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HATCH Projects

Topography of Knowing

Nina Barnett
Nina Barnett, "Ballast, Bergen", 2013, photographic print, 26 x 40 inches
Friday, September 26, 2014 to Thursday, October 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 26, from 6–9pm

At this moment of unparalleled flattening of the space and time in which our lives are led, we are experiencing a collective, frenetic re-organizing, re-mapping, and re-considering the world and our place within it. 

In Topography of Knowing, HATCH Projects Residency artists Mara Baker, Nina Barnett, and Cherith Lundin consider timeless questions from within a markedly shifting paradigm of perception. How do we define place, and how do we locate ourselves within a place? In this exhibition, Baker, Barnett, and Lundin exploit the inherent subjectivity of knowing––often attached to static notions of place, even as the ground falls away beneath us.

Incorporating a combination of site-specific elements and works transplanted into the gallery space, the artists propose varied ways of seeing, of knowing, and of imagining place. Through a deliberately slowed process of investigation and play, Barnett seeks connections among geographical, material, and experiential ways of knowing a site, probing the relationship between the theoretical, the planned, and the accidental. Baker utilizes found materials often culled from alternative raw spaces such as repurposed factories and homes and, recycled by-products of her studio practice, to construct site-responsive, materially-charged installations. Lundin extracts moments of fluidity from within familiar interior spaces, condensing seeming dichotomies such as inside/outside,  figure/ground, proximity/distance into a continuous, uncanny dance of knowing and not knowing.

Curated by Jeannette Tremblay


Mara Baker is a Chicago based artist working in drawing and installation. Recent exhibitions include: Two Forward, One Back at 65 Grand (Chicago IL),  Interstice, curated by Rachel Adams and Rob Greene at 308 at 156 Project Art Space (New York, NY), and The Tyranny of Good Taste, curated by Danny Orendorff at Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College (Chicago, IL)- an exhibition which travelled to La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO. Other exhibitions include Just Like All Those Times Tomorrow at SideCar Gallery, Hammond, IN (2013), and Two Histories of the World curated by Karsten Lund at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (2012). Baker has been featured by Art21 Magazine, ArtSlant, Bad At Sports, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, Newcity, Huffington Post and Sixty Inches From Center. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007 and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She teaches Foundations and Drawing at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Nina Barnett is a South African currently living in Chicago. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her BFA from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She has exhibited her work locally and abroad - notably at Gallery 400 and Heaven Gallery in Chicago, David Krut Gallery and Harvestworks in New York, KNIPSU in Bergen, Norway and at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Notable residencies include the Cite des Arts in Paris; AIR in Bergen, Norway; PROGR in Bern, Switzerland and Summer Forum, Joshua Tree. 

Cherith Lundin grew up in Germany and received an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (‘00) and a BA from Wheaton College (’96). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Soap Factory, MN; Redux Contemporary Art, SC; Midwest Center for Photography, KS; Manifest Creative Research Gallery, OH; South Bend Museum of Art, IN; Fitchburg Art Museum, MA; and Galeriehaus Nord in Nürnberg, Germany. Lundin has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, and Indiana Arts Commission. She has taught painting and drawing at colleges and universities throughout the United States and currently lives in Chicago, IL.

Jeannette Tremblay is an arts educator, administrator, and curator, with a background in painting and a budding quiltmaking practice. Her current research focuses on the historical, legal, and cultural constructions of racial whiteness in America and critical interrogations of whiteness in contemporary art. She works as the School and Studio Manager at Hyde Park Art Center and Adjunct Lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. Tremblay holds an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; an MS Ed in Urban Special Education from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY; and a BA in Fine Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.