Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present colossal gap, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring works of art by Elana Adler, Wen Liu, and Michael D. Moore.
"There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot."
--John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings
colossal gap comes from the perceivably empty space between it all. This perception is evoked by the metaphorical blank areas we tumble into, grasping to make sense of them, or distort them, as they relate to the intricacies of our lived experiences. John Cage’s quote, which muses on the impossibility of pure emptiness, is the impetus for the exhibition. colossal gap highlights the generative moments in the seemingly nothing that are embraced by the exhibiting artists.
New works by Adler, Liu, and Moore collapse the gulf between ideas and memories, nothingness and traces, to create interstitial spaces for new experiences. By reprocessing audio and visual information, the artists illuminate the malleable form of empty time and space, and its power to multiple meaning and expression.
colossal gap is curated by Jamillah Hinson.
Elana Adler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily focuses on questions of perception, signaling, and existence from both epistemological and ontological ways of thinking. Her process is iterative and illustrates the transition of thought through the transformation of object. Combining digital with analog craft techniques, she manipulates material in order to translate abstract concepts of space and time.
Wen Liu was born in Shanghai, China and is currently based in Chicago. Her art covers multiple disciplines, drawing from her background in wearable art, fiber, and sculpture. She received her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Fiber from China Academy of Art, and received her MDes in Fashion, Body & Garment from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in the National Grand Theater in Beijing and Between Art Lab in Shanghai and most recently at a solo exhibition in Manifold Gallery in Chicago.
Michael D. Moore is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Visual and Critical Studies also, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores relationships between mind and body, being and form, human and nonhuman animals and objects. Through paintings, drawings and found object sculptures, he celebrates difference and likeness by allowing the animal and object to exchange places freely.
Jamillah Hinson is a curator, grassroots archivist, and painter working in Chicago. She currently works with the Chicago-based collective Beauty Breaks, creating experimental participatory workshops centering on the Black femme experience. In the past, she has interned at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art working with both the curatorial and community arts director.