Nina Cristante is an artist, autodidactic nutritionist, Aquarius and my best friend. Had it not been for a mutual friend linking us during her temporary stay in NYC seven months back, I may’ve never been introduced to the full spectrum of her work. Just a subtle trail of digital breadcrumbs. Slow-mo-promo. A whisper, a wink, a bikini body meme. A deliberately ambiguous website hosting austere at-home workout videos and fragments of clients’ food diaries.
August 28th – September 3rd
The Mega Mall Exhibition series will feature a revolving display of work culled from a multitude of Chicago-based artists. The organizer’s intent is to expose Chicago to the broad expanse of relevant contemporary work produced here.
Organizing a show in a place designed explicitly for non-luxury commerce runs contrary to the model used by current art fairs, where access is denied to those without status or privilege. A tattoo artist in the Mega Mall becomes equivalent to a museum/gallery director, and personal, real world, life-applicable experiences become as relevant as the display and/or sale of an art object.