If you have not seen CEG’s current group show Identify, this is your chance! Stop by to see the works of Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff, and Garth & Peirre as they address current concerns of identity, gender, privacy and classification. Identify will be on view through April 4th.
Through a captivating collection of multi-media works, this exhibit rouses viewers to dig below the surface of mere likenesses and explore identity in light of a range of personal challenges from online privacy issues to shifting definitions of gender. - Elin Spring Photography
Clarissa Bonet is a Chicago based photographer exploring the aspects of urban space in both a physical and psychological context. She mentions in her artist statement she reconstructs “the city as a stage to transform the physical space into a psychological one. The images do not represent a commonality of experience but instead prove a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.”
Clarissa’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with permanent collections at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The South East Museum of Photography, The Haggerty Museum and Twitter. She received the Chicago Individual Artist Grant in 2014 and was listed in PDN’s “30 new and emerging photographers to watch” in 2015.
“The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, an endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me. City Space is a ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it. I am interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body. These photographs reconstruct mundane events in the city that I have personally experienced or witnessed in public. Stark light, deep shadow and muted color are visual strategies I explore to describe the city. I use the city as a stage and transform the physical space into a psychological one. The images I create do not represent a commonality of experience but instead provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.”
Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, known as Garth & Pierre, began working collaboratively in the mid 1980’s after meeting at the Banff Center of Fine Arts Residency. Now based out of Washington State this artistic duo continues to challenge notions of identity, gender politics and domesticity throughout their work.
Garth & Pierre have two photographic installation entitled HEAD(S) 2014 on view in CEG’s current exhibition Identify. Their photographic installations are composed of hundreds of vintage photographs collected from thrift stores, antique shops and their own personal archive of images that they collected for over 25 years. Make sure you stop by and see Identify, running through April 4th!
This installation is a by-product of both Cut-It-Out and Penetrating Cuts, which are scanned images of thousands of photographs and snapshots, both vintage and contemporary. In this project, we have selected to use the cut-out male faces to mount with two-inch bank pins directly into the wall. The display references the historic use photographs for scientific categorization and identification. In this context, we are reflecting on our own social construction and the fluidity of masculinity and how it is presented through portraiture.
Why do artists create the work they make? This question sparked CEG’s Artist Talk series in the summer of 2008.
This Artist Talk features five artists in CEG’s current exhibition, Identify. Artists include Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff and collaborative team Garth & Pierre. Listen as they explore ideas of surveillance, body image and sexuality.
Please stop by and see the work of all five artists on view through April 4th!
Michael Kenna visited Japan for the first time in 1980’s. At this time he was immediately seduced by it’s landscape. Since then, Japan has drawn Michael back numerous times for journeys, treks and to photograph it’s wondrous terrain.
Michael has published his Japan photographs in a number of books including In Japan (2006) and In Japan: New Extended Version (2010). Is Michael printing and preparing for another upcoming book? Take a peek at some of his freshly printed photographs…
I started coming to Japan in the mid-80’s for exhibitions and I photographed Kyoto, Tokyo, and some other accessible cities. I always wanted to travel to the countryside and see how the rest of Japan lived. In 2000, the opportunity came up and I started traveling around Japan. I have visited and photographed in Japan every year since. Initially, I went all over Japan, to Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido. Even down to Okinawa. And then I visited Hokkaido during the winter of 2002. It was amazing. It was a whole other land. A wonderland. It was so abstract. I began to go back and kept returning. It became a passion, almost an addiction or love affair with the land. – Michael Kenna
As a bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg appropriates tools of biomedicine and genomics. Using these tools of science Heather moves between laboratory and studio to explore art as research and critical inquiry.
In Heather’s recent series Stranger Visions she creates 3D resin portraits from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with gum, cigarette butts and hair she extracts DNA and places it through a facial algorithm. The end result is a facial 3D portraits. Select prints from Stranger Visions are currently on view in CEG’s exhibition Identify, running through April 4th.
Once I started working on this project I began noticing “forensic evidence” everywhere I turned. If I collected everything, I noticed I could fill my apartment… -Heather
Heather will also be participating in two exciting upcoming events. Don’t miss her at the New Museum and SXSW!
The New Museum’s VISIBLE / INVISIBLE Symposium. This daylong symposium on March 7th will question how the legacy of identity politics might be reconsidered in light of our present culture, where making oneself visible is de rigueur and yet can also carry threatening connotations: being captured, tracked, or dangerously overexposed. Heather Dewey-Hagborg will be speaking on a panel discussion about “Selfhood, Selflessness, and Selfies: On Being Rendered Visible” from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Check out more information at newmuseum.org!
A growing number of artists are now turning to biotechnology as their medium. In this panel, curators and bioartists will attempt to decipher the themes emerging from this burgeoning genre of art, one that melds with biotech. Check out more information at schedule.sxsw.com!