Friday, October 1 2021 | 5-8PM
Helen Lee Nat Pyper
Open hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11AM - 5PM | Saturday 12-4PM
Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Deep Cuts, a duo exhibition featuring new works by current HATCH 2021-2022 artists-in-residence Helen Lee and Nat Pyper, and curated by Joan Roach. The exhibition will have an opening day on Friday October 1, 2021 from 5-8pm. Walk-ins are welcomed.
Lee and Pyper’s studio practices cut into the B-sides of their respective cultural and personal catalogues. In their exhibition the artists disassemble, cut , stab, transform, re-print, duplicate, and put back together aural echoes of joy and suffering. Their practices are united through action, each clipping wings or zines, as a means of re-imagining, recontextualizing, and sometimes making love to the “archive.”
As Lee unearths and commemorates vulnerable moments from her lived experience, she dives further into memoriam, where she shares a collection of stories of Asian and Black lives lost due to hate. In a similar gesture against violence, Pyper pricks at the veil of queer punk anarcho-zine history. Their transgressive, clipped apart, stretched, and reprinted cut-ups bare it all, and often out of sight images see the light of day.
The two artists handle the complex conversations around sex and death with a sense of reverence. They push through reticence to offer up their catharsis in its stead.
Originally from Metro-Detroit, Joan Roach is an emerging arts writer and curator who focuses on sculptural, textual, and performance-based work concerned with how we conceptualize, create, and restrict social space. Writing from a phenomenological perspective, they highlight work that encourages arts audiences to give critical attention to their relationship with the material world. At present, they are the publication editor for LVL3, an artist-run exhibition space and publication, and a contributor to New City Magazine.
Secondary Image: Exhibition On Being Tender featuring work by artists Madison Kline and Michele Mobley.
Helen Lee creates performances that weave storytelling, 16mm film, home videos, taxidermy, installation and social practice. She was born and raised in Chicago to immigrant parents from South Korea.
Lee received her MFA in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Dance with a minor in Theatre from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has presented works in the US, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Finland and Canada.
Her work examines ancestral lineage, identity, racism, memory and shame. Helen looks at her mother and her isolation, her father and his relationship to anger and animals. Currently, she is investigating travel and transformation through butterflies, cocoons and wars.
Image: Helen Lee, Removing The Dead (2019). Performance, 30 minutes.
Nat Pyper is an alphabet artist. In their work and writing, they use language as a sieve and they push the body through it. They also maintain ongoing research on queer anarcho-punk zines of the late 80s and early 90s. Their practice extends from this unruly history and its embodied politics of refusal. Their work has been shown at Chuquimarca Projects and Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Printed Matter in New York City, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. Their writing has been published by Are.na, Draw Down Books, GenderFail, Inga Books, Library Stack, Martian Press, and the Walker Art Center. In 2018, they were a Teaching Fellow for the Yale Prison Education Initiative. They received their MFA from the Yale School of Art.
Image: Nat Pyper, #11 from I Take the Sign With Me (2018). Archival inkjet print. 16 x 11 inches.
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