Surface vs. Sap
By Lauren Carter and Nico Gardner
In their first collaboration together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Surface vs. Sap addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects.
Ordinary household possessions become intertwined in a person’s daily life as symbolic evidence of a sense of selfhood and identity. These metaphors are employed in this exhibition to explore the universal relationship between people and objects. The artists' use of found or purchased items is a starting point to explore themes that ultimately result in a collaboration of both material culture and making. Riffing off of each other's frequencies and disrupting their respective practices, the artists create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.
Lauren Carter (b. 1982) holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of New Mexico and a BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Painting and Metalwork.
Primarily working in mixed media sculpture and installations, she often includes found objects and personal items that are synonymous with loss, vulnerability, and sentimentality.
Carter is a native of south Louisiana and presently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where she is a teaching artist at Marwen.
Selected exhibitions include: Front and Center: The Language of Furniture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL; Pins and Needles,Slayergallery.com; Personal is Political, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA, Rendezvous, Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Suddenly Plastic, Chicago Artists’ Coalition; Iffy Conditions, GAG Gallery, Chicago; pre/proscribed. Gallery AC, Albuquerque, NM.
Nico Gardner is a Japanese-American interdisciplinary designer, maker and critical thinker. He holds an MFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA in Fine Arts, and a BA in Art History, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and acquired by both public institutions and private collections. Nico is core-faculty in the Textiles Department at Lillstreet Art Center and a Teaching Artist at Hyde Park Art Center.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 31, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: March 31 - April 29, 2018
Viewing Hours: Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, from 1:30 - 4:00 PM.
March Exhibition 2018
Can cacti fall in love, or batatas trace their slips?
By Phoebe Chin
The ways in which we try to understand nature are very curious. A reproducing plant is called a parent; a pair of cacti, displayed intimately next to each other, become lovers. With a selection of installations, Chin hopes to draw an attention to the peculiarities in how we interpret and appreciate the natural world –– of how we anthropomorphize, hypothesize, abstract and create stories in order to form knowledge about the non-human.
Phoebe Chin, b. 1996, was born and raised in Singapore, and is currently pursuing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: March 3 - 25, 2018
Viewing Hours: Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1:30 - 4:00 PM.
2018 List of Artists
January and February - Jarad Solomon
March - Phoebe Chin
April - Lauren Carter & Nico Gardner
July - Devin Balara
August - Luis Mejico and Marie Baldwin
September - Alberto Aguilar & Alex Bradley Cohen
October - Sarah Reynolds & Fuyumi Murata
November - Amadeo Morelos
December - Liam O'Connor
2017 List of Artists
January and February - John Clark and Taylor Holloway
March - ACRE partner gallery show featuring Sae Jun Kim
April - Cassie Tompkins
July - Anna Nelson and Yhelena Hall
August - Cathy Hsiao and Kaveri Raina
September - Logan Square Historic Photo Show and Jillian Hansen-Lewis
October - Lucky Pierre
November - Daniel Hojnacki
December - Curated by Ben Fuqua - Work by Zeyi Li, Miri Phelps, and Patrick Wilkins
2016 List of Artists
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