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Devin T. Mays
Devin T. Mays' practice is an auto-ethnographic investigation of the in-between -- an intermediate space navigated by the social polarities of his identity. These social polarities, ranging from corporeal to celestial, demarcate spaces that define an in-between. This in-between-ness is measured both horizontally and vertically – horizontality as a measurement of time and verticality as a measurement of transcendence. Time tests the durability of polarities and transcendence tests the limits of their existence. This visual language develops a vocabulary that defines and redefines the in-between being explored in his practice, and the iterative formal gestures create conceptual underpinnings that create grammatical rules for the work. By creating conditions that infiltrate, imitate and mine his familial, spiritual and cultural landscape, the work proposes and repositions what’s in-between.
Photo: Andrew Henderson.
Hale Ekinci is a Chicago-based Turkish interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor of Art at North Central College. She spent childhood and much of her young adult years in Turkey, the homeland that she brings in and out of focus throughout her works. She completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. Focusing on pictorial histories, identity, gender politics, and folk traditions, her works vary from non-linear narrative videos and mixed media paintings embellished with craft to fiber installation. Her recent projects touch on social issues, cultural stereotypes, and political unrest. Despite the sometimes dismal nature of these controversial issues, her works are often playful as she uses vibrant colors, patterns, and hopeful moments.
Mayumi Lake (b. Osaka, Japan) is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work delves into childhood and pubescent dreams, phobia and desires. She employs herself and others as her models, as well as dolls, toys, weapons, vintage clothes, and altered landscapes as her props. Lake has exhibited nationally and internationally at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, Asia Society, Art in General, Artists Space, New York; Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art, Carmel; Fotograpie Forum International, Frankfurt; Cornelius Pleser Galerie, Munich; Galleria PaciArte, Brescia; FOTOAMERICA, Santiago; Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam; O Gallery, Tokyo. She has published two monographs “Poo-Chi” and “One Picture Book #55:Ex Post Facto” from Nazraeli Press.
Elliot J. Reichert is a Chicago-based curator, critic, and editor. He is Art Editor of Newcity and formerly Assistant Curator at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University.
Recent solo exhibitions include: She inches glass to break, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition, 2018; Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014; Non in Casa, 157 Blyth St, Melbourne, 2013; Bauhaus Fisher Price, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2012. Selected group exhibitions include: Footnotes, The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, 2015; No fond return of love, I.C.A.N., Sydney, 2014; Dear Masato, all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure, RM, Auckland, 2014; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2013; Please be quiet, The British School at Rome, Rome, 2013; Ménage a Trois, XYZ Gallery, Tokyo, 2012. She has also held residencies at SOMA Summer in 2018; the Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Studio Residency in 2011.
Shir Ende is a Chicago-based artist and educator. She works to reduce the “bigness” of architecture, re-imaging built structures as intimately scaled, malleable forms. In doing so, she aims to minimize architecture’s imposition on the body and soften the authority of modern design. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has shown at Heaven Gallery, Gallery 400, Terrain Biennial, South of the Tracks, Mana contemporary, Woman Made Gallery and was a Sponsored artist at High Concept Labs. She has screened videos at Nightingale, Comfort Station and Roman Susan. She currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.