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Snow Yunxue Fu’s work on view at the Chicago Artist Coalition

Kissing in Heaven, Friday, May 1, 2015 to Thursday, May 21, 2015

HATCH Projects exhibition, Kissing in Heaven, brings to mind a perfect experience, a suspect fantasy that nevertheless sustains many of life’s efforts. The works on display focus on this tension between desire for the ideal and the material limitations which obstruct it.

Andy Roche uses video and lightboxes to examine both the comedy and the anxiety of the life cycle. Snow Yunxue Fu uses digital media in gesturing towards a higher reality, while utilizing technology and artifice to achieve that vision. Hideous Beast (Josh Ippel and Charlie Roderick) defy the rarefied status of art by performing and documenting the installation of the entire exhibition themselves. This direct handling of the artworks suggests how physical, tactile, and intimate processes counteract the purity of the ideal. Kissing in Heaven is curated by Allison Lacher, HATCH Projects Curatorial Resident.

Artist Bios

Andy Roche is an artist and filmmaker from Dubuque, IA, currently living in Chicago.  His work has been exhibited in galleries and presented at film centers including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kala Art Center, Berkeley, S8 Gallery, London, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, among many others.  Recently, his fiction has been published in Rough Beast Magazine, Berlin.

Snow Yunxue Fu is an artist who lives and works in Chicago. Her work approaches the subject of the Sublime using topographical computer rendered animation installation. She exams and interprets the world around her through virtual reality, where she draws a parallel to the realm of multi-dimensionality and the spiritual.

Fu has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Chicago Filmmakers, Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MoMA PopRally Online Screening, NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn NY, TEMP Art Space in New York, The Gallery C Space in Beijing, Prak-Sis New Media Festival in Chicago, Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, West Village Art Gallery in Chengdu China, SIMULTAN Festival in Romania, and 9:16 Film Festival in Australia.

Fu is currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in both the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department and the Continuing Studies Department.

Hideous Beast is a collaboration between Josh Ippel and Charlie Roderick. Since 2004 they have worked organizing structured participatory events, publishing how-to manuals and most recently creating interactive sculptures and installations that examine survival culture.

Currently Hideous Beast operates out of Chicago, IL. Primarily working with non-commercial art spaces, they have exhibited work with a variety of artist-run spaces, galleries, museums and festivals nationally and internationally.

Curator Bio

Allison Lacher is an artist, educator, curator, and community arts advocate. She serves as the Visual Arts Gallery Manager at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS); has previously held positions with the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, and has been a grant panelist for the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA). She has exhibited extensively and is a previous recipient of the IACA Artist Fellowship Award. In 2013 she co-founded DEMO Project, an alternative contemporary exhibition venue, in partnership with UIS affiliates. Collaboration, alternative projects, and community engagement are at the forefront of her exhibition programming initiatives.


Programming

Kissing in Heaven: Artist Forum
Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N Carpenter St.
Saturday, May 9
12:00 – 4:00pm

Artists Snow Yunxue Fu, Andy Roche, and collaborative Hideous Beast present Kissing in Heaven: Artist Forum. The event will offer expanded insights into exhibited works through workshops, phone calls, exchanges and discussion. Kissing in Heaven is a HATCH Projects exhibition curated by Allison Lacher at the Chicago Artists Coalition.

12:00-2:00pm: Hideous Beast, Workshop

2:00-3:00pm: Andy Roche, Call 312-806-3240 Immediately

3:00-4:00pm: Snow Yunxue Fu, Sight, Seem, Slight

X & 6-A Review on Liz Larner’s work

The two work of Liz Larner displayed on the Bluhm Terraces are fun and energetic temporary additions to the already breath taking urban landscape that can be viewed on top of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Posing themselves as effortless and toy like objects, Larner’s sculptures reference the shapes and the materials of the architectural elements of their surroundings. While the box like shapes of 6 mimics the skyscrapers, the shininess of the stainless steel and its organic quality of X echoes the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in the Millennium Park. As if they are a more abstract and experimental version of the bigger structures in their background.
The elevation of the sculptures that is created by the wood platform that is commissioned by the artist is also a necessary and complete touch to the display of the two pieces. When viewing the pieces outside of the platform, the pieces obtain an almost virtual object like quality as some digital sculptures you are able to find within the online gallery nowadays, such as the ones that is found on the realfake.org under the Impossible Object. As the viewers step onto the wood flooring, they then become more aware of their own bodies in relationship to the two not too much bigger size objects. The fun contours and colors of the pieces also invoke almost a dancing quality in relationship to the viewers’ bodies. And when the viewers are able to see one sculpture through the other, it creates an interesting dialogue of form especially compared with the grogous view behind. Larner’s pieces are successfully shown on the Bluhm Terraces because not only it makes the viewers aware of themselves, but it also asks them to have more in-depth consideration put into the environment they found themselves in.

Review- A Gene Siskel Film Center Screening: Songs from the North

On March 26th, the Gene Siskel Film Center held the screening and artist Q + A program of the South Korea–born and Cambridge-based artist Soon-Mi Yoo’s newest work Songs from the North.

Songs from the North is a one hour long experimental documentary that attempts to look at the current political and living situation of North Korea by presenting a collection of mostly personal travel footage over the course of four years and three visits, with the found media footage of North Korean Television, theater performance, and drama, and interviews she has with Yoo’s father who had a close relationship to the civil war between the North and South Korea.

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Unlike many other films that are made about the North Korea’s history of oppression and censorship that turns to make a strong political point, Yoo’s film focused her lenses more on the ordinary life of the North Korean individuals she was allowed to have contact through her guided touring experience when she traveled in the country. “Hoping to understand how they could live in such a tough condition, I am interested in the human spirit and what may sustain their way of living.” Says Yoo during the Q + A session after the screening.

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Handling editing and camera duties to the found media footage as her own, Yoo re-contextualized the cold nature of North Korea’s government-mandated image by getting intimate with its ramifications. Yoo digs deep into the paradoxes of North Korea through its own images of the former leader Kim Il-sung and the myth like emotions that the performers was able to put on when singing the wartime song “Nostalgia”. Songs from the North takes on a personal but yet hunting transcendent look at the propaganda in North Korea and function as a cry to the souls of the North Korean people’s condition.

 

Closer Still, A show at Hatch Residency

Friday, April 3, 2015 to Thursday, April 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday. April 3, from 6-9PM

Closer Still considers the reciprocity between form and content, exploring the possibilities of the binary. The symbolic enters the narrative within each artist’s process, bringing two visible aspects to an intermediate point where ambiguity and truth reach a place of both/and – the things seen and those unseen. Through photographic material, and coded representations of familiar imagery, a third hidden term counters dualistic consciousness. New works by the artists’ presented in this exhibition arrive at a site of spatial hyphenation connecting subject and object, rhythm and repetition, and the affect of language and thought as modes of communicative accuracy.

FOLLOW FOCUS: Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK Spring Screening

Saturday, April 4th at 7:00pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.

THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-­length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

The Nightingale will host a total of 4 screenings during the course of the film’s production, each one in a different season and highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film. Admission price at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.

The Spring Screening will include moving image work by cast and crew members of the movie, including work by Stephanie Acosta, and Fannie Sosa & Poussy Draama. Party to celebrate The Nightingale’s 7th birthday to follow the screening.

Special Thanks to HOMEROOM for program support of this event!

To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website. Donations are tax-deductible.
http://theladiesalmanack.tumblr.com/contribute

(In)Voluntary Cacophony: Performance + Closing Reception of EXODUS

Friday, March 20th 6-8PM for (In)Voluntary Cacophony – a night of performance from Alexandria Eregbu and Alfredo Salazar-Caro, and closing reception for EXODUS, currently on view at the Arts Incubator.

This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be provided.

About the exhibition:
Exodus is a two-person exhibition featuring the works of Alexandria Eregbu and Alfredo Salazar-Caro. This first-time collaboration addresses the artists’ personal interpretations of flight, im/migration, and belonging. Through sculpture and architectural objects they tackle the physical and intangible limitations of controlled space, employing materials such as sand, steel, shuttle hurdles, and fencing. Virtual simulation and unconventional installation heighten the viewer’s experience as they visit the gallery.

This exhibition was the winning submission for the Arts + Public Life’s 2015 Exhibition Open Call. It is presented by Arts + Public Life with support from the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

For more information visit:
http://arts.uchicago.edu/arts-public-life/exhibitions/archive/exodus

Unsteady States: Video Data Bank 7th Annual Showcase

On Tuesday March 17th, we are happy to partner with Chicago’s Roots & Culture Gallery, to present a special sneak peak of the VDB new releases program that will be showcased at the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and other festivals this season. Join VDB staff for this free event as we share a few of the most exciting and groundbreaking works that we are distributing this year.

Program Includes:
Frédéric Moffet, Addresse Permanente, 2014, 06:41, Canada/U.S., French, Color, HD video

Jesse McLean, I’m In Pittsburgh and It’s Raining, 2015, 14:00, U.S., Color, HD video

Kent Lambert, RECKONING 3, 2014, 11:14, U.S., Color, HD video

Basma Alsharif, Deep Sleep, 2014, 12:45, Greece/Malta/Palestine, Color, HD video

Louis Henderson, All That Is Solid, 2014, 15:43, France, B&W and Color, HD video

Copyright & Intellectual Property Protections for Artists

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In conjunction with the Chicago Artists Resource video series Survival Guide, this legal workshop will explore the critical issue of intellectual property protections.

Referencing the Erró: American Comics exhibition currently on display at Mana Contemporary Chicago, Patrice Perkins will examine the 2010 lawsuit filed against Icelandic artist Erró by Tank Girl creator Brian Bolland as a case study in the nuances of copyright law for artists. The workshop will introduce participants to the process of identifying and implementing copyright protection needs for their creative practice and other intellectual property issues.

About Patrice Perkins

Patrice Perkins, Principal Attorney at Creative Genius Law, works with organizations who serve creative entrepreneurs to facilitate programming and teaches all legal aspects of starting to build a creative business. http://www.creativegeniuslaw.com

Location

Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 South Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Tickets

$15 | GENERAL PUBLIC

$10 | CAC ARTIST MEMBERS

FREE | BOLT, HATCH AND LAUNCH RESIDENTS & Mana Chicago Artists Coalition (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
**As part of CAC’s partnership with Mana Contemporary, we can ensure that Mana’s core group of artists are able to attend at no cost, just as we do for CAC resident artists (BOLT, HATCH, and LAUNCH).

About Survival Guide

Survival Guide is a video series produced for Chicago Artists Resource that presents the foundational tools that artists of all disciplines can utilize to develop the professional skills necessary for establishing and sustaining a creative business. The free resource features specialists introducing key concepts and strategies in their respective fields: business strategy, financial planning, social media marketing, and legal topics.

http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/survival-guide

Upcoming Media related events

Run of Life Experimental, Documentary Series, Monday, February 16th at 7:00pm, $10, Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

-MCA Screening: Jennifer Reeder, Tuesday, February 16th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

-Conversation at the Edge: Robin Deacon, Thursday, February 18th at 6:00pm, Gene Siskel Film Center

-Direct Object/Direct Action LIVE with ACRE TV, Friday, Feburary 27th at 7:00pm, Threewalls, 119 N Peoria St Suite 2C, North Chicago, Illinois 60607