Self published — Release date: October 27, 2018
In 2016, artist Kelly Kacyznski was invited to develop a project at Spudnik Press with Stan Shellabarger. This publication indexes an edition of 84 monotypes, capping a two year process in a new medium—and a transformative period while becoming a new parent.
Cover Image: detail of Stages (iterate), 2017–2018, monoprint, 11” x 15”
Exhibition Catalogue — Release date: November 2, 2018
Jessica Labatte’s second solo exhibition at Western Exhibitions, Shade Garden, continues her explorations into paradoxes and illusions within photographic images. Labatte’s two interrelated series of color photographs explore photographic notions of the visible and invisible, the present and withdrawn as they champion beauty in the everyday as a radical gesture in our contemporary moment. Shade Garden will open on Friday, November 2 with a public reception from 5 to 8pm.
Writing by: Elizabeth Chodos, Jessica Labatte & Eric May, Michale Milano & Elisabeth Holland Rose Smith, and Jeff M. Ward.
This three-part catalog series is published on the occasion of the exhibition series (Re)Housing the American Dream by Chicago-based performance and video artist Kirsten Leenaars. Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art, this latest work is the result of Leenaars’ multi-year exploration of the relationship between home and happiness in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Conversations centered around the current state of affairs feature strongly each installment, reconvening student participants in Milwaukee during the summers from 2016-2018.
The Green Lantern Press — Release date: March 16, 2018
SHADOWED! documents and collects conversations, accounts, and thematic and material responses from elsetime, a solo exhibition by Ellen Rothenberg in 2015. This project examines the difficulty of artistic lineage exploring history’s dislocated presence. Central to Rothenberg’s artistic retcon is the image of her walking in the study of Bertolt Brecht. Rothenberg expands from there, refracting through significant figures like Stefan Brecht and Simone Forti, along with temporally specific locales like post-war Berlin, Woodstock, and downtown New York.
Writing by: Hannah B Higgins, Caroline Picard, Jeffery Skoller, and Shawn Michelle Smith. Featuring artists: Simone Forti, Mark Booth and Becky Grajeda, Alexandria Eregbu, Dao Nguyen, Tim Kinsella, Terri Kapsalis, and Anne Elizabeth Moore.
FOOD AND EVENT DESIGN
Midnight Kitchen Projects explores innovations at the intersection between visual art, food, and experience design. A collaboration with Chef Giuseppe Catanzariti, we produce projects that push the boundaries of what we see, make, and eat. Projects include dining events and cooking classes for special occasions, creative venues, and businesses that result in memorable, unique, sensorial experiences for guests.
Release date: Friday, March 16, 2018
ECLIPSING: the politics of night, the politics of light exhibition catalogue marks the conclusion of the three-month festival and closing of a group exhibition at the Arts Incubator Gallery. With contributions by curator Amina Ross, exhibition co-curator Justin Chance, artists showcased in the exhibition challenge assumptions of darkness to explore conversations of power, landscape, language, space and visibility.
Featuring Jomo Cheatham, Gabrielle Civil, Danny Giles, Joelle Mercedes, A.J. McClenon, Patricia Nguyen, Participatory Music Coalition, Uhuruverse of FUPU, and Amma Whatt. Written contributions by: Gabrielle Civil, Khadijah Kysia, Joelle Mercedes, Nikki Patin, Jade Perry, Amina Ross, Roell Schmidt, Uhuruverse of FUPU, Alia Walston, and Kaylee Wyant. Photography: Ally Almore.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Marketing and communications, press relations, social media content strategy, editorial and creative design services for over 250 events and 10 exhibitions per year, annual winter festival, neighborhood redevelopment initiatives, and ongoing artist-led projects, education, and research programs. Event production, project management, and coordinated communications with the University of Chicago, Theaster Gates, Rebuild Foundation, Place Lab, and partners: Currency Exchange Café, BING Bookstore, South Side Home Movie Project, and the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture.
COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT, PROJECT MANAGER
Marketing and communications, press relations, social media content strategy, event production, editorial and creative design services for Rebuild Foundation programs. Highlighted projects include Derrick Adams: Future People exhibition, The Stony Island Summer Pop Up, Objects of Care: Material Memorial for Tamir Rice workshop series, the 2017 Black Artists Retreat, Sock Hop annual gala, weekly and monthly cultural and community focused programs, and collaboration with the Currency Exchange Café and BING Bookstore to promote ongoing artist-led programs. Coordinated communications and content strategy with the University of Chicago, Theaster Gates Studio, Space Fund, and local partners for the national initiative, Reimagining the Civic Commons.
FESTIVAL BRAND DESIGN, MARKETING CAMPAIGN DESIGN, ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS
Hyde Park Jazz Festival — 2010-current
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is gearing up for its twelfth year. Created by Hyde Park cultural leaders and the Hyde Park Jazz Society, this annual music festival presents world-renowned jazz performers at premier cultural venues across Chicago's South Side. Two days of non-stop free performances bring legendary and local talents to these stages, gathering crowds of over 20,000 jazz fans every year.
CONTENT STRATEGY & PUBLICATION DESIGN
Dan Paz and Marilyn Volkman
Expected Release Date: Summer, 2018
The ARTE NO ES FÁCIL / Art Present project concludes with a comprehensive catalog to observe changes in U.S.-Cuban cultural relations from 2008 to 2015. This self-published catalog documents eight years of exhibitions, performances, installations, symposia, and writings from the perspectives of influential contributors in the field. It explores the impact of the designed environment on social policy and indexes nearly a decade of cultural production surrounding contemporary art in Cuba and the United States.
The publication chronicles the shifts in relational and social architectures leading up to the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations after 54 years, and expands upon historical narratives to incorporate the voices of over seventy cultural workers from the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Netherlands, and Qatar. With contributions from Rachel Weiss, Roell Schmidt, Solveig Font Martinez, JGV War; and interviews with Jorge Fernandez Torres, Margarita Gonzalez Lorente, Tania Bruguera, Claire Bishop, and Nicolas Bourriaud.
Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening highlights the inaccessible subjectivity that plants possess. This volume catalogues the latest exhibitions, performances, and investigations by artists and writers that reflect upon plant life as it troubles both physical and ideological human spaces.
Writing by: Giovanni Aloi, Kristina Chew, Every house has a door, Brooke Holmes, Karen Houle, Joela Jacobs, Ronald Johnson, Devin King, Eben Kirksey, Deanna Ledezma, Renan Laru-an, Michael Marder, Nathanaël, Chantal Neveu, Mark Payne, Caroline Picard, Catriona Sandilands, Steven Shaviro, Eleni Sikelianos, Monica Westin, and Leila Wilson.
Featuring artists: Sebastian Alvarez, Katherine Behar, Srijon Chowdhury, Katy Cowan, Zoe Crosher, Lindsey French, Essi Kausalainen, Joshua Kent, Deanna Ledezma, A. Laurie Palmer, Wilfredo Prieto, Steve Ruiz, John Steck Jr., Linda Tegg, and Andrew Yang.
In this printed version of her hand-transcribed book project, artist Magalie Guérin shares her artist's experience through various contexts and vantage points — from her inner world, filled with blooming ideas, influences, fears, and courage, to an outer world, its institutions, the discourse, and a community of people that play vital roles in her practice. In print, version III of NOTES ON strides confidently forward as a new object and companion to her latest body of work.
Interactive exhibit for Saieh Hall of Economics, The University of Chicago
ROLE: Producer, for Neoteric Design
User Research, Content Strategy, Client Services, Project Management
OBJECTIVE: Tell the story about the roots and figures behind the Chicago School of Economics through an fun, educational, and engaging digital experience
Drawing from a vast pool of stakeholders, academics, students, and university resources, our team collaborated intensively to learn the audience's needs, research the field of economics, gather interviews, and to discover cutting edge applications for museum interactive exhibits.
Content Strategy & Development:
• Defined the scope and structure of the exhibit's narrative
• Convey the roots and historical figures of the Chicago School of Economics in an fun, educational, and engaging digital experience
• Implemented a multi-phased plan directing the scope of research and storywriting criteria for the university's editorial team, and set guidelines for asset acquisition and management.
Whiteboard sketches captured the early user research work. With defined narratives and content structure, we iterated on wireframes and visual mockups and low-fidelity sculptural mockups and 3D renderings. Solving for scale, architecture, and usability, each prototype allowed our team to gather feedback, test hypotheses, and debug early on. Continuous iteration led to high fidelity prototypes before launch.
Interactive narrative with supporting videos
ROLE: Producer, for Neoteric Design
Concept, Script, Planning, Art Direction, Animation Editing, Project Management
OBJECTIVE: Explain a new product's set of problem-solving features and ease of workflow through an interactive narrative and videos
ROLE: Director and producer: planning, photography, project management, image production
OBJECTIVE: An introduction to Hubtran's purpose and vision, from startup CEO, Matt Bernstein
Multi-use event space at the University of Chicago
ROLE: Producer, for Neoteric Design
Project Management, User Experience Research, Content Strategy, Wireframes and Information Architecture, Interactive Prototypes, Software Testing, Client Services, Documentation and Training
OBJECTIVE: Responsive website redesign with integration of university calendar data
Chicago's leading art publication and directory
ROLE: Producer, for Neoteric Design
Strategy, Architecture, Wireframes, Prototyping, Project Management, Client Services, Software Testing, Training and Documentation
OBJECTIVE: Rebuild the gallery directory database, integrated with the website CMS; data exports directly into production for the monthly printed magazine