Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Being, enough, a group exhibition featuring HATCH Projects Residents Austen Brown, Alex Calhoun, Jon Chambers, Jeremiah Jones, Bobbi Meier, and Marina Miliou-Theocharaki.
Being, enough embraces paradoxes and potential states of collision or convergence throughout the exhibition space. The six exhibiting artists work across a range of media, creating states of unrest, places of play, and moments of healing and dreaming. There is an elasticity to the conceptual dialogues of each artist’s work that creates a vast field for in-depth questioning and reflection. How is one present in virtual space? How does one physically represent absence? How does one harbor and heal from trauma? If a question is posed, it seems logical to try to answer it, creating a succinct conclusion. But, this exhibition asks us to resist looking for the answer and find the expansiveness that stirs when living within the question itself, where “being” is enough, and “enough” is unquenchable.
Being, enough is curated by Kate Pollasch.
Austen Brown is an artist living in Chicago, IL holding his Master of Fine Arts from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. Using geography and a site-based practice, he works with sound, video, and installation to draw conceptual lines between sites, exploring the relationships of people to place. His work has been shown internationally at Super-Sensor, Madrid, Spain; EXPO Chicago, IL; ACRE, Chicago, IL; Switched on Garden with funding from the Pew Charitable Trust, Philadelphia, PA; Flat Gallery, Chicago, IL; LODGE, Chicago, IL; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. In 2014, he was an artist-in-residence at ACRE and has received awards including the Municipal Arts League Fellowship, Siragusa Foundation Fellowship, and New Artist Society Scholarship (SAIC).
Alex Calhoun is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL, where she received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Chicago. Alex is primarily concerned with material histories and function, continually placing pressure on the relationships between historical forms and contemporary materials. These investigations hinge on and derive meaning from the phenomenon of vision. Often incorporating humor into her practice, she believes that there’s something really serious about that which makes us laugh.
Jon Chambers received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown nationally and internationally, in screening venues, galleries, and online. His work focuses on experiences of saturation, obsessions, and contradictions that emerge from our psychological and physiological relationships with technology. He uses various mediums ranging from immersive installations generated from live user data, to 3D body scans and interactions with the internet. Playful or humorous themes are frequently used to explore the endearing feelings we have for our digital objects and virtual lives.
Jeremiah Jones is an artist, ex-con, post-activist, anarchist, now posing as posh-dandy engaged in precarious sojourns. He creates installations and videos that explore the complex histories, landscapes, and relationships that form our world. His process includes research, field production, and found images to create complex works that bring to bear contemporary systems and mythologies, incorporating seductive and beautiful formal experiments utilizing projected light and sound. He holds a B.A. from the Evergreen State College, and an M.F.A. from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Tacoma Art Museum, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as numerous independent art spaces and private collections in LA, New York, Chicago, and internationally.
Bobbi Meier is a Chicago-based visual artist. She creates fiber-based sculpture, installations, drawings, and photographs, exploring themes of sensuality, emotional struggle and loss. Subversion, ambiguity, and humor are considerations as she encourages the psychological impulse to see implications of the body in her abstract forms. Thrifted furniture and found materials are selected for their seductive qualities and are shrouded, stuffed and stretched into anthropomorphic objects. Recent exhibitions include: Exhaustion and Exuberance at Chicago Artists Coalition, Perspiration Glitz at Roots and Culture, Chicago; Evanston Art Center 24th Biennial, Evanston, IL; The Second Terrain Biennial, Oak Park, IL; The Tyranny of Good Taste at Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; Bare Bones at The Franklin, Chicago. She has been awarded residencies at: The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson,VT; Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL; Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI; and was a fellow at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO. She is currently a Hatch Projects Resident at Chicago Artists Coalition. Meier earned her MA in Art Education in 2000, and MFA in Fiber and Material Studies in 2011 at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born in Athens, Greece, Marina Miliou Theocharaki is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who drifts between Athens, Greece and Chicago, IL. In her practice, definitions of cultural identity are silently confronted. Miliou Theocharaki orients herself around fluid definitions of the body and its archaeology within prescribed spaces. How is a body defined, materialized, conceptualized, restructured, and preserved. Spatial inquiries within socio-politically charged geographies push her to delicately investigate material and compositional arrangements of distance, borders, and non-belonging. Her work has been exhibited in venues including Vienna Ballhaus, Vienna, Austria; Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL; Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL; the Comfort Station Logan Square, Chicago, IL; the Den Theater, Chicago, IL; Dfbrl8tr Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, IL; Home Theater Festival, Chicago, IL; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Fancy House Gallery, Chicago, IL; the group exhibition Words we Live By, curated by Molar Productions; as well as the Cook County Jail, Chicago, IL. Miliou Theocharaki is co-founder of the quarterly online curatorial platform Tamaas / تماس / επαφή (www.tamaasjournal.com). She is a 2016 Hatch Resident at Chicago Artists Coalition and used to be a member of the performance group Collective Cleaners (CC). The CC performed in various venues including the MCA Chicago and the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum. Miliou Theocharaki was awarded the 2015 BFA/Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the 2014 George Roeder Undergraduate Award in Visual & Critical Studies. She used to hold a position as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University and currently works in facilitating in the documenta14 production, which in 2017 will take place in Kassel, Germany as well as Athens, Greece.
Kate Pollasch is an art historian, curator, and writer.
Her curatorial practice interrogates preexisting notions of history and normativity through queer tactics, network theory, archival studies, and considerations of affect and digital pedagogy. In 2012, she curated the exhibition “Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story” of Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown’s artistic relationship to HIV, sexuality, mortality, and Chicago’s gay leather community. The exhibition unearthed previously censored artworks and archival materials from Brown’s career and resulted in Brown’s induction into the Visual AIDS Artist Registry.
Pollasch holds a MA in Modern art History and Theory and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. Kate is the Director of Collections and Curation at the University Club of Chicago and she has held positions with The American Visionary Art Museum, The Art institute of Chicago, the Roger Brown House Museum, Sullivan Galleries, and most recently Rhona Hoffman Gallery. She has lectured at The Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The University of Chicago and is a contributing writer for New City, The Seen, and Elite Daily.