Closer Still considers the reciprocity between form and content, exploring the possibilities of the binary. The symbolic enters the narrative within each artist’s process, bringing two visible aspects to an intermediate point where ambiguity and truth reach a place of both/and – the things seen and those unseen. Through photographic material, and coded representations of familiar imagery, a third hidden term counters dualistic consciousness. New works by the artists’ presented in this exhibition arrive at a site of spatial hyphenation connecting subject and object, rhythm and repetition, and the affect of language and thought as modes of communicative accuracy.
Born and raised outside of Washington D.C., Kelly Lloyd earned her BA from Oberlin College where she double majored in Studio Art (with Honors) and African-American Studies and minored in Environmental Studies, and is currently in her final year of a 3 year dual M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies and M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing at SAIC. Lloyd has recently presented “Man Artists on Television (and the Sentimental Drawings they Sexily Draw)” at the Midwest Pop Culture/American Culture Association Conference, and “Katie Sokoler, Your Construction Paper Tears Can’t Hide Your Yayoi Kusama Grade Neurotic Underbelly” for The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness panel at the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group. This February, she contributed an essay titled “Cute Camo” for Third Object’s publication accompanying Mossy Cloak at Roots & Culture. Recent exhibitions include Retreat at Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, Baudy at ADDS DONNA, a solo-exhibition at TRUNK SHOW and Ground Floor, the Hyde Park Art Center’s biennial of recent MFA graduates.
Andrew Rosinski is an interdisciplinary artist exploring storytelling and message communication through moving images, visual art, digital art, text, and the internet. Stemming from his interest in traditional narrative formats, his work often researches new forms of storytelling through visual and optical abstraction, rhythm and repetition, patterns and symbolism, text transmissions, color correspondences, and interrelationships of images and sound. His work has exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image, NYC; the Serpentine Gallery Marathon, online/London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Doc Films at the University of Chicago; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; Galeria Ze dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale; bubblebyte.org; the Off and Free Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea; the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media; and at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.
Julie Weber’s practice explores the mutability of photographic materials, investigating how photographs are made, their embedded histories, and their physicality. Utilizing, pushing, and undoing conventional processes behind photographic image making, Weber reconsiders the fundamental aspects of the medium, namely paper, light, and chemicals.
Recent exhibitions include Ground Floor at Hyde Park Art Center and Thesis at Woman Made Gallery. Weber holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BA from Dominican University. She currently teaches at Waubonsee Community College and the Chicago Photography Center, and is the Production Coordinator for Filter Photo.
La Keisha Leek is a writer, arts administrator and curator who graduated with a BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago. Her interests are architecture, race, performance, and site-specific projects investigating the ways bodies and objects offer up themselves, adapt to and negotiate their presence within space. Using exhibitions as a way to do the same with language, she’s contributed texts to The Fifth Dimension at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and groun(d) with avery r. young at the Arts Incubator.
Recent curatorial projects include How to Make A Hood at the Arts Incubator, the 2014 Albert P. Weisman Award exhibition at Columbia College Chicago’s Arcade Gallery, and Another Plan, featuring Vancouver-based artist Guadalupe Martinez at Terrain Exhibitions. She works as an Administrator for the Arts + Public Life Initiative at The University of Chicago and serves on the Steering Committee for The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table 2015.