This tiny non-profit is shaking up the art-world with a hefty dose of good old-fashioned punk rock attitude.
The gallery recently moved to a new, larger storefront space, but it's still a refuge for the progressive sect. As far as installations go, concept is king here. By exhibiting only one artist's work at a time, Finch cohesively preserves the intended vision. Putting more control in the hands of artists has resulted in an incredible string of effervescent exhibits, elevating the standards of Chicago's artistic community. When the best intentions are held by folks who root for the underdog, redefine the rules and pull their talent from the fringes, anything goes; performance, multi-media and avant-garde works are all equally embraced. By participating in the Greenhouse Contemporary Art Center's educational program, this gallery keeps it real for the next generation of artists, too. The programs, which are open to anyone, seek to build a bridge between high school students and art colleges by offering prep-courses, portfolio workshops and studio assignments. Finch also plans to open an art school by fall of 2008 and to start bi-monthly film screenings in the spring.
Art should be accessible, artists should be appreciated and everyone should have easy access to cultural education--these are revolutionary concepts in an industry that is historically all about the Benjamins, and the ideas that make Finch Gallery an outstanding addition to Chicago's art scene.
Centerstage Reviewer: K. Tighe