The Dissemination of Blind Light looks to the concepts of retreating and revealability. Light, as subject and a point of departure, sets the tone for each artist’s work and their sense of agency towards navigating the public and private.
In their works - that range from painting to a pop-up parlor show - these ideas and forms take shape through the exposure of their artistic processes, the instigation of boundaries, by the retelling and reimagining of histories, and by engaging social innuendos and cultural signifiers. New and recent works by HATCH artists-in-residence Stevie Hanley, Kelly Lloyd, Esau McGhee, Andrew Rosinski, Hui-min Tsen and Julie Weber enter in a conversation with one another, representing a breadth of entry points on the ever-present interrogation of the ambiguity of public and private space.
The Dissemination of Blind Light is curated by La Keisha Leek.
Night of Readings & Performance
Wednesday, December 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Chicago Artists Coalition
Artists, curators, and writers read in response to work presented in The Dissemination of Blind Light, with texts from Kayla Anderson, Marcela Andrade, Matthew Coleman, Kelly Kaczynski, Esau McGhee, and Jaxon Pallas, followed by a peformance by Stevie Hanley.
Stevie Hanley If height is power, what is baseness? What happens when the base is elevated or venerated? Architecture’s relation to affect has been a deep concern of my practice. The peripheral, yet structurally necessary space of the corner has served as a key site for working through overlapping concerns with punishment/ shame (standing in the corner) and religious ritual. I regard my studio as 'The Pervert Kitchen', taking permission and pleasure in a practice of sculptural and material investigations in concert with the task of representation, aiming to harness the experiences of shame as an energy of revolt, reclaiming sites previously associated with a sense of violation or misuse as new forms of veneration.
Stevie Hanley has exhibited extensively in Berlin where he lived for six years, notably at September Gallery, Kunsthaus Bethanien, The Center for Endless Progress, and the Schwules Museum. Hanley has also exhibited in Istanbul (Artist Fair Tüyup, 2009 and 2010), Jerusalem (Artist House Jerusalem 2012), New York City (La Mama Galeria, 2013), and Chicago (Flat Space 2014), with recent shows in Mexico City (Lodos Contemporary) and Chicago (Julius Caesar).
Kelly Lloyd earned her M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing and M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, and her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2008. Lloyd has recently presented “Man Artists on Television (and the Sentimental Drawings they Sexily Draw)” at Kavi Gupta Editions and has contributed essays for the publications accompanying LIVE TO TAPE ARTIST TELEVISION FESTIVAL and Third Object's Mossy Cloak at Roots & Culture. Recent exhibitions include a two person exhibition with Alex Bradley Cohen at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Retreat at Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, a solo-exhibition at TRUNK SHOW and Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center. Recently named one of Newcity’s Breakout Artists of 2015, Lloyd is currently an Artist-In-Residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition and Studio 3325.
Esau McGhee uses collage, photography, sculptural elements and installation to investigate class and social constructs. His work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. McGhee earned his MFA from Northwestern University in 2013 and now works fulltime in his studio practice on the West Side of Chicago.
Andrew Rosinski (b. 1987, Traverse City, Michigan, USA), is a visual artist, curator, and writer who received his BA from Columbia College in Film & Video with a concentration in post-production and documentary & ethnographic film. In 2009, he founded Dinca, a contemporary visual arts blog surveying the most noteworthy & innovative artworks that exist in physical, digital, & time-based spaces. In 2012, he founded Vision Quest, a contemporary moving image & media arts festival. In 2014, he was awarded a Propeller Grant, a program by the Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts as part of its initiative to promote informal and independently organized visual arts activities across the United States. His artwork — moving image, painting & drawing, sculpture & objects, text, digital media — has exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image, NYC; the Serpentine Gallery Marathon, London/Internet; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Doc Films at the University of Chicago; Threewalls’ 12th Annual Gala; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; Galeria Ze dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale;bubblebyte.org; the Off and Free Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea; the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media; and at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. He currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, where he is an artist in residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition and resident participating in the Propeller Fund Pilot Program Studio Residency at Mana Contemporary Chicago.
Hui-min Tsen Through a series of projects ranging from boat-building to walking tours, Hui-min Tsen explores the act of exploration itself with an emphasis on the individual's everyday relationship with place, wonder, and the unknown. Exhibitions and publications include the Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, MDW Fair, and Proximity Magazine. Her book, “The Pedway of Today,” was published by Green Lantern Press in 2013. She received a BFA in photography from Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently teaches photography and video in Chicago.
Julie Weber’s practice explores the mutability of photographic materials, investigating how photographs are made, their embedded histories, and their physicality. Utilizing, pushing, and undoing conventional processes behind photographic image making, Weber reconsiders the fundamental aspects of the medium, namely paper, light, and chemicals.
Recent exhibitions include Ground Floor at Hyde Park Art Center and Thesis at Woman Made Gallery. Weber holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BA from Dominican University. She currently teaches at Waubonsee Community College and the Chicago Photography Center, and is the Production Coordinator for Filter Photo.
La Keisha Leek is a writer, arts administrator and curator who graduated with a BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago. Her interests are architecture, race, performance, and site-specific projects investigating the ways bodies and objects offer up themselves, adapt to and negotiate their presence within space. Using exhibitions as a way to do the same with language, she’s contributed texts to The Fifth Dimension at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and groun(d) with avery r. young at the Arts Incubator.
Recent curatorial projects include How to Make A Hood at the Arts Incubator, the 2014 Albert P. Weisman Award exhibition at Columbia College Chicago's Arcade Gallery, and Another Plan, featuring Vancouver-based artist Guadalupe Martinez at Terrain Exhibitions. She works as an Administrator for the Arts + Public Life Initiative at The University of Chicago and serves on the Steering Committee for The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table 2015.