a THUNDERCLOUD collaboration with

Elizabeth Fiersten


June 24 – July 29, 2017


QUOTIDIAN SHIFTS is the outcome of a series of conversations and experiments that have taken place over the past several months in the THUNDERCLOUD.
The application of familiar processes to new scales and mediums reveals an inquiry into the possibilities of architectural transformation. What began as lines on paper and diagrams in sawdust developed into lines on glass and drawings in space.
Conceived and experienced as a form of hide-and-seek, the layered sculptural forms are filtered through the intervention on glass that serves to guide and fragment the interior space.

Elizabeth Fiersten is a designer and artist who has been working primarily in metal for over a decade as co-owner of Manifold, a studio focused on small batch, precision crafted metal furniture.  After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1998, Elizabeth moved to Chicago and embarked on a journey that’s taken her variously into the fields of costume design, social work, house painting, gallery management and eventually, but not finally, furniture design.

Sadly, Ollies Bar has now closed. Join us instead next door to the THUNDERCLOUD at Numbskullduggery on North Winthrop, 7-9 on Saturday, 24 June.

We hope to see you there.



Cutaneous Conditions



Marissa Chris Zain Neuman: Cutaneous Conditions


November 5th – December 3rd


How do we grapple with the thing that holds us together and simultaneously traps us inside? This fragile sack of densely layered cells bumps up against the world and does not like it; it burns, dries, itches, flakes with silver dust and reveals yet another layer of raw and reddened skin. We are bound by it – it is holding us together and simultaneously trapping us inside.

“I marvel at, in the long history of trapped mankind, the inability of our thoughts to transport bodies, to remove them cell by cell from the burning attic, the sunk submarine” Journal of a Leper, John Updike.

Cutaneous Conditions examines the tenuous but essential relationship between mind and body. Does the image of the psychological self reciprocate the image of the physical self and what might an honest depiction of these two images look like? For The Thundercloud Generation is accessible only through external viewing – it does not permit physical entry. The windows are masked, translucent portholes mimicking skin cells which frame the interior space. ‘Entry’ exists only upon investigation – the viewer must look beyond the exterior layers of the storefront to discover the visual manifestation of the mind’s interior.







Kristin Abhalter: Myopia


June 10th – July 22nd


Kristin Abhalter draws on her experiences as a set designer to create an installation inspired by real and imaginary landscapes explored during a residency in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Employing a broad range of materials and techniques including painting, carpentry and sewing, Abhalter combines experiments in color, repetition, and pattern with the means of production associated with stage spectacle.
MYOPIA is the second in a series of exhibitions structured around the manifestation of an imagined opera.  The first exploration of the work – SIXES (prelude) at SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík – 
proposed  an architectural model of an idealized environment for the opera.  
 MYOPIA (overture) sets the stage with a collection of exaggerated and distorted visions, condensed into forms with elements of costume, suggesting the potential for characters to emerge.