No Signal: Matthew Metzger (left) and Mike Schuh (right) in the hot seat during their public talk for their MFA thesis exhibition: No Sudden Moves.
The Newcity has a cover feature by MFA programs in Chicago by Rachel Furnari, pick up a copy. The University of Chicago is discussed along with Northwestern, Columbia, UIC and SAIC. You can read it online, but the hardcopy is worth getting, the cover features a great painting of Survivor's re-release of "Eye of The Tiger" from Rocky III by Matthew Metzgrrr! Inside are more images than online, such as my ORANGE MONOCHROME installation and a picture I took of some awesome art conversation at my MFA show opening, smirks, flailing hands and all. Now it's obvious why I am suggesting picking it up. Anyhow, it is a good article, it isn't puffy or bitter. And Furnari poses a valid question: (the bold is my emphasis)
[S]tudents like Wenzel aren’t idly griping when they ask about the sustainability of the currently thriving apartment-gallery model or wonder about the logic of a dominant anti-institutional, anti-commercial genre of art-making when there are not many significant institutions or markets to be resisting. What are the aesthetics of resistance when the putative mainstream is a temporary fiction made up of an endlessly renewable slate of one-offs and cookouts? Is this a radical condition of possibility or an enervating cycle of optimism and disappointment?> BURGEONING
Matthew Metzger • Re-release: Discourse • 2009 • acrylic & oil on panel