Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Secular Studies, a HATCH Projects exhibition of new works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo.
In their works, each artist considers the multiple ways that the politics and power of display intersect in popular culture production. Inspired by community, Acierto interrogates national propaganda and representations of social media activism through sound and performance. Anderson takes catalog images of model homes and manipulates them through video and props to lay bare the latent desires and class anxiety embedded in the idealized material culture of domestic spaces. Aschman stages partially veiled bodies that perform constructs of femininity and personal identity. Bach conducts ensemble-based music performances negotiating expectations of the performer and audience in public space. Taking cue from Hottentot Venus Sarah Baartman, Bogin explores the allure, agency, and exploitation of female anatomy through iatromathematics. Yoo reenacts through video the Detroit, City on the Move Olympic bid, promoting migration and tourism to a desolate Detroit.
Secular Studies surveys a range of artistic strategies and interests in 19th and 20th century visual culture and its influence on social behavioral trends online and in real life. Secular Studies is curated by Sadie Woods.
You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, March 4 from 6 - 9pm, featuring durational performances by participating artists Alejandro T. Acierto and LeRoy Bach.
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician working in time-based media. He has exhibited his work at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Salisbury University, SOMArts and presented performance works at the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Acierto has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, and Chicago Artists' Coalition. He is currently a FT/FN/FG Consortium Fellow, a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center, and teaches at UIC and Truman College. Acierto received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, a MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago, is a recipient of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music, and founding member of contemporary chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente in Chicago.
Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer based in Chicago, IL. Using a playful approach to methods of excavation, her work engages with cultural artifacts of the past in order to propose parallel worlds. Her work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and abroad including Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe; West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival; Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota; Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography; Grey Projects, Tiong Bahru, Singapore; Nối Projects, Hanoi, Vietnam; Johalla Projects, Tritriangle, Woman Made Gallery, The Nightingale Cinema, and Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her writing has been published by Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), The Royal College of Art, and MU Art Space, Eindhoven (NL), and presented at SIGGRAPH 2014 & 2015, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the UCSB, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is a 2015 Visual Arts Fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation and has been an artist in residence at ACRE, WI, Elsewhere, NC, and the Chicago Artists' Coalition. She received her BFA and her BA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 with a thesis on the intersections of object-oriented ontology and media art. In her spare time, she organizes a monthly critique group for feminist media makers called Media Grrrl and co-runs an apartment gallery called May 2000.
Ali Aschman constructs poetic narratives through a combination of moving and still images, objects and sculptural installations. Her work has been exhibited at Northwestern University, Hyde Park Art Center, Spudnik Press, Flux Factory and Space 1026, among others, and she has screened her animations at film festivals around the world including Athens International Film and Video Festival, Holland Animation Film Festival, Taos Shortz Film Festival, CutOut Fest and Animasivo. Aschman has held residencies at ACRE, Elsewhere, the Rensing Center, the League Residency at Vyt, participated in the 2015 Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center and is a 2014 Luminarts Visual Arts Fellow. Aschman earned a BA from the University of Cape Town and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
LeRoy Bach is a musician, composer, instigator. His practice includes site-specific presentations, live-music installations, public meditations, and the development of a personal musical poetics. Bach performs the role of the musician to push beyond social expectations- renegotiating sound, space, and the relationship between the audience and performer. Bach was a 2013 Arts+Public Life artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago, and a 2014 artist-in-residence at both The Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Artist Program. In 2014/15 Bach was in residence at the Smart Museum, working with the museum’s permanent sculpture collection. Through a 2015 commission by the Arts Club of Chicago, Bach recently presented a durational performance piece in response to the work of Pedro Cabrita Reis. Bach has also worked extensively with Theaster Gates, Wilco, and he maintains an ongoing collaboration with Tortoise member Dan Bitney.
Blair Bogin is an interdisciplinary artist living in Chicago. She generates documentary-based hybrids of writing, performance, photo and video that imposes poetic humor into topics of Western esotericism. She earned a BA from Indiana University Bloomington and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is founder and host of Wax Long, a full moon performance event in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, she conducts Circle for Square, a pop-up community art space at the Logan Square Farmers Market. She is a William Merchant R. French Fellowship recipient, a 2015 Edes Foundation Fellowship Nominee and a recent artist-in-residence at HATCH Projects, ACRE, Elsewhere Museum, Ox-Bow, Platte Forum Colorado, Spread Art Detroit & Hub14 Performance in Toronto.
Hyounsang Yoo explores relationships between history and the production of idealized realities using photography, video, installation, and sculpture. Yoo references image production and memory as a strategy to recontextualize cultural histories, globalized mass media messaging, and outline socio-political landscapes of consumer markets. Yoo has exhibited in the New York Bridge Art Fair, EXPO Chicago, Netherlands Drents Museum Assen, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among others. He has received several awards including the Snider Prize Museum of Contemporary Photography, International Photography Awards, PhotoSpiva, and Korea’s Selected Artists Belt. Yoo received his BFA and MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, where he is an instructor in the Contemporary Practice and Photography departments.
Sadie Woods earned her BA in music at Columbia College. She participated in Ecole du Magasin’s international curatorial program in France, received a Visual Arts Certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School, and has exhibited work at Ballroom Projects, the City of Chicago, Experimental Sound Studio, Hyde Park Art Center, and Sector 2337. Woods has performed nationally and internationally as a deejay for cultural institutions and tastemakers, including: 3Arts, 6018North at EXPO, Alliance of Artist Communities, Audience Architects, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Public Art group, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Magasin-CNAC, Make Music Chicago, Marwen, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, Ragdale Foundation, Rebuild Foundation, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and the School of the Art Institute while holding residencies throughout Chicago. Woods is a 2014-15 HATCH Projects resident curator and is currently pursuing her MFA (2016) in Sound at the School of the Art Institute. Her practice includes exhibition making, sound design, and participation in collaborations within communities of difference.