do hereby proclaim Fluxfest 2018 Chicago and beyond as an opportunity to engage in #FreeListening, in Chicago and beyond, and urge all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits of the fine art of listening, offered by the artist herself, and to support and participate in Schwalbe’s art practice whenever and wherever you come upon her.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal for #FreeListening, from the studio of Catherine Schwalbe, Chicago, IL, on this day____________________

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Some images taken at 6018North during Chicago Fluxfest last month.  Thank you Pate Conway, for the lovely documentation.

A person being heard at 6018North.

My sign is out at 6018North during Chicago Fluxfest 2018

Side note:  Following a post on my Instagram using the hashtag #freelistening, I received a couple of very supportive messages from this amazing group.  I decided to move forward with my piece, even though there might be some overlap with intent.

 

If you are interested in hosting or have any skills listed below such as

  • Wanting to be heard
  • Wanting to be a guest listener
  • Offering a location for #FreeListening
  • Wanting more information about #FreeListening
  • You speak a foreign language or use ASL and want to participate

kindly contact me at casbah3d@gmail.com or comment on this blog.

As always, thank you for paying attention.

 

 

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Sewing Forgiveness Postcard copyHi there!

A realization:  It has dawned on me, in recent weeks, from where the social practice works (in my art practice) have derived.  I have been working as a recreation therapist in long term care most of my adult life.  My role has been to engage people.  Either with each other, their environment/heart/mind, or those that visit (care partners, family, and friends).  It seems more natural than ever to have an overlap with that passion into my more art practice.  Sometimes it takes a creative a few years (some call it distance) to see their works and analyze, if ever!  This blog post is dedicated to the recreation therapists of Quality Care Consulting Services, and especially Dr. Susan Quattrochi-Tubin, with whom I have the pleasure of working.  They are amazing and inspiring women.

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A fun thing this month:  I am honored to be one of 20 featured artists with the DCASE (Dept of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) in honor of their 19th Annual Chicago Artists Month.  Every 50 years or so this should happen to an artist!  Check out the lovely write up here and the link here for the other amazing creatives.  Thanks too, for this thoughtful perspective on a conversation with  Lillstreet intern Peyton Rack.

 

and finally this updated schedule for Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago

 

October

I will be Sewing Forgiveness from 12-2 in front of Lillstreet Art Center andLillstreet Studios
4401 N. Ravenswood… then back in my studio to enjoy your company until about 6pm both days.

Updated Schedule: 

October

Lillstreet Art Center – 4401 N. Ravenswood – Ravenswood Art Walk…….Sat and Sun October 4 & 5 12-2pm
Wilson Care – 4544 N. Hazel  – An Intermediate Care Facility…….Thursday October 9 2pm
Koinonia House – 6925 N Ashland Blvd – Rogers Park an Intentional Faith-Based Community…….October 19th 4-7pm

Arcade Park – Pullman Park CPD – 11132 S. St. Lawrence Ave…….Saturday Oct 11 11-1
Back of the Yards Park  – CPD  4922 S. Throop St…….Sunday Oct 12 1-4

Garfield Park Conservatory – CPD – 300 N Central Park Ave…….Wednesday Oct 15,  5-8 pm Hort Hall
Marquette Park – Ashburn Prairie CPD   6734 S. Kedzie Avenue…….Saturday Oct 18 11-1
Indian Boundary Cultural Center    2500 W. Lunt Ave…….Saturday Oct 25 11-1

November

Blossom Boys – 9911 S. Walden Parkway  A floral shop and so much more!…….Saturday November 1

If you are reading this and would like to be connected via social media, please connect here…

  • FB:  Cathi Schwalbe
  • Twitter:  @casbah3d
  • Instagram:  casbah3d
  • Carrier Pigeon:  Please message privately for my address or either studio.  Smile.

Thanks so much for you continued interest in my art practice.

Enjoy the most beautiful time of the year in the midwest!
In art, falling leaves, and the inevitability of change,
Cathi

 

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