Neither Painting Nor Disco Is Dead, And Here's The Art Show To Prove It

Don't worry, there will be a disco ball.
Dorielle Caimi, Unrequited Lightning, oil on canvas

"Disco is music for dancing," Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder once said, "and people will always want to dance." Have truer words ever been spoken? Perhaps so, but we can pray for a future in which bell bottoms, mirrored globes and falsetto-laden jams reign over nightlife once again.

To the haters out there who say disco is dead, and to the artsy crowd who debates for hours over whether or not painting has suffered a similar fate, stop talking and start ogling the glitter-happy surfaces of "FREAK OUT!" -- a Chicago based exhibition curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Gomez.

Sharon Pomales, High on Life, oil and gold leaf on panel

The show, taking place in a 13,000-square-foot gallery, features artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, video, poetry and performance, all addressing the era long associated with freedom, decadence, glamour, eccentricity and sparkles. In the words of Barry White: "Disco deserved a better name, a beautiful name because it was a beautiful art form. It made the consumer beautiful. The consumer was the star."

In Sharon Pomales' "High on Life," a mama in booty shorts gets loud on the dance floor of her mind, performing some serious dance domination despite the fact that she seems to be, rather blissfully, alone. Daniel Maidman's "At The Center Of It All" features a red-headed Bowie doppelgänger donning a skin tight jumpsuit that's an optical illusion in itself, teeming with eyes and fur that shift with kaleidoscopic smoothness.

If you're in the Chicago area, or so hungry to relive your glory days it's worth the trek, head to the Zhou B Art Center from April 15 to May 14, 2016 to make all your disco dreams come true. And if you don't have disco dreams, you have a lot of thinking to do.

Erica Elan Ciganek, Girls I, oil on MDF
Daena, Wonder Woman At The Disco, 2016
Nadine Robbins, UpsideDown, oil on linen, 24x24 inches
Daniel Maidman, At The Center Of It All, oil on canvas
Elizabeth Clair, nghtfvr, oil on linen
Jeffrey Bess, Disco Sucks, acrylic on canvas
Kip Omolade Diovadiova, Chrome Kitty Cash V
Victoria Selbach, Vision Of A DiscoIngenue, acrylic and glitter on board
Lacey Lewis, I Lost My Heart to a Venusian Queen, Oil on Panel
Debra Balchen, Stairway To Heaven
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