A group exhibition by HATCH Projects Residents
Noelle Allen, Theodore Darst, Brent Fogt, Jordan Martins, Nicholas Sagan, and Matthew Schlagbaum
Curated by HATCH Curatorial Resident MK Meador
The works in Natural Fallacy delve into the tensions of power and dominance between humans and their natural surroundings. The title of this exhibition is derived from naturalistic fallacy, which is part of a more widely referenced family of logical gaffes such as the red herring, ad hominem and false cause.
One version of the naturalistic fallacy has to do with the erroneous attribution that simply because something is natural or close to nature, it is true. Objects or conditions that possess natural causes or effects are presumed to have more truth, and those which are human-made are seemingly artificial.
The collection of works in this exhibition question this logic through a variety of media – from the vaguely violent forms of Noelle Allen’s sculptural installation, to the collaged camouflage in Jordan Martins’ images, new video work from Theodore Darst, and the swarm of drones in Nicholas Sagan’s installation. Additionally, Matthew Schlagbaum presents a view into a mini-world that could be described as entirely artificially natural. In a similar manner, Brent Fogt’s collaged rain drawings are a hypnotic study of man’s hand at manipulating nature.
In literature and storytelling, there are three paradigms for conflict: human vs. human, human vs. self, and human vs. nature. Each artist addresses the struggle of the latter in their work and taken together, the show serves as a framework for the conflict between human and nature.
Born in Sacramento and now living and working in Chicago, Noelle Allen has exhibited her artwork across the United States and abroad in Italy and Germany. Allen’s art has been positively reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Art Ltd. Magazine, and Chicago Social to name a few, and has had catalogues of her work published by the University of Pennsylvania and Paula Cooper Gallery. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Allen has been awarded a number of grants through Dominican University where she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture, and has been a visiting artist at Indiana Wesleyan University, Mills College, and DePauw University.
Theodore Darst is an artist based in Chicago, IL. His video, prints, and interactive digital environments have been exhibited at numerous venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), 319 Scholes (NYC), bubblebyte.org (online), spamm.fr (online) and the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
Born in Ohio, raised in Texas, and currently based in Chicago, Brent Fogt creates intricate drawings, collages and installations that reference plants, trees and microscopic organisms. Brent’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art in America and the Houston Press and in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art Center. He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Elsewhere Project and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Jordan Martins is a Chicago-based visual artist whose work employs a variety of collage techniques, exploring notions of multiplicity and hybridity with dense compositions. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is now based in Chicago, where he teaches at North Park University.
Through interdisciplinary, new media and traditional art-making processes, Nicholas Sagan’s work explores the connections, parallels and paradoxes that exist between art, science, technology and culture. Some of his more recent experiments deal specifically with installation and performance as mediums through which scientific imagery and data archives can be accessed and aesthetically interpreted. Featured in this show is a recent threads of inquiry that explores the public perception of surveillance in conjunction with the modern theater of war within the context of the airshow. He has exhibited throughout Chicago, Minneapolis/St Paul and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Matthew Schlagbaum is a Chicago based artist who received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from the University of South Florida. He will be participating in upcoming group exhibitions at the DePaul Art Museum and Azimuth in Chicago, as well as a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in Las Vegas, NV.
MK Meador is a writer and curator living in Chicago. After relocating to Chicago in 2007 from her hometown of Nashville, TN, she took up work as a freelance art handler and worked with collections in auction houses, museums and art galleries across the city. As a writer, she contributed to Newcity and Proximity publications before jumping on board as editor for the (now kaput) online arts journal Chicago Art Magazine. In 2012, as the Event Manager for Floating World Gallery, she produced dozens of arts events, including the Unfolding Space installation that received coverage in Time Out Chicago, Curbed Chicago and Gapers Block. As a freelance curator, MK seeks non-traditional project spaces and has curated shows for the Chicago Art Loop Alliance, Chapel Projects and the NALL Foundation.