Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap

"We are stargazers. We are in love with the ineffable. We are in love with the cosmos. Somewhere in the vastness of interstellar space is a tiny blue marble spinning, magnetized and orbiting a star. We look up in the fall at the Milky Way, showered in cosmic rays; we feel the vertigo of hanging upside down on monkey bars as children. We ask ourselves, well, how did we get here? So we gaze harder into the sky, ourselves, and use instruments that view beyond the limits of our eyes. We are looking for love and romance. We call out into the cosmic wild. We yearn to explore, we yearn for zero gravity, we yearn for magic. We light cigarettes with the sun, we x-ray ourselves holding objects from space and we dance into the morning waiting for the sun to come back." 

Their exhibitions in Chicago include "scry til you know why", The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation; "Local Comfort", LVL3;"Slow Stretch", Mana Contemporary; Rapid Pulse Performance Festival, Defibrillator Gallery; "Cosmosis", Hyde Park Art Center; BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, Museum of Contemporary Art; "Our Findings From Spaceship Earth," Roxaboxen, Chicago;"Line of Site," Western Exhibitions, Chicago; "IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE," Chicago Artists Coalition;  

Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap are Chicago-based artists and educators who receive their MFAs in performance art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have been collaborating since 2008.

Image: Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, We Ate Leaves From a Moon Tree, 2014, videostill, 1min.

(Updated 2022)

BOLT Residency

2011 - 2012,
Artist Resident