Jessi Reaves

All possessive lusts dispelled


Exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition: Jessi Reaves: All possessive lusts dispelled, The Arts Club of Chicago, Feb 16 - May 20, 2023

The exhibition at The Arts Club of Chicago centered on the work Personal Heat, 2021, a deconstructed étagère with accompanying video that explores themes of renovation and rebellion. The sculptural aspect features a pop punk aesthetic of hot pink animal stripes, as if Reaves had been locked in a room in her great aunt’s house with a can of paint, a saw, and some wood glue. The funk and humor of this work and other of Reaves’s sculptures and wall reliefs belie a mastery of complex composition, color, and the ability to integrate disparate materials. Reaves brings to her seemingly off-handed works a range of manual skills that she uses to both humorous and unsettling effect. 

  • Published by The Arts Club of Chicago, 2023. 62 pages, Softcover.
  • IBSN: 978-1-891925-08-5