Meet Artist Residents
Julian Flavin is a Canadian artist and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. His work employs film/video, installation, writing, and sound to think through such ideas as: the ideological applications of music, the mitigation of social pain with dystopian irony, and the vexed desire for respite from complexity. His work has been featured as part of SXSW, Osheaga Music Festival, Harun Farocki’s Labor In A Single Shot, and Visions Du Réel amongst others. He has worked as the assistant to artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles and currently teaches at Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Image: Julian Flavin i, as in (2019). HD Video, 17 minutes.
Kyle Bellucci Johanson completed a B.A. in Reconciliation Studies and Art from Bethel University in 2009. In 2008 he studied peace and conflict at the University of Ulster in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and completed an M.F.A. at California Institute of the Arts in 2016. Kyle was a 2015 fellow of at land’s edge, an artist-led, autonomous, and experimental platform focused on intergenerational mentorship and engaged programming in community-run spaces across east and south Los Angeles. In 2018 Kyle opened table, a temporary project space dedicated to situating artist’s practices through exhibition, discursive meals, and publication. Currently he is an adjunct assistant professor at University of Illinois Chicago, and lecturer at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kyle’s work has recently been on view at the Gray Center at the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), Bill’s Auto (Chicago, Illinois), Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon (MOCAM), Automata (Los Angeles, California), Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), ALTES FINANZAMT (Berlin, Germany), Centro Cultual Metropolitano – MET Quito (Quito, Ecuador), and Human Resources (Los Angeles, California).
Image: Kyle Belluci Johanson chance encounters for a third try: attempting a house party on the moon (screenshot). A performance architecture in which my flat in Chicago has been reconstructed on the surface of the moon – Earth’s natural satellite. (http://partyonthemoon.house)
Headshot Photo Credit: Kim Becker
Maryam Taghavi is a Tehran-born Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working in photography, installation, video, publication, drawing, and performance. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She employs a post-studio, site-specific practice that weighs in on and intervenes in existing modes of production. Interested in the interchangeability between the observer and participant, Taghavi locates agency in the role of the language to mark the experience of displacement and expose complex layers of difference across social and cultural levels. Taghavi’s work has been exhibited at LAXART, the Queens Museum, and the Chicago Cultural Center, among others.
Image: Maryam Taghavi, A Flight into the Abyss, 2019. Acrylic glass, fabric print, digital print on fabric. Installation dimension: 20 x 10 ft.
Paige Taul (b.1996) is an Oakland, CA native who received her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Cinematography from the University of Virginia and her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work engages with and challenges assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging through experimental cinematography. As a part of her filmmaking practice she tests the boundaries of identity and self-identification through autoethnography to approach notions of racial authenticity in veins such as religion, style, language, and other black community based experiences.
Image: Paige Taul, 10:28, 30, 2019. 16mm/miniDV, 04:23 min
Selva Aparicio is an interdisciplinary artist working across installation and sculpture to create artwork that digs deeper into ideas of memory, intimacy and mourning. Born andraised in the woods just outside of Barcelona, Spain, she found solace in nature from a young age and cultivated a profound interest in the ephemeral as inspired by the natural world around her.
She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 and her MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2017. Aparicio’s work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; Yale Center for British Art; Can Mario Museum, Spain; CRUSH Curatorial, New York; The Kyoto International Craft Center, Japan; Instituto Cervantes, New York; and the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona.
She was awarded the JUNCTURE Fellowship in Art and International Human Rights in 2016, the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize in 2017, and received a MAKER Grant from theChicago Artist Coalition in 2020. She was also named one of the 2020 breakout artists in Chicago by NewCity Art and is a current artist in residence at BOLT.
Image: Selva Aparicia, Auto de Fe, (2021). Rose branch, play-wood, dandelions. Photo taken by Robert Chase Heishman.
Portrait photo credit: Eugene A. Maltez
Susy Bielak’s art and writing responds to issues including migration, displacement, and the relationship between domestic life and disaster. In the process, she mines personal and political histories, texts, and archives to find the allegorical possibilities and poetics of people, places, and materials. Bielak’s work has been collected and exhibited widely, including by the International Print Center, Museo Tamayo, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and Walker Art Center, and published in Art Papers, Poetry Magazine, and New American Paintings. She received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She frequently makes work with Fred Schmalz in the collaborative Balas & Wax.
Image: Susy Bielak Singing in the dead of night: Breath Drawing #1, 2020, photograph, 12.5” x 12.5”
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