This project was created for The Jane Addams Hull House Museum’s exhibit, Unfinished Business: Right To Play in conjunction with Prison + Neighborhood arts Project (PNAP). I taught a semester with PNAP at Stateville Correctional Center orchestrating/creating this piece. Rob Shaw animated the drawings, I made the soundtrack. 11 incarcerated artists from Stateville were asked to draw 100 frames of animation using tracing paper and pencil based on their thoughts on freedom and time. These vignettes are the results of their explorations.
This is work from my first show in 2010.
The Invisible City was a joint show by architect/furniture designer Eve Fineman and artist Damon Locks, both showing individual bodies of new work. Though different in medium and expression, the work that they do ideologically crosses over in many ways.
This project was created through a collaboration of CUP, myself and Domestic Workers United. I did the artwork for this. Karolina Lach did the type. CUP and DWU did all of the content, overseeing and distribution. Making Policy Public is a project that CUP created and has been spearheading for many years. Thank you Christine and Mark for letting me be a part of it. The unfolded poster side includes the rights in five languages – English, Spanish, Hatian Kreyole, Nepali, and Tagalog.
It can be purchased here.
In the summer of 2010, I came up with a way to ensure that I would not succumb to stagnation and would continue to produce art during its dog days. I asked several artist to promise to make five, one color (black) screen prints each. Accountability to other artists would ensure that each artist would have to figure out how to make it happen. The results of that challenge produced the first Desaturate show made up of work from seven people.
Participating artist Derrick Buisch spearheaded the continuation of the project ushering in Desaturate 2 in 2013, in which two additional artist participated. I did five images but only liked three of them.
The show was made up of a series of MOOD pieces. Even in their absence, it could be said the subject matter still revolves around people but now the lens focuses on their reverberations. A recent viewing of Jean Painlevé’s microscopic look at undersea life brought to mind otherworldly landscapes and inspired the more textural approach to this series.
The Sun Ra/ El Saturn archive contains over 700 hours of recorded material left behind by Sun Ra and his Chicago-based manager Alton Abraham. I was commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio to create pieces in response to this archive. An animated video piece was also made collaborating with Terri Kapsalis, Wayne Montana and Rob Shaw.
This exhibition’s provocative title is taken from a recollection of a prophetic dream experienced by President Abraham Lincoln on the day of his assassination. Recalling his dream from the previous night, during what was to be his last cabinet meeting, he spoke these words describing the sensation the dream had given him. Do we find our nation’s course today, “moving rapidly toward an indistinct shore?” Do we have the power to change our course as a consumer driven, racially and economically divided nation, beset by the costs of war, or are we dutifully, yet unknowingly, manning a rudder stuck in place.
Chicago based artists; Christine Tarkowski & Jon Langford also had work in this show.