Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happy Collaborator Found

Happy Collaborator found on the corner of Ashland and Blackhawk wearing lanyard I.D tag marked "street performer".

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy C feeds the birds

Recently (ish) we went to Running Room curated by ACRE at the A and D Gallery where we participated in "Feed Forms and Duck It" by Adam Farcus. Adam gave everyone bird seed and duct tape and sent them out into the world to make art. We took our supplies to Taste of Chicago and set up a makeshift bird feeder along side all the booths of food.

More info on Adam Farcus can be found at
And more information about ACRE is at

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dayton Castleman's installation @ Ben Russell Gallery

Check out the latest incarnation of Dayton Castleman's installation, the lights atop this sculpture blink the work "BLESS" in morse code to all those is range of the signal.

Don't miss Dayton's show at Happy C on April 2nd!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Have you hoped and dreamed for years and years (or months and months) of being a Happy Collaborationist? Of donning a blue wig and a good time? Well if you have, or if you haven't and it sounds like fun anyway, you are in luck! Happy C is doing Art on Track and we want you to come out and join in. If you are free Aug. 7th and interested in participating in our performance (and thus getting in FREE) in Art on Track please let me know.


or call

(773) 888-3065


Friday, July 2, 2010

The physical (im)possibility of jumping over The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Thank you to everyone who came out to witness the Jumping of the Shark. Referring to an episode of Happy Days ‘Jumping the shark is an idiom used to describe the moment of downturn for a previously successful enterprise. The phrase was originally used to denote the point in a television program's history where the plot spins off into absurd story lines or unlikely characterizations… often the result of efforts to revive interest in a show whose viewership has begun to decline.’ Wikipedia

‘Shock art is the safest kind of art than an artist can go into the business of making today.’ Lynne Munson

Based between London and New York, Isobel Shirley uses both her practice to address the different functions of the art world, and the roles created within it. Whilst promoting interaction and discourse, her work often uses a knowing humour to question her own intentions as an artist and motivations for producing work. Using the platform of her first solo exhibition Shirley questions the implications of an artist. Always striving to make that piece of work that will make your mark, yet dreading forever being associated with it and pigeon holed.

During her exhibition at Happy Collaborationists, Shirley presented a body of work from her ongoing mission to jump over Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. Happy C presented Shirley's training and obsessive year and a half long preparations, culminating in a performance of death defying feats, Shirley asks the question, ‘Is it possible to jump the art shark?’ and if so ‘Where do you go from there?’

Those of you who came out to witness now know the truth, you can jump the shark and Happy C is looking forward to working with Isobel Shirley again to see just where she goes from here!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Palimpsest: an installation by Austin Knierim & Jesus Mejia

An image of what once was.

In the built environment, this occurs more than we might think. Whenever spaces are shuffled, rebuilt, or remodeled, shadows remain. Tarred rooflines remain on the sides of a building long after the neighboring structure has been demolished; removed stairs leave a ...mark where the painted wall surface stopped. Dust lines remain from a relocated appliance. Faint legible remains.

Saturday, 12 June 2010
18:00 - 22:00
Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
1254 N Noble St.