Robert Lentz: The Handyman's Progress

Fugitive Art Center presents The Handyman’s Progress, an exhibition by Robert Lentz. The exhibit opens December 2, 2000, and remains open until January 13, 2001. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Mr. Lentz explains in his artist statement:

Inspired by the raft of do-it-yourself home improvement manuals and guidebooks that have flooded the market in the past twenty years, The Handyman's Progress is an ongoing project that combines drawing and text, sculpture, video and installation, to depict the life and times of a tinkering Everyman. The handyman is an alter ego, a stand-in, whose endless household projects, rendered in bloodless line drawings, are both anonymous and stereotypically male. The handyman is a symbol of blind perseverance, embodying not only the Protestant work ethic (Industry, Thrift, Self-Reliance), but also the labor of Sisyphus.

Mr. Lentz received an M.F.A. from the School or the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. Before that he studied at the Appalachian Center For Crafts, the Connecticut College (B.A.), and the Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence. His previous exhibitions include Multiples 4 at the NFA Space in Chicago, Snapshot at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Currents @ ArtMiami 2000 in Miami, and House at the Gold Star Complex in Chicago. Mr. Lentz also currently serves as the Curator of Exhibitions at Gallery 37, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.