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Jon Waites: Radical, Work at PEREGRINEPROGRAM

Jon Waites (clockwise from left) Untitled, 2011, griptape on plywood, Righteous #4, 2011, acrylic, cotton, skate wax and wood, Sesh, 2012, latex paint, canvas and wood

On February 4th, PEREGRINEPROGRAM introduced Jon Waites’ newest solo exhibition. Radical, Work is a collection of works investigating the forms of an adolescent obsession with the architecture and constructed spaces of wheeled street-based sports. Ramps and inclines, shifted in scale and material, are relocated and arranged into a quiet obstacle course inside of the East Garfield Park artist-run exhibition space. An intuitive minimalist sentiment may be read as Waites extracts and reduces structural characteristics, handling the forms with familiar material—skate wax, griptape, wood, and concrete. All works in the exhibition, whether directly referential or rather ambiguous, seem to speak to the presumed utility of his chosen subject matter—movement, propulsion, and acceleration. Movement away from the interests of his adolescence has somehow led him back to their formal arrangement. In this direction, one could read his ‘radical’ exhibition title was a nod to this glance back to his own ‘roots’ as subject matter. As for the ‘work’ in Radical, Work—the artist translates with tact the forms of play into the evidence of studio labor.


Jon Waites: Radical, Work
On view through March 4th.
3311 W. Carroll Ave., #119
Chicago, IL 60624
Open Sundays 1-4pm and by appointment.

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