The Basics:

  • Exhibition title: Post Industrious
  • Artists: WM FitzPatrick and Barry Phipps
  • Dates: 16 November 2013 through 21 December 2013
  • Venue: Manifold, 4426 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, 60640
  • Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-6pm or by appointment
  • Opening reception: Saturday, 16 November 2013, 7-10 pm


The Exhibition:

Opening Saturday, 16 November 2013, Manifold presents “Post Industrious” a

two-man show featuring the works of Chicago-based artist and designer WM

FitzPatrick and Iowa City-based photographer Barry Phipps. Organized by

independent curator, Franck Mercurio, the exhibition addresses how current

economic realities, environmental concerns, and an awareness of recent history

influence design and art making in the post-industrial Midwest.


WM FitzPatrick’s pieces blur the line between sculpture and furniture. He

eschews new materials and mass production in favor of one-offs fabricated from

salvaged materials. Created from the detritus of the past, FitzPatrick’s pieces are

new constructs, yet retain the history of the original objects from which they were



The photographs of Barry Phipps’ “Iowa Series” reflect the architectural and

typographic forms of small town America. Rather than take pictures of Iowa,

Phipps mines Iowa for material to make images. His rigorous compositions

employ line, texture, and color to reveal underlying formal structures.


Together, FitzPatrick’s sculptures and Phipps’ photographs create a dialogue of

thought-provoking dichotomies: urban/rural, object/image, and design/art. Their

work reflects something of what it means to make art—to be “industrious”—in our

contemporary, post-industrial moment.


Manifold will hold an opening reception—free to the public—on Saturday, 16

November 2013 from 7 to 10 pm.



WM FitzPatrick:


WM FitzPatrick’s sculpture and furniture reflects his education at the Illinois

Institute of Technology, whose design school is grounded in the Bauhaus

principles of Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy. Straddling the line

between art and design, FitzPatrick describes his works as “performing a kind of

balancing act: is it furniture or is it sculpture?” His pieces are unique one-offs

made from salvaged materials that are often left “as is” to better retain the history

of the original artifact.


Barry Phipps:


Barry Phipps studied photography, video, and painting at the Kansas City Art

Institute, from which he graduated with a B.F.A. in 1990. “The images I present

are rare moments when the past, the present, man-made landscapes, and

natural elements collide into a cohesive, simplified, and mostly minimal

composition…I’m always ready to frame-in what’s important and filter-out the rest

to create something new and engaging from a momentary experience.”


Franck Mercurio:


Franck Mercurio is an independent exhibition consultant, curator, writer, and

editor based in Chicago with degrees from the University of Cincinnati in

architecture and Northwestern University in art history. Mercurio worked for eight

years in the Exhibitions Department of the Field Museum before starting his own

consulting business, Mercurio-Exhibits. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out

Chicago and has served as a guest editor for the magazine’s Art & Design



Press Contact:

Elizabeth Fiersten



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