The Chicago Artists Coalition presents Start Together, a solo exhibition featuring Chicago-based artist Jaclyn Jacunski. This exhibition features the artist’s studio work from her time as a BOLT resident.
Start Together features a labyrinth constructed with lumber and the orange construction fencing that litters Chicago’s West Side. The structure’s form is indebted to Hélio Oiticica’s Penetrables (1961), which expands on the modernist ideals that prioritize color and form as communicative tools.
This project builds on Jacunski’s previous investigations of the fence, a ubiquitous structure that is treated here as a complex symbol for the city and its many contradictions, representing a border between public and private, wealth and poverty. The fence indicates what is built, vacant, or developing, embodying a script for social relations and demarcating zones of ownership and belonging. In Jacunski’s practice, the fence is a useful tool, a framing device for the territory of “the other.” Its linear repetitions confuse our focus, obstruct forms, and manipulate the way we perceive objects and object-relationships.
Prior to the exhibition, Jacunski will send out a newspaper with language that adopts a pedagogical, activist tone, addressing the complex identity of Chicago’s property, power, and politics. Inspired by textual methods of information sharing by feminist collective Riot Grrrl and like-minded activist communities of the 1990’s, these takeaways are meant to extend art and ideas beyond the gallery.
Jaclyn Jacunski is a Chicago-based artist and has recently completed the BOLT Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition. Her works takes on various formats from printmaking, installation, and sculpture that are tied around themes of community and its boundaries. She has M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and B.F. A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has taught at SAIC and Harrington College of. She worked for many years as an assistant to the master printers at Tandem Press in Madison, WI along with local artists/professors Joan Livingstone, Michael Miller, Jeanine Coupe Ryding and Mary Jane Jacob. Her artwork draws from protests and acts of resistance in local communities and how one discovers a more equitable, interesting life. Currently, she thinks about how these things manifest in signs in the landscape, and media, while paying attention to how an individual’s voice is revealed out in the world in relation to mass culture and powerful systems. She currently works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, working to promote artist led research and culture.