GURL DON’T BE DUMB was founded by Eileen Mueller and Jamie Steele in 2011 as a curatorial project. Trafficking in artists that reclaim the rejected with irreverence and total genius their aim was to build playful exhibitions in an effort to free the works from the academy and facilitate empowered viewership. Their wish to expand the discourse between works making and to make exhibitions a celebration of interpretation rather than an exercise in divination led to exhibitions designed for MDW Fair, Iceberg Projects, Vessel & Page, and Heaven Gallery. After completing a residency at ACRE the two have turned their attention to making collaborative works, taking their curatorial research and applying it to works that further explore the materiality of GURLNESS.

In other words, just picture a corn dog bathed in pink neon glow: that’s GDBD.