In 2001, Joseph Witkowski and a local writer, Elizabeth Bertoni, began a creative writing journal/zine called Inpatient magazine. It was a quarterly, free publication financed by paychecks supplied by our various occupations and some overseas tax shelters. The zine managed five issues before the weight of it consumed our saturated schedules and was discontinued, (hopefully not forever.) It included fiction, poetry, illustration and political critique and was perhaps our most illustrious inbred brain child.

The name "Inpatient" was carried over when Witkowski joined up with long time friends, photographer Renee McGurk and Frank Tamas, musician, production designer and part-time mercenary. Inpatient Artworks was conceived and hopefully will remain as a means to produce independent art exhibitions outside the gallery system, equipment space (darkroom and otherwise) and as a platform for web design and digital video production.

In 2003, the first photography show "Unnatural Habitats" was held at the Transmission Gallery in the West Loop, hosted by photographer Nicky Watts. Following that was our premiere art exhibition "Addictive Skin," produced by ourselves in 2004 at the Chase Cafe in Rogers Park.  The show also featured Jennifer Brown and Red Hot Dan. Our sound man and production coordinator for both shows was Frank Tamas.

In 2004, Inpatient began digital video production and website design. Our first films were textbook cases of what happens when you don't have any textbooks.  However we continue to learn from the experiences and have amassed in a short time a collection of films born from a spirit of collaboration and angry self-indulgence. In 2005, we joined Brian Wyrick and Group 312 films and now show regularly in Chicago. As of  2007, we have created over 30 films both narrative and experimental and have appeared in a number of film festivals.



Collaboration in art is a cohort to political activism and the cultural revolutionaries of our time but always in danger of falling prey to the leisure class. I wanted to create a space where the anarchistic and nomadic spirit would prevail over social domestication. The essence of art is to disturb with beauty, to unnerve with concept, and to allow for the reinvention of ourselves; to chart our course of evolution, by way of curiosity and the compulsion to disobey.

-Joseph Witkowski, 2004


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