January 8 - 31, 2015
Michael Iauch is a performance artist living in Queens, NY. His projects use public intervention, documentary, and storytelling to weave diaristic narratives into the ageing tropes of Americana such as the road, the cowboy, and the spiritual return to nature. Michael was the recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund grant for his performance Cover Songs in which he hitchhiked across America using lyrics from rock n’ roll songs drawn onto blankets as signs to catch rides with. He received an MFA from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (2013) and has presented his work at High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree), ABC No Rio (New York), and FalseFront (Portland).
Deborah Stratman's video depicts obscure images foreshadowing a looming yet unclear collapse. Incorporated into images of destruction are scenes of decoding of the landscape. This film was made with film from the Chicago Film Archives collection and in collaboration with composer Olivia Block.
Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and the very human struggles for power and control that are played out on the land. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial (New York, NY), Museum of Modern Ary (New York,NY), Centre national d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Hammer Museum (Los Angelos, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA).
November 6 - 29, 2014
Claire L Evans
How We Get Ready Now
Claire L. Evans’ film, How We Get Ready Now, focuses on the women of science fiction, lifted from their pop-culture context and reimagined in an virtually empty space. Evans references the ways in which science fictions films feature women in a predominately male world. In Total Recall, a woman paints her nails and in The Fifth Element, makeup is applied in automatic flashes. In How We Get Ready Now, Evans recreates these moments in detail, giving primacy to the female in a traditionally male form.
Claire L. Evans is a writer and artist working in Los Angeles, California. She is a co-author of the conceptual pop group YACHT. A science journalist and science-fiction editor, she worked as editor-in-chief of the relaunched OMNI Magazine and is currently Futures Editor of Motherboard. Evans’ work is primarily concerned with how speculative visions of the future inform our lives in the present.
December 4, 2014 - Januray 3, 2015
Like A Virgin (In the Style of Nabokov)
Jennifer Sullivan’s video, Like A Virgin (In the Style of Nabokov) adopts a karaoke format, projecting the lyrics to Madonna’s 1984 hit song over film shot and directed by the artist. In pairing this iconic pop song with scenes depicting mundane urban scenery, a loosely choreographed dance routine and a woman reading Nabokov’s Lolita. Sullivan utilizes an unsettling but humorous narrative to question the hyper-sexualization of young women in both high and pop culture.
Jennifer Sullivan is a New York based interdisciplinary artist who describes her artistic process as “cathartic and improvisational karaoke.” Recent exhibitions include 247365 (Brooklyn, NY), Greene Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), CKTV at the 9th Shanghai Bienniale (Shanghai, China), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA) and Arthouse (Austin, TX).