Adds Donna is an alternative art space that was initially founded in 2009 by Jesus Gonzalez Flores, Xavier Jimenez and Justin Jacobson. Since then, the group has expanded to include Jerome Acks, Kaylee Rae Wyant, Holly Murkerson and Alejandro Jimenez. Adds Donna is located in Garfield Park and is comprised of an exhibition space and communal studios. The current show in the exhibition space is a group show called Water-reading, and runs from November 11, 2012 to January 6, 2013. It is named after a passage from Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi and it features a diverse group of artists, including Judith Geichman, James Kao, Susan Michod, Ian Pedigo, Ryan Richey and Rainer Spangl. While the works are for the most part two dimensional, they exhibit a diverse handling of materials. Each piece appears thoroughly digested and engaged in the processes, subjects and methodologies that produce them. Perhaps in an attempt to underline this and to further elucidate these works, AD provides visitors with a list of texts that the artists draw on to inform their practices. In addition, the press release includes a direct quotation from Twain’s text and provides a sort of frame within which to experience these works.

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