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End of Year BOLT and HATCH Exhibitions at CAC

Monday, October 27, 2014

 

CHICAGO, IL. October 27, 2014 – Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Suddenly Plastic, an exhibition featuring HATCH Projects residents Lauren Carter, Andi Crist, Benjamin DeMott, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Lily Dithrich, and Edyta Stepien, co-curated by JGV/WAR (J. Gibran Villalobos and Wil Ruggiero); and PREVIEW4, a group exhibition featuring the 2014-2015 BOLT Residents Marissa Lee Benedict, Houston Cofield, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Myra Greene, Aram Han, Norman W. Long, Phil Peters, Erik L. Peterson, Sanaz Sohrabi, and Spencer Stucky. Both exhibitions will have an opening reception on Friday, November 21 from 6–9pm at Chicago Artists Coalition, located at 217 N. Carpenter Street (free and open to the public). The exhibitions will run November 21 – December 18, 2014.

Suddenly Plastic

As the body enters deep sleep the brain may momentarily produce the sensation of falling. The peculiar feeling of shock or falling, the hypnic jerk, is an involuntary jump--an accidental state caught between neural passivity and instantaneous trauma. The boundaries of the hypnic jerk are a space, if only momentarily, where action takes form, it rises and deflates, and in its annihilation projects an other form.

It is in the collapses, slips, and hypnic jerks where these six artists expose accidents that make and unmake worlds for them. In Benjamin DeMott’s sculptures, the subtractive process of building a sculpture is visible--the detritus of his personal archive, whether conceptual or physical, is manifested as assemblage. Lily Dithrich unabashedly jams the gallery’s architecture with a monumental chair whose own size clumsily recedes into space. The stains of a mattress cover are made observable in Lauren Carter’s work, emissions and traces of a person’s life. In Kiam Marcelo Junio’s mirror work, our own reflection is refracted into distortion--our bodies immersed into a present accident. Andi Crist’s equine skulls, plaster casts and originals, displace and haunt our perception of occupied bodies. Edyta Stepien’s collections of roots sourced from pavement cracks find new foundations within the gallery space.

Suddenly Plastic examines the potential behind a method used by artists in their production. In their process, the artist annihilates and gives form. Through a negative orientation of plasticity, artists present us with forms that deny their previous state and yet exist and ascend towards new formations. In the creative surge, artists expose trauma, accidents, and dislocations, as potential shifts in their own epistemology.

Curated by JGV/WAR (J. Gibran Villalobos and Wil Ruggiero)

For more information about this exhibition and the artists, please click HERE. 

 

PREVIEW4

The fourth year of Chicago Artists Coalition's BOLT Residency program kicks off with its annual exhibition, PREVIEW4. This debutant exhibition will feature the 2014-2015 BOLT Residency artists, Houston Cofield, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Myra Greene, Aram Han, Norman W. Long, Phil Peters, Sanaz Sohrabi, Spencer Stucky, and BOLT Resident Mentors Marissa Lee Benedict and Erik L. Peterson. PREVIEW4 brings together all of the 2014-2015 BOLT Residents for their first and only group exhibition at Chicago Artists Coalition, and offers a glimpse of the tensions, tremors, and harmonies that attend the boundaries between their artistic practices.

Curated by Claire Valdez.

For more information about this exhibition and the artists, please click HERE.

Upcoming BOLT Residency Solo Exhibitions in 2015:

January 9 – 29: Norman W. Long
February 6 – 26: Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera
March 6 – 26: Marissa Lee Benedict
April 3 – 23: Sanaz Sohrabi
May 1 – 21: Spencer Stucky
June 26 – July 16: Phil Peters
July 24 – August 13: Erik L. Peterson
August 21 – September 10: Houston Cofield
September 25 – October 15: Myra Greene
October 23 – November 12: Aram Han

 

Suddenly Plastic
HATCH Projects group exhibition featuring Benjamin DeMott, Lauren Carter, Andi Crist, Lily Dithrich, Kiam Marcelo Junio, and Edyta Stepien.
Curated by JGV/WAR (J. Gibran Villalobos and Wil Ruggiero)
Opening Reception:  November 21, 2014, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 21 – December 18, 2014

PREVIEW4
2014-2015 BOLT Residency group exhibition featuring Marissa Lee Benedict, Houston Cofield, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Myra Greene, Aram Han, Norman W. Long, Phil Peters, Erik L. Peterson, Sanaz Sohrabi, and Spencer Stucky.
Curated by Claire Valdez
Opening Reception:  November 21, 2014, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 21 – December 18, 2014

 

About Chicago Artists Coalition

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) strives to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives. As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, CAC capitalizes on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources. CAC is committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and educational opportunities, and to building a diverse community of artistic leaders, that defines the place of art and artists in our culture and economy. www.chicagoartistscoalition.org

About BOLT Residency

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering contemporary emerging artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art. The residency provides nine professional open-plan studios and a 500-square-foot, dedicated gallery space. BOLT takes a holistic approach to the development of residents’ artistic careers by providing studio work space, exhibition opportunities and support, professional development, and creative community. BOLT is structured to provide artists with myriad resources and comprehensive support to create, build upon and sustain a long-term career in the arts.

About HATCH Projects

HATCH Projects is a year-long, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. Artist Residents are divided into groups of six to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected artists will participate in three exhibitions curated by the group’s assigned Curator Resident. Each Artist Resident receives professional development through dynamic exhibitions, one-on-one studio visits, public programs, and community building to develop a sustainable creative practice. Through this unique hands-on experience and professional development program, Artist Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making.