A Matter of Degrees
Soo Shin + Patrick McGuan

"I haven't looked this up or anything, but I'm pretty sure we don't associate the colour black with death because of heavy metal. Rather I would think it's because of our eyes and how vulnerable we are at night, without lights and while sleeping. But anything is possible I guess.

"Of course death is funny like that, seems to have had a hand in everything. Physical fitness, the mantra, my job, balding patterns, extensional and ontological issues, all share a unique relationship with death and even begin to feel performative in the consciousness of dying.

"I am of course talking about living -- provenance and culture, individualism, all of the above. The utterance from a deathbed is surely performative, but no more so than any other utter desire. As it all comes from some hardwired social brain squirting that built just about everything we know over the last 5000 years or so. At the end of the day, literally, it might be the only thing that matters."

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Soo Shin's work investigates the gray area that lies in having faith in a higher being and the inseparable nature between struggle and faith through sculptures and drawings. Shin was born in Seoul, Korea in 1981. She completed her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Shin currently lives and works in Chicago.

Patrick McGuan is a Chicago artist whose work addresses the intersections of loss, class, and ritual. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.

PEREGRINEPROGRAM presents Soo Shin and Patrick McGuan in A Matter of Degrees from April 13-27, 2014.
An opening reception will be held Sunday, April 13, 1-4 pm.

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