This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream. Chicago-based performance and video artist Kirsten Leenaars has created participatory works of art that explore a quintessential American ideal: the pursuit of happiness. (Re)Housing the American Dream is an extension of Leenaars’ earlier investigations. Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee, WI), this latest work is the result of Leenaars’ year-long exploration of the relationship between home and happiness in Milwaukee’s Near West Side.
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.
FESTIVAL BRAND DESIGN,
MARKETING CAMPAIGN DESIGN,
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is gearing up to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2016. 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.
In this printed version of her hand-transcribed book project, 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.
"NOTES ON is an a-chronological studio diary that artist Magalie Guérin’s re-transcribed twice by hand and now in print. Through that active facsimile Guérin documents her painting process, mapping at once her creative history and the way that history consistently transforms. Personal, professional, and creative spheres intersect like simultaneous layers in a painting as accumulated entries capture the shifting gray area between self-doubt, self-awareness, and creative breakthrough. A recurring and parallel “character” in this journal is a hat shape—an abstract form that Guérin paints over and over again. Whether anatomical or abstract, the hat shape becomes an anthropomorphic companion as witness/lover/nemesis to Guérin’s artistic endeavors. Guérin shows us not only that a room of one‘s own is useful, but what can happen when it is utilized."
The NOTES ON book release will coincide with the opening of Magalie Guérin's next exhibition at Sector 2337 on March 25, 2016.
FOOD AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN
Midnight Kitchen Projects explores innovations at the intersection between visual art, food, and experience design. I've partnered with Chef Giuseppe Catanzariti on projects that push the boundaries of what we see, make, and eat. We produce dining events for public and private special events, creative venues, restaurants, and businesses that result in memorable, unique, sensorial experiences for guests.
BROADSIDE PUBLICATION DESIGN
Design concept and production of Ellen Rothenberg's broadside bulletin publication for the exhibition "Future Force Geo Speculators," at the Audible Gallery, Experimental Sound Studio.
ARTIST BOOK DESIGN
Carrie Gundersdorf, creates a prolific amount of collages as an ongoing activity alongside her drawings and paintings. The collages, including imagery from astronomy books and personal ephemera, were arranged as a collection for this artist book. Each page visually documents and classifies her visual vocabulary, locating the idiosyncratic to a telescopic view of the cosmos.
The sample pages above are excerpted from the book, published as a limited print edition by Devening Editions in 2013.
In May 2013, Neoteric Design moved into a new office. Settling in to the new space was a great opportunity to develop a plant program and introduce an art loan program. My goals for an art program were:
• for the staff to live with artwork over time;
• to expand the context around the work;
• to bring the design and art world closer together; and
• to expand our company's cultural program.
ANIMATION & MUSIC EVENT
Curated by Shannon Stratton and Sonia Yoon
Chicago, February 26, 2010
Chasing Two Rabbits is a special event curated by Sonia Yoon and Shannon Stratton that pairs animators with live performances by sound artists and musicians. Inspired by the experimental films of Norman McLaren, who combined abstract imagery (including scratching and painting into the film stock in earlier work, as well as paper cut-outs and live action and dance) with imaginative music and sound, Chasing Two Rabbits, acts to pair artists in both genres to produce a unique event where, rather than leaving art to illustrate a story, perhaps sound and vision will illuminate each other.
Gracen Brilmyer, Peter Burr, Tom Burtonwood, Dana Carter, Jodie Mack, Tracy Taylor, and Rebecca Schoenecker.
The Chicago Phonographers, Chris Hammes, Eric Zeigenhagen, Steve Lacy, Frank Van Duerm, Kotoka Suzuki, Cait Stevens, George Monteleone and Broken Chooser.