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Really Real: a Cream Co. Production

February 7, 2003

February 7 – March 22, 2003. Organized by Cream Co.

“Really Real” is an exhibition of art and things organized like a game of telephone. Essentially Cream Co., a fluid collective including artists, solicited a group of artists to brainstorm and create a show which would raise questions about ways we categorize art and things and the distinction between what’s real and what’s not. Members of the original group suggested a variety of ideas and types of things from hoax objects to artists’ collections, paintings, children’s costumes and books. In turn, the things generally addressed a variety of subjects and artists began requesting others to contribute art and things relating to the various subjects. Ultimately, the exhibition celebrates the connectedness among persons and things inherent in the process of producing a group show, the role of translation inherent in meaning, and the location of art in transitory moments and unintended consequences.

During the installation process January 14th through February 7th, the public is invited to visit Gallery 312 as Cream Co., together with contributing artists, transforms the gallery into a time capsule of ideas and objects that blurs or highlights distinctions between assumed categories in art and life.

As part of Really Real, Cream Co. will operate a Gift Shop featuring artist-made items for sale to benefit Gallery 312, a non-profit, artist-run organization.


“Really Real” includes on-going screenings of cult filmmaker Trent Harris’s “The Beaver Trilogy” starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover. A special screening will take place on Thursday, March 20th at 7:30.