CHICAGO, IL. September 25, 2014 – Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Vagabunda, a solo exhibition featuring BOLT Resident Rashayla Marie Brown; and No-Fi, a group exhibition featuring new work by HATCH Projects Residents Lori Felker, Jesse Seay, and Sebura&Gartelmann, curated by Erin Toale. Both exhibitions will have an opening reception on Friday, October 24 from 6–9pm at Chicago Artists Coalition, located at 217 N. Carpenter Street (free and open to the public). The exhibitions will run October 24 – November 13, 2014.
A lifelong nomad who has moved 24 times in her life, Rashayla Marie Brown is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and writer. Brown’s solo exhibition, Vagabunda, explores notions of privilege, migration, and the search for power and freedom. Featuring a variety of mediums including photographs, video, performance, installation, and text, the artist depicts her journey to gain access and privilege via international tourism, the pursuit of luxury, and how these activities contradict an individual sense of interiority. Brown takes pop culture myths and narratives and animates them with her own bodies – her objectified body, her seeing body, and her body of thought. In Brown’s work, mythical constructions of the self and the other are explored; where the self and the other – the objectified figure often gendered, raced, classed and otherwise categorized - are collapsed into one being. She observes and appropriates elements of Black diasporic culture as something both external to herself and intrinsic to her image and being. In this exhibition, Brown features personal subjectivity and the self as an ultimate source of truth.
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In No-Fi (No Fidelity), HATCH Projects artists Lori Felker, Jesse Seay, and Sebura&Gartelmann (Jonas Sebura and Alex Gartelmann) investigate the spectrums of craft and technical proficiency while practicing restraint or employing alternative methods in their modes of production. The presented works possess a counterculture ethos with a healthy dose of punk and DIY aesthetics.
Lori Felker frustrates herself and the viewer in a Sisyphean new multimedia work based on the 1980s television show “Win, Lose, or Draw.” This piece is shown alongside a series of eerily altered family photos from Felker’s childhood. These reconstructed construction paper assemblages stir feelings of nostalgic unrest and rouse consideration of domestic dynamics.
Jesse Seay has created a uniquely hybrid production model which defies use-value and rejects gender norms. She hacks knitting machines and uses them to create functional knitted circuits. By making her wearable e-textile (a.k.a. soft circuit) patterns open source, she hopes to build bridges between the largely female knitting community and the male-dominated field of electronics. This overlap seeks a dialogue between what is traditionally men’s versus women’s work. Seay will execute a large-scale installation that features a floating structure of delicately knit, sound-reactive circuitry.
In their collaboration, Sebura&Gartelmann challenge each other to approach unfamiliar making and building practices while still attempting high levels of material craftsmanship and equipment fluency. The resulting works speak conceptually to intimacy, struggle, persistence, and social constructs of masculinity. Their installation will feature a new video work, interacting portraits in the round, sculptures that reference vernacular architecture, and an opening night performance on wheels.
Intentionally disarming, the works featured in No-Fi exist in the limbo between youthful counterculture and reluctant adulthood. Sometimes humorous, often sad, these artists demonstrate that sincerity and anarchy are not mutually exclusive.
Curated by Erin Toale, 2013-14 HATCH Projects Curatorial Resident.
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Vagabunda: BOLT Resident Rashayla Marie Brown
Opening Reception: October 24, 2014, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 24-November 13, 2014
No-Fi: HATCH Projects group exhibition featuring Lori Felker, Jesse Seay, and Sebura&Gartelmann. Curated by Erin Toale.
Opening Reception: October 24, from 6–9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 24 – November 13, 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.