November 16 – December 1, 2014 | ACRE Projects | Chicago, IL

ARTISTS: Cory Imig (Kansas City) and Wolfie E. Rawk (Chicago)

Curated by Lynnette Miranda and Etta Sandry
Curatorial Advisor & Publication Designer: Kathy Cho

FUTILE DIVIDE presents contrasting works by Cory Imig and Wolfie E. Rawk, placing them in dialogue with one another to examine the implications of personal, conceptual, and social structures. Pointing at existing systems, each artist explores various materials and processes to enhance the futility of these constructs and to break down established boundaries.

Time is an uncontrollable abstract phenomenon that is quantifiable through human-made systems, and one of the primary elements for Cory’s site-specific installations. In her most recent work, Cory experiments with balloons as an approach to document and illustrate time. Her minimal installations have an intentionally flawed, yet concealed, design that uses everyday materials to attempt to control intangible factors like air, gravity, and space. Already inherently ephemeral in that balloons are manufactured to deflate, Cory manipulates the materials used in her seemingly static sculptures to amplify their changing nature over time. As the balloons shrink and their forms diminish, we experience the inefficacy of trying to understand, capture, and categorize something as immaterial as the passing of time.

What does it mean to be objectified? Who creates the systems and rules in which beings and objects are restrained in predetermined social positions? Through investigative processes, Wolfie observes, documents, and researches the social rules and hierarchies that construct the expectations for body identification. By looking at the behaviors of zoo animals, Wolfie draws a connection between the captivation and oppression of these non-human animals and the oppression of objectified human populations. They question the meaning of “being” and the roles and classifications that objectified subjects are placed in and measured by, pointing to the inequities between different bodies, genders, and species. Examining the way individuals are simultaneously entangled and implicated within a spectrum of both privileged and oppressive systems, Wolfie proposes a reconsideration of the dichotomous perception of oppression into a multifaceted condition that is experienced by most. Presented through video, experiential installation, and excerpts from their own research, they propose a new perspective on the world and raise questions that begin to confound the classifications set up by the prevailing world order.

Both Cory and Wolfie attempt, again and again, to apprehend seemingly inflexible divisions through observation, research, and material. Through their inquiry-driven and process-based methods, the artists set up experiential platforms that invite audiences to ask their own questions and make personal discoveries. Yet, no simple resolution to these questions is ever obtained. The artists introduce new ways for us to engage with the dichotomies that we take for granted, and leave us wandering amidst a tense balance.


CORY IMIG is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator currently working in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008, where she focused on Fibers and Sculpture. Cory has participated in residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, and the Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Residency. She has exhibited her work in the Kansas City area at Charlotte Street Foundation Project Space, La Esquina, City Arts Project, and the Kansas City Library. In 2012, she was a fellow in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Program. Along with four of her collaborators, Cory was awarded a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Art in 2011, to start a curatorial collaborative and exhibition space in the West Bottoms called Plug Projects.

WOLFIE E. RAWK is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sculpture, multi-sensory and interactive experience. They have shown their work and lectured on Trans Identity, Social Inequality and the Horror Film Genre at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, EXPO Chicago, Fiber Philadelphia Biennial, and Chicago Artists Coalition. They obtained an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and a BA in Art and Art History from Hampshire College in 2008.