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Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited Exhibition

Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited is a current exhibition in the Arcade gallery at 618 S Michigan Ave on the 2nd floor until March 15th.  

“Taking its cue from San Francisco-based writer and performer D. Scot Miller’s AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the New BlackMarvelous Freedom: Vigilance of Desire, Revisited is a group exhibition that explores Chicago’s contemporary and emerging artists of color who approach art-making through an Afro-Surrealist lens. Curated by School of the Art Institute of Chicago BFA candidate, Alexandria Eregbu, Marvelous Freedom: Vigilance of Desire, Revisited engages the richness of Chicago’s Surrealist history in order to extend, expand, and re-impose new visions of 21st century Afro-Surrealist aesthetics and cultural concerns, reexamining the first Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, the Surrealist exhibition that took place in Chicago in 1976.” For more information

My colleague Krista Franklin has her handmade paper with hair embedded in it on display.  It is a very teeny tiny sneak peak of what her thesis show will contain. Here are a few pics from the show.  



Work by Krista Franklin


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“Running Thoughts”

For the past 6 months I have been working on my thesis project called “Running Thoughts.”

Running Thoughts” is an interdisciplinary art installation in which commuters on public transportation answer, the question “Why are you going?” I have transformed the material I collected, which includes recordings, interviews, conversations and written surveys, into a layered soundscape that is synced with a motion graphic wall projection and accompanied by a handmade book.  “Running Thoughts” offers an insight into the public and private thoughts of Chicago commuters.  The work will be installed in the Center for Book and Paper Arts gallery on April 26th for six weeks.

When riding public transportation you are in a small public space with strangers. Silence is the norm with small gestures of acknowledgement or avoidance, while meaningful interaction is the exception. However, beneath these spaces there is a primordial soup of humanness: Each of us has our own worries, triumphs, annoyances, jokes and insights that ultimately are similar. I will access them; bring them to the public in a tangible form—and seek to connect the randomness of our passings: those brief moments we inhabit the same physical space and connect the mental space briefly. The aim of my projects is to increase awareness, shed light on our passing thoughts and emphasizing our commonality­—expose the spark of life behind our eyes and form a lasting connection between us all. Ultimately, “Running Thoughts” will reveal a certain aspect of humanity and open a window into our traveling companion’s being.

Here is my first sketch of the installation


Stay tuned for more sneak peeks…

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Helen Frederick and Chris Kallmyer came to Columbia!!!

Toward the end of the semester we had two wonderful visiting artists: Helen Frederick and Chris Kallmyer. They both gave wonderful lectures. Helen spoke about investigating cultural literacy.  She discussed her trip to China where she investigated hand papermaking from two different locations to help her further understand how hand papermaking provides an intersection of cultural values and their effect on economic development.  Chris Kallmyer is a sound artist and makes work by using everyday objects like lawnmowers, sheep, car horns, etc. He explores the processes, customs, and environments through which humans have altered landscape and place. I had the honor to have a studio visit with both artists who gave me wonderful feedback and advice for my up and coming project “Running Thoughts.” If you have never heard of either artists I would highly recommend looking at their work.  



ImageImage of Chris during his lecture. This is when he is discussing his love/hate relationship for technology. 


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Johanna Drucker at Center for Book and Paper Arts Chicago

The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago currently has a solo exhibition of Johanna Drucker’s work on display called Druckworks: 40 years of Books and Projects. If you have not seen it yet it is a must and is up until December 7th on the second floor in 1104 South Wabash.  Last night I had the honor to listen to a lecture she gave here.  Her talk revolved around Writing by Design. Throughout Johanna’s work she continues to consider and think about the space of the page, the book format, and ways to enhance the text.  One can quickly view her book and appreciate the visual aspect of it and a understand a basic narrative but to truly have a full experience with her books one will need to spend a lot of time with them because there are many layers in her books and lots of decoding. She said letterpress printing changed her capacity and thinking for writing.  When she held the physical type, lead, and furniture it opened up a whole new world of design for her.