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A Challenge to the Summer Group Show

Eric Wall, 200 Quatrefoils, 2015, hand-cut acetate quatrefoils and marker on cut dry wall, site-specific dimensions
Eric Wall, 200 Quatrefoils, 2015, hand-cut acetate quatrefoils and marker on cut dry wall, site-specific dimensions
A Challenge to the Summer Group Show: BOLT Alumni Exhibition & Dialogue
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 29, 6-9pm

Chicago Artists Coalition is proud to present A Challenge to the Summer Group Show: BOLT Alumni Exhibition & Dialogue, an experimental survey and series of events that directly acknowledges and engages its artists and audiences.

The BOLT gallery will serve as a dynamic space for former Residents to showcase current work and to discuss their artistic development in recent years. The associated events will be a catalyst for dialogue and creating, empowering the public to be an active participant and gain meaningful experiences through direct contact. As BOLT Residency enters its fifth year, the BOLT Alumni Exhibition & Dialogue is a continuation of the CAC’s mission as a site for linking artists and audiences through community, education, and cultural engagement; and demonstrating the lasting significance and reverberating energy of its residency program.

Participating artists: Madeleine Bailey, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Joseph G. Cruz, Azadeh Gholizadeh and Diana Torres, Norman W. Long, Christopher Ottinger, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite, Eric Wall, Stacia Yeapanis

A Challenge to the Summer Group Show: BOLT Alumni Exhibition & Dialogue is curated by Teresa Silva.

All events are free and open to the public.

Associated Events:

Thursday, June 4
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Again, and again, and again, and again: A Roundtable Exploration of the Repetitive Gesture in Art 

Using their own practices as a jumping off point, first-year BOLT Residents Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite and Stacia Yeapanis will host a public roundtable discussion with featured artists, who will share their experience as makers. The discussion will delve into themes such as labor, anxiety, ritual, and routine. A tactile activity and guided meditation will augment the expertise of the featured guests with a phenomenological exploration of the repetitive gesture. 

Featured Artists for Again, and again, and again, and again: A Roundtable Exploration of the Repetitive Gesture in Art:

John Paul Morabito
John Paul Morabito is a Chicago based artist whose work triangulates between masochism, Catholic devotion, and textile labor. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues internationally including the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; the RabbitHoleStudio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and the Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine. Publications include Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine, American Craft Magazine, and Casa e Jardim. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Morabito is a Lecturer in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jean Alexander Frater
Over the last few years, Jean has been focused exclusively on the materials and process of painting.  Her most recent work is involved in ideas about the disruption of repetition and pattern. Jean graduated with a BA in Philosophy, and received her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.   Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Wexner Center for Arts in Columbus, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the Images Festival in Toronto, Possible Project Space in Brooklyn, the Big Screen Project in New York, GuestSpot in Baltimore, the Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, and the Kulturhuset in Stockholm.  Jean was arecipient the Working Artists Grant, 2014; and shortlisted for the Dave Bown Artist Competition: December 2014.  In 2015, Jean’s work will be part of a group exhibition at The Mission Gallery in Chicago; and her paintings and sculptural works, will be in a solo exhibition at The GuestSpot @ The Reinstitute, in Baltimore, Maryland. Jean lives and works with her family in Chicago. 

Jaclyn Jacunski
Jaclyn Jacunski is a printmaker, sculptor, organizer, writer, and teacher whose artistic considers the of productive engagement of vacant spaces, gentrified neighbors and contested landscapes. Her works questions what is present in the land and what has been left behind for communities. The materials from lots, found objects, news articles are used to create new objects that work to be critical of the operations of power and property. She Chicago-based artist earning her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and B.F. A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She has written for the magazine ArtInPrint and was recently highlighted for Chicago Artists Month. She currently works at SAIC's Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, has also taught there along with Harrington College of Design. She has exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Harold Washington College, Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Arts and A + D Gallery. She was an artist in residence at Spudnik Press and the Director of the Chicago Printer’s Guild. 

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Saturday, June 13
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sound Walk in the West Loop

As the final programmatic element to his ‘scapes BOLT exhibition, Norman W. Long will take participants on a sound walk of the West Loop. Long will retrace his field-recording walks in a different season with a decidedly different technology (our ears). A sound walk is a guided or unguided tour where one listens to their environment. We will be mindful of sounds that drift by, come to the forefront, drop in the background, stay with us and fade away. The sounds we listen to become part of our own stories or lives and affect us in a similar way of language. A sound walk is important to our understanding of place and how we define our communities.

Participants will gather outside the front door of the Chicago Artists Coalition, located at 217 North Carpenter Street, at 11 a.m. to commence the tour.

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Monday, June 15
6:00 - 8:00 pm

On the Horizon Line: Panel Discussion

Using the works of Sarah and Joseph Belknap and Joseph G. Cruz in the exhibition as a springboard, curators Steven L. Bridges and Jason Judd will have a conversation with the artists about the notion of the horizon line as a metaphorical and literal thing. The physical horizon as a subjective navigational tool was exposed when the United States sent a captured, WWII German V2 Rocket just over the boundary that is considered space. The V2 Rocket was equipped with a camera that was attached to the nose. The camera captured the curvature of the earth for the first time in history. This milestone did not reveal the horizon as subjective because it exposed the curvature of the earth, nor because it introduced what would be the beginning of a change in perspective to a God’s eye view. It revealed a subjective horizon line. The panel will talk about this paradigm shift in perspective and in experiencing the horizon line, navigation, and images.

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Artist Bios

Madeleine Bailey is an interdisciplinary visual artist and writer based out of New York. Bailey is a faculty member in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Low-Residency MFA Program, and holds an A.B. from Brown University (Providence, RI) and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Exhibition history includes The Chicago Cultural Center; Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France; EiM, Toronto; Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL; Columbia College, Chicago; Julius Ceasar, Chicago; 32-Up, Seattle; The Lab, San Francisco. Her work is included in the following collollections: Brown University, Providence Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France; D&K, Chicago, and her work has been  featured in Time Out Chicago; Chicago Tribune; and ARTSLANT. Bailey has participated in both the ACRE and BOLT residencies, and will attend the Vermont Studio Center Residency in the fall of 2015.

Sarah Belknap (b. 1983) and Joseph Belknap (b. 1979) are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists and educators who received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working in collaboration with each other since 2008, their art has been exhibited at the Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, and Western Exhibitions and Comfort Station, both galleries in Chicago, as well as in artist-run exhibition spaces in Brooklyn, Detroit, and St. Louis. In addition, they have presented performances at institutions throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, and at the MCA. Most recently the Belknaps had a solo show at the MCA as part of the BMO Harris Bank: Chicago Works series.

Joseph G. Cruz is a research-driven artist whose practice is fueled by an enthusiasm towards the History and Philosophy of Science.  His recent work has moved towards a speculative geo-historical form of inquiry, in that; no object, history, or human has priority as an activator in these investigations. Cruz has attended numerous residencies and shown nationally with solo exhibitions at Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago; Comfort Station, Chicago; SUG’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a solo project (representing the BOLT Residency) curated by Dieter Roalstraete at EXPO Art Fair, Chicago. Notable group exhibitions include: Hyde Park Art Center, Illinois; Soap Factory, Minnesota; Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Slought Foundation, Pennsylvania; Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, New York; International Museum of Surgical Science, Illinois ; and the West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, California. Cruz is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a GLOBES Fellow in Environment and Society.    He received his BFA with an emphasis in sculpture and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Azadeh Gholizadeh is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and architect who explores blurred boundaries and definitions of spaces and places not just in the geographical sense, but also in the virtual and physical sense. Her works include paintings and sculptures and has shown in different venues including Houston Fine Art Fair, Chicago Artist Coalition, Women Made Gallery and Soap Factory and also lectured at Siamak Pourzand Foundation. She has received her MA from Iran, Tehran and her MFA from School of the Art Institute in 2012. She was an artist in residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition as a participant of the BOLT residency, which is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Norman W. Long (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is an artist/designer/composer born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. He has exhibited and/or performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments, situations in which the audience and myself are engaged in an open-ended dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape as a complex matrix of systems, communities and networks. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of acoustic-ecology, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique.

Christopher Ottinger is a Chicago based artist and educator. He earned his MFA in Studio Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA at Columbia College Chicago in Film/Video Directing. Ottinger uses various media technologies to envision new histories and alternative uses for technical objects, employing an “object oriented” approach to Media Archaeology. His art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Museum London in Ontario, Canada, UCLA’s CNSI Gallery in collaboration with Patricia Olynyk, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. In 2014, Ottinger was awarded a Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Critical Theory + Creative Research Program. He is currently a lecturer in the department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago.

Diana Torres is an interdisciplinary artist from Colombia whose work explores the feminine body in relation to space, diaspora and language. Her works include mixed media animation, illustration and sound. Her work has been screened or exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as Overture and Art Basel Miami (in collaboration with (art)n Laboratories), Art Sydney and XIV Bosnia Interbifep International Bienal Frestival among others.Torres earned her MFA in Film Video and New Media and her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite is a Chicago based visual and teaching artist whose work explores the relationship between personal identity and legacy.  Her practice is a hybrid of studio time and arts educating, always seeking tocreate experiential encounters and learning opportunities for her students, her viewers and herself.  She works in various media (watercolor/ink, hand written text, projections and sculptural objects), incorporating stories, objects, memories and elements from her surrounding landscape. Recent exhibitions include Front & Center (Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago), 9th Measure (Bolt Project Space, Chicago), Exchange, (Public Pool, Detroit). Collaborations include a public art action in Kassel, Germany during documenta13 (, and an artist book in the traveling Love Library installation ( In addition, she has created a number of public art commissions and been the recipient of several grants from the City of Chicago.  Her work was selected to promote the New York and Boston Marathons for four consecutive years and she has pieces in several private and corporate collections. Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute. 

Eric Wall's works are generally an exploration of textile like materials that encompass a wide variety of subject matters including empty interiors, architecture, as well as formal issues like space, pattern, and the nature of painting. Often they are cropped, cut, fold, pierced, stitched, sanded and manipulated, these works refer to many of painting's most long running concerns - genre and narrative, pictorial space and illusion, and color and texture. Eric continues to participate in the dialogue of Western painting while being fully conscience of the issues in the contemporary practices.

Born 1979, Eric Wall is an American/Swedish artist currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has exhibited in the US, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. His one person exhibitions include shows at the Bolt Project Space, Chicago, Villavägen Sju Galleri, Sweden, ISM gallery, Denver, and Colorado State University. His work has also been included in exhibitions at the Westwerk, Hamburg Germany, Cave Gallery, Detroit, Shoot the Lobster, New York, Lill Street Art Center, the Hyde Park Art Center and The Built Festival, Chicago, Galleri Ett Annex and Galleri Linne in Sweden, the Space Gallery, Assembly Art Space and The Den Gallery in Denver, Jack Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University Directions Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Fort Collins in Fort Collins, Colorado. His work has been covered in The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago, Kulturstan Sweden, Detroit Free Press, and Matter Journal. He is currently represented by Artfetch in Dublin.

Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. She received a BA in German from Oberlin College (1999) and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006), where she currently is an instructor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. Stacia conducts weekly interviews with artists for the OtherPeoplesPixels Featured Artist blog. Her work is included in both the rotating Midwest Photographers Collection and the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, as well as various private collections. She was a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Mentor-in-Residence at Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency.

Yeapanis' first monograph was co-published in the Spring of 2009 by Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography. Exhibitions include Losing Yourself in the 21st Century (Atlanta and Baltimore), MP3(Chicago), Everybody Hurts (Chicago), Please Stand By: Stacia Yeapanis + Readymade (New York) and Over and Over Again (Chicago). Recent solo exhibitions include I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (2013) at Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan), Everything You Need is Already Here (2014) at Heaven Gallery, When Things Fall Apart (2014) in the Annex Gallery at Lillstreet Art Center, as well as Here|Now (2014), a two-person exhibition at Design Cloud.

Curator Bio

Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies with the Chicago Artists Coalition, and a Curatorial Fellow with Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival for 2015.