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|Interview w/Kimberly Aubuchon|
|By Chris Johnson, published in citylink newspaper|
Kimberly Aubuchon runs Unit B (Gallery), an emerging presence in the East Pilsen alternative art scene. I interviewed her the day after she and her volunteers removed the paintings and movable wood sculptures from November’s show. She was recovering from Thanksgiving and enjoying an empty space for the first time after a run of seven consecutive monthly art shows. The gallery is closed for December as Kimberly plans Unit B’s display for The Stray Show, a group exhibition organized by Thomas Blackman Associates that will display booths by over 50 alternative galleries and art collectives in a 37,000 square foot warehouse at 1418 North Kingsbury, Chicago, IL. The exhibition takes place Dec. 12-15, and will expose the up and coming of Chicago’s avant-garde underground. Unit B’s booth features the work of two photographers, two painters, a sculptor and a concept performance/video duo.
Kimberly got her introduction to art shows when she studied sculpture
and painting in San Antonio, showing her work in juried student shows
and grass roots galleries around town. She rented a studio and warehouse
with a local band.
Kimberly worked in the development office at the Art Institute while
working towards her degree in Fine Arts, making contacts and seeing first-hand
the business side of art. After receiving her BFA, she began working for
the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she co-chaired and exhibited in
a Staff show. Drawn to the growing art scene in East Pilsen, she looked
for a studio to rent in the area where she would have the space to paint.
KA: “I want to keep having an intriguing compelling group of artists
dialogue with the patrons and keep them interested in contemporary art.
For younger people and collectors. A good third of the shows are from
the art institute, and I want them to keep coming here. A lot of the work
is young and fresh. Hey, a lot of times they don’t have jobs, so they
have all day to work on their art, and it’s good. I want them to come
here now and be refreshed by what they see and aspire to show here, if
they keep that energy in their artwork throughout their career.”
Unit B (Gallery) is located at 1733 South Des Plaines Street, Chicago,
IL. The gallery reopens in January 2003, with openings every second Friday,
and holds regular gallery hours on Saturdays from 12-5 or by appointment.
Kimberly Aubuchon can be reached at (312) 491-9384, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stray Show runs from Dec. 12-15,
2002 at Kingsbury Place, 1418 North Kingsbury, Chicago, IL.