Terrain Exhibitions and the July 4 Parade in Oak Park, Illinois
Terrain Exhibitions is pleased to announce it will once again be participating in the July 4 Parade in the Village of Oak Park, Illinois. Terrain Exhibitions has participated in the annual Oak Park, Illinois, 4th July parade since 2012. Each year Sabina Ott invited an artist to produce a float or public art work to perform / parade as part of this important community event. Terrain Exhibitions intends to continue and grow this important tradition.
Terrain Exhibitions is thrilled to announce the participation of Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO), an artist duo consisting of Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, as featured artists in the 2019 iteration of the July 4 Parade in Oak Park. IOTO offers the following statement regarding their plans for the parade:
On a day of celebration for a unified country claiming its independence from a foreign government, it’s essential to consider what an autonomous and functioning democracy looks like, and to protect it.
We are ordinary: we are human.
Call for Participation!
Terrain Exhibitions announces a call for participation in the 2019 July 4 Parade in Oak Park. All are invited to walk with Terrain Exhibitions, and in support of our featured artists. IOTO request your assistance in the execution of their performance and work as part of the parade.
The Parade is scheduled from 9:30-12:00pm on July 4, 2019. The parade route begins at Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street, and continues north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue. You can find out more information about the July 4 Parade in Oak Park, Illinois at https://www.oak-park.us/our-community/special-events/july-4-parade.
To participate in this years parade please meet at the corner of Adams and Cuyler from 9:20-9:30am to prepare and setup for the parade. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Industry of the Ordinary
Through sculpture, text, photography, video and performance, Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) are dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian.
Making use of a variety of art-making strategies, IOTO have primarily been concerned with the dynamics and aesthetics of public and performative spaces. Drawing inspiration from Joseph Beuys’s theory of ‘social sculpture’ and the Situationists, IOTO have explored non-traditional sites for art works where accidental audiences can be found. Often collaborating with multiple members of the community, these works attempt to occupy and invigorate public thoroughfares. The work is intended to provoke and promote public discourse, to bring fine art out of the gallery or performing arts venue, and, without becoming didactic or pedantic, make it readily available to the non-art-trained audience.