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Kirk Faber

This is how tall you are

September 21 - October 12, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21, 6-9pm

Artist Discussion: 8pm on the night of the opening

Open Hours: Saturdays 2-5pm for the extent of the exhibition

Hi, my name is Diego Leclery. Kirk Faber is a dear friend, and he asked me to write the press release for his upcoming exhibition at Autumn Space, titled “This is how tall you are: Kirk Faber at Autumn Space.” It opens September 21, 2013 with a reception from 6-9PM.

I have known Kirk Faber since 2009, he took the very first class I ever taught: a Saturday drawing class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that dealt with sourced imagery and appropriation. I was giddy teaching, giddy but completely lost, and here was Kirk, he seemed to know exactly where he was.

He knew how much he knew, and he knew how little he didn’t know. He was genuinely happy to be there, and so he made me happy to be there too. He took risks, and so I took risks too. It is a testament to my attachment to the structural conventions of teaching that I always felt the need to compete with Kirk. (Interestingly, where Kirk is good friends with many of his past instructors, I have struggled to build lasting friendships with any of mine.) Still, if we allow these conventions of teacher and student to mean what they mean for just a second more, this much I say is true: I have always been the student, and Kirk the teacher. In all our monetized institutional exchanges, Kirk proved the far better class leader, wielding a more nimble wit, greater commitment, and a far more convincing enthusiasm for the project called art.

As a teacher, I unfairly projected onto Kirk issues I wished I might resolve in myself but couldn’t, and so, naturally, I imagined myself helping Kirk process anger, process fear of rejection, conceiving of its vicarious overcoming in Kirk’s progress as a student-artist as a way to deny the opportunity for growth in myself. That Kirk’s art is so good makes a very convincing case that I must have done something good, too.

This press release is me attaching myself to that goodness, not just in giving form to my love for Kirk as a person, and my desire to be around him and his ideas forever, or the credit I quietly seek to stake for myself by entwining my story with his, but also by claiming this particular space that rightfully belongs to him and making it 100% about me.

Thanks for understanding, Kirk Faber, and good luck, you wonderful man. We’re in your hands, we all trust you completely.

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Hi, my name is Kirk Faber. Diego Leclery is a dear friend, and I asked him to write the press release for my upcoming exhibition at Autumn Space, titled “This is how tall you are: Kirk Faber at Autumn Space.” It opens September 21, 2013 with a reception from 6-9PM.

Diego has known me since 2009, I took the very first class he ever taught: a Saturday drawing class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that dealt with sourced imagery and appropriation. He was giddy teaching, giddy but completely lost, and here was I, I seemed to know exactly where I was.

I knew how much I knew, and I knew how little I didn’t know. I was genuinely happy to be there, and so I made him happy to be there too. I took risks, and so he took risks too. It is a testament to his attachment to the structural conventions of teaching that he always felt the need to compete with me. (Interestingly, where I am good friends with many of my past instructors, Diego has struggled to build lasting friendships with any of his.) Still, if we allow these conventions of teacher and student to mean what they mean for just a second more, this much I say is true: Diego has always been the student, and me the teacher. In all our monetized institutional exchanges, I proved the far better class leader, wielding a more nimble wit, greater commitment, and a far more convincing enthusiasm for the project called art.

As a teacher, Diego unfairly projected onto me issues he wished he might resolve in himself but couldn’t, and so, naturally, he imagined himself helping me process anger, process fear of rejection, conceiving of its vicarious overcoming in my progress as a student-artist as a way to deny the opportunity for growth in himself. That my art is so good makes a very convincing case that he must have done something good, too.

This press release is him attaching himself to that goodness, not just in giving form to his love for me as a person, and his desire to be around me and my ideas forever, or the credit he quietly seeks to stake for himself by entwining his story with mine, but also by claiming this particular space that rightfully belongs to me and making it 100% about him.

You’re welcome, Diego Leclery, and thanks, you wonderful man. You’re in my hands, you trust me completely.

 

 

 

 

 

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