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Release Show

Christopher Meerdo, Kirkjufell , 2013, 12 x18 inches, archival digital print
Christopher Meerdo, Kirkjufell , 2013, 12 x18 inches, archival digital print
Friday, January 10, 2014 to Thursday, January 30, 2014

Release Show marks a moment as HATCH Projects artists toggle between the culmination of a residency and an entrance into another phase of their trajectory. It looks at the differences and alignments that occur in these artists' practices with regard to imagery, process, and content.

Release Show presents new and recent works by six artists for their final HATCH Projects exhibition. Jesse Butcher's installation serves as memorial and altar to objects and text works that act as magic cards. James T. Green continues to wield cultural critique as a mode of investigation into his screen-based images. Kasia Houlihan weaves together the aesthetics and meanings of relationships as friendship bracelets that push size and scale. Christopher Meerdo's suite of prints are bright interventions that obfuscate and create new manifestations in the Icelandic landscape. Ryan Peter Miller's painthings go further as they expand into space and take on an architectonic quality. Rebecca Parker's videos are glimpses at the way family holiday rituals are performed from an uncanny perspective.

Whereas HATCH Projects was the genesis for the works presented in this exhibition, Release Show derives its meanings and connections from the open-ended suggestions and unexpected, subtle comparisons that surface between the artists' styles and motifs. This exhibition is organized by HATCH Projects curatorial resident, Teresa Silva.

Whereas HATCH Projects was the genesis for the works presented in this exhibition, Release Show derives its meanings and connections from the open-ended suggestions and unexpected, subtle comparisons that surface between the artists’ styles and motifs. This exhibition is organized by HATCH Projects curatorial resident, Teresa Silva.

Jesse Butcher (b. 1982 Germantown, TN) is an artist and educator living and working in Chicago, IL. BFA, 2005, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

James T. Green is a graphic designer and conceptual artist currently based in Chicago, Illinois. His art practice builds on an interest in self-identity, online engagement and our growing dependence on technology. His design practice focuses on making great things for the greater good. Both practices work in tandem. He has shown works at the Chicago Cultural Center, Filter Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art, including a residency with the ACRE Artist Residency Program. He has designed with organizations including TEDxWindyCity, Black Girls Run, and Red Bike and Green. James T. Green loves to see how art and design interact to convert spaces and create conversations.

Kasia Houlihan is a Chicago-based artist who works in a variety of media in an effort to get at the experience of relating. With photography, drawing, video, sculpture and language all in her arsenal, she chips away at the concepts of closeness, communication and connectivity. She has exhibited at such venues as Gallery 400, Chicago; Comfort Station, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; and the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami. Houlihan received an MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Christopher Meerdo  is a Chicago based artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent time in post-soviet Lithuania as a teenager. He has survived three near-death experiences including drowning and crashing in an airplane. Meerdo is a recipient of an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been shown in numerous locations including Reykjavik, Nottingham, Seattle, Toronto, New York, and Chicago with recent exhibitions at Document, Gallery 400, The Hyde Park Art Center, Roxaboxen and Roots & Culture in Chicago. Meerdo was recently an artist in residence at the SIM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland and currently teaches photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ryan Peter Miller received his BFA in Drawing and Painting from The University of Georgia in 2001 and an MFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2008. Currently he works as a painter in Ravenswood and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. His current body of work is a series of ‘painthings,’ formal sculptural objects made exclusively of paint; these objects play with ideas of representation in abjection to conventional hegemony of the image. Among his credits he is the recipient of a Scottsdale Public Art Grant, has exhibited his work in Beijing, Berlin, and LA, and completed a solo exhibition at Purdue University last fall. Born in Eastern Tennessee,

Rebecca Parker’s work responds to the cultural and visual landscape of the South. She often reflects upon culturally prescribed methodologies embedded in her upbringing to craft and navigate shared social experiences.  Through her work, she creates opportunities that shift people out of their everyday routines and frames of mind convincing family, friends, and strangers to interact with her and each other in intimate ways. Rebecca received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut where she focused on performance and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Middle Tennessee State University.  She has performed and shown work in various galleries such as the Nexus Foundation for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, Bulgaria; ArtSpace, New Haven, CT; Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC; and Chasama, NY.

Teresa Silva is formally the curator of the campus art collection in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recently, she collaborated with Corbett vs. Dempsey on a retrospective of Richard Koppe,Gyroscopic: Cubist Drawings and Late Paintings, 1936-1970. She has presented projects in Chicago at the Chicago Artists Coalition, The Franklin, the African-American Cultural Center of UIC, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Her writings have appeared in Museums & Social Issues by Left Coast Press, Inc.; PROOF, an experimental UIC MFA thesis catalogue; and a forthcoming catalogue entry for the Megatheria exhibition at Alderman Exhibitions.