Meet Artist Residents
Cathy Hsiao is an artist working in Chicago. She comes from a background in craft, weaving animal fibers dyed with plants, and was raised by a Buddhist mother. “Plant and Animal Studio” keeps this name as acknowledgement of those histories.
Danny Giles is a Chicago based artist who makes work that often brings together live performance, video, and sculpture to address the dilemmas of representing and performing identity. Giles received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, MFA Northwestern in 2013, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Giles’ work has recently been exhibited, performed and screened at the University of Washington Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Giles is part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Academic Director of the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency in Saugatuck, MI.
Devin 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.
Erin Hayden currently lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Her work has been exhibited in various cities across the US and abroad including at Stony Island Arts Bank and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and video work have been shown at Mana Contemporary Chicago and Randy Alexander Gallery. She has been an artist resident at the Ragdale Foundation and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, and is a Luminarts Fellow. She has been featured in reviews and publications including Frieze, Chicago Tribune, Lori Waxman's 60wrd/min art critic, and NewCity Art.
Mev Luna (b. Houston, Texas, 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist working in Chicago. Through a research-based practice and self-reflexive methodology, Luna’s practice rethinks history to identify the fictions that govern contemporary life and speculative futures. They work between live performance, video installation, new media, and text. Luna was an 2018 Art Matters Foundation Fellowship recipient,a 2017 SOMA Summer participant in Mexico City, and a 2015-2016 fellow at the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, Chicago.
Artist Photo: Robert Chase Heishman
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