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Survey 3: I Sense Something Has Changed
Reception Opening

Friday, August 13 2021 / 5-8 pm

Work by

Sirimas Benz Amatayakul Anwulika Anigbo Bryana Bibbs Gabriel Chalfin-Piney Jennifer Chen-su Huang Helen Lee Osée Obaonrin Nat Pyper Farah Salem Roderick Sawyer Jade Williams Nayeon Yang

Open hours: Wednesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Survey 3: I Sense Something Has Changed, an inaugural group exhibition featuring new works by current HATCH 2021-2022 artists-in-residence, and curated by Cristobal Alday, Yi Cao, and Joan Roach. Exhibiting artists include Benz Amatayakul, Anwulika Anigbo, Bryana Bibbs, Gabriel Chalfin-Piney, Jennifer Chen-su Huang, Helen Lee, Osée Obaonrin, Nat Pyper, Farah Salem, Roderick Sawyer, Jade Williams and Nayeon Yang.

The exhibition will be on view from August 13, 2021 through September 23, 2021, with an opening day on Friday, August 13, 5-8 pm. Walk-ins are welcomed.

I Sense Something Has Changed examines the liminal state of perception, holding space for the intuitive moment when one is situated at a sensory threshold. 2021 HATCH residents delve into the multisensorial aspects of artmaking, as well as the metaphorical landscape of awareness, understanding, knowing, and interaction. How do our bodies, lead by touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste come to understand the present world amidst a pandemic that deprives the familiar and activates the unfamiliar? When our senses unfold as sites of voluntary and involuntary memory, what does it mean to sensate, to recall, and to forget? How might we recognize the reverence of human touch, in a time when many have gone without? And how will this shift, this purported moment of awareness, move us towards care for ourselves and one another? Housed in the physical gallery setting, in their sensorial materiality the artists’ objects and images mean to emphasize their co-presence they share with each viewer.

The exhibition will feature an interactive library of senses, as well as curated programming that further explores the senses through collaboration.

Exhibition Tour Dates:

Saturday August 21
Curator Yi Cao and artist Nayeon Yang will be offering 20 min exhibition tours in Korean and Chinese.

Korean tours will begin at noon, 12:30pm, 1pm, and 1:30pm
Chinese tours will begin at 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, and 3:30pm

No RSVP is required; walk-ins are welcome.

About Artists

Sirimas Benz Amatayakul (b. Bangkok, Thailand) is a process artist working primarily with acrylics. Her unrelentingly and unashamedly playful work is influenced by her academic yet colorful upbringing. She is currently exploring the family dynamics and intergenerational trauma of Asians through her work. She paints as a means to document, question, defy, and honor the culture that she grew up in. She pushes elements in her paintings to the point where they stop making sense to the human mind as a symbol of her freedom to express herself.She received a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University in 2007 and a Certification in Expressive Art Facilitation from Open Studio Project in 2015. She is also a founder of Dear Artists Project, a platform whose mission is to nurture and support women artists to become whole, healthy, and successful on their own terms.

Image: Sirimas Benz Amatayakul, Will you marry me when I'm old? (2019). Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.

2021 - 2022
Anwulika Anigbo

Anwulika Anigbo is a humanist artist. Her work investigates questions concerning self-determination, presence, knowledge production, and memory. She traces the historical and somatic roots of everyday life as it is practiced across the diaspora through imagery and processes. She lives and works in Chicago with Afam, her twelve-year-old child. 

Image: Anwulika Anigbo untitled (2020). Black and White Film, unspecified. 

2021 - 2022
Bryana Bibbs

Bryana Bibbs is a Chicago-based textile artist, painter, and art educator who earned her BFA with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work comes from her personal life, struggles with daily occurrences, the ultimate strive for comfort, and trying to figure out life one step at a time. She is the founder of the “We Were Never Alone Project – A Weaving Workshop for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence” and is currently an artist at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. Bryana’s work has been on view at the Evanston Art Center, ARC Gallery, and the Bridgeport Art Center.

Image: Bryana Bibbs 9.21.20. (2020). Handwoven, hand-carded, hand-spun wool, angelina fiber, and recycled sari silk. 18 x 11.5 inches.

Gabriel Chalfin-Piney is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer, with a background in performance and exhibition-making for artists and nonprofits. Gabriel’s art practice pulls from olfactory, gustatory and tactile explorations, oral history interviewing, practices of play, care, and abolition, family-style eating, tattooing, object-making and collecting, puppetry, mold, and meditation, prompting audience members to participate as co-creators. 

Gabriel holds an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Art History from SUNY New Paltz. They have shown work at the Dorsky Museum, Panoply Lab, High Concept Labs, and Grace Exhibition Space. 

Image: Gabriel Chalfin-Piney, Amanda Bailey, Tamas Vilaghy, Daily Bread, (2019). Boiled beets, red onion, arugula and goat cheese, disposable nitrile gloves and changing pad, 11 minutes (Photo: Ji Yang). 

Jennifer Chen-su Huang is an artist and writer whose process-driven works interweave elements of craft tradition, language, history, and memoir. In 2017-2018, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan, where she was a Research Fellow with the Ethnology Department at National Chengchi University, as well as a Visiting Artist at Tainan National University of the Arts. She graduated with her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2018, she presented her research at the Textile Society of America's biennial symposium and was selected for the New Professional Award. Huang has exhibited internationally at Haiton Art Center in Taipei and across the United States at Untitled Prints and Editions in Los Angeles, Kearny St. Workshop in San Francisco, and Gallery 400 in Chicago, among others.

Image: Jennifer Chen-su Huang a hermit’s guide to home economics (2020). Goji berries from Mother's garden encased in silk organza, embedded in hand-dyed, and woven cotton cloth, stretched over wooden bars. 10 x 12 inches.

2021 - 2022
Helen Lee

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. 

2021 - 2022
Osée Obaonrin

Osée Obaonrin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet originally from the Republic of Benin, who currently resides in Chicago, IL. Obaonrin received a BFA with a concentration in Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses primarily on documentation. Documenting self. The feelings of grief and acts of mourning as a means of reflection and also as a means of actually performing the processes of grief and mourning. She attempts to reconcile with the losses that have opened her to grief, the pain that has come along with it and perhaps find hope as a means of resistance. 

Image: Osée Obaonrin come as you are (2017). Mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 inches. 

2021 - 2022
Nat Pyper

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, 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.

2021 - 2022
Farah Salem

Farah Salem is an artist, and art therapist from Kuwait, based in Chicago. Her studio practice is rooted in photography and expands into video, performance, fibers, and installation. Working in both urban and natural landscapes, she uses these settings to engage in conversations with captured frames, performances, and installations. Exploring the politics of seeing, roles of access, agency and power in the displacement of identity as a material. She holds an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Farah has exhibited her work at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, United Photo Industries, Mana Contemporary, Sharjah Art Foundation, and the Bolivia Biennale.

Image: Farah Salem, Power to See (2019). Fiber/Video Installation, 10 Minute Video.

2021 - 2022

Roderick Sawyer is a Southside-based creative that explores the importance of language and storytelling through his art practices. On one hand, Sawyer’s work involves creating video documentaries, photography publications, and editorial articles that analyze Graffiti as a complex system of communication, self-expression, and resistance. On the other hand, Sawyer focuses on creating photo collages and zines that represent his exploration of language acquisition, dialect, and identity through the study of spoken languages like Spanish. Sawyer’s work functions as a tangible and archival experience.

Image: Roderick Sawyer Estoy Perdido, Pero Está Bien (2019). Photobooks created in Puebla, Mexico, from the "A Continuar" series. 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

2021 - 2022
Jade Williams

Jade Williams (b. 1993) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose practice investigates the ways that she, as a Black Woman, engages in alteration and transformation as healing rituals. Using hair, gold hoops, acrylic nails, and ornate fabrics, her works are heavily influenced by the 1970’s/80s and metaphysics. Jade received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, her work has been exhibited at Figure One Gallery, the Krannert Art Museum, the Leather Archives and Museum, Slate Arts and Performance Center, and Woman Made Gallery. Jade is a 2020 recipient of the One State Artist Project Grant and currently works in the Greater Chicago Area.

Image: Jade Williams Ritual No. 2 (Every Two Weeks) (2019). Nail Art c/o Bomb Nail Bar.

2021 - 2022

Nayeon Yang is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She moved to the US from S. Korea in 2006. Experiencing the implied status of a 'foreigner' now in both countries, she explores the politics of 'foreign' and 'presence' in a global society through her projects.

Yang has exhibited at different venues including Roots and Culture, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, 849 Gallery at the Kentucky College of Art and Design, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Suchang Youth Mansion, and Mythtake Museum. She received an MFA in Sculpture from the Ohio State University and a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an alumna of residencies such as High Concept Labs, Birdsell Project, ACRE, Wassaic Project, and others.

Image: Nayeon Yang, Night Shift​ (2018​). Site-specific 4-Channel live-feed video installation: Projectors, cameras, mirrors, mirror stands, mirror film on windows and 60 minutes video (text: U.S. major immigration laws from 1790 to 2013 published by MPI)​. Dimensions vary. 

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