The Chicago Artists Coalition presents Start Together, a solo exhibition featuring Chicago-based artist Jaclyn Jacunski. This exhibition features the artist’s studio work from her time as a BOLT resident.
Start Together features a labyrinth constructed with lumber and the orange construction fencing that litters Chicago’s West Side. The structure’s form is indebted to Hélio Oiticica’s Penetrables (1961), which expands on the modernist ideals that prioritize color and form as communicative tools.
This project builds on Jacunski’s previous investigations of the fence, a ubiquitous structure that is treated here as a complex symbol for the city and its many contradictions, representing a border between public and private, wealth and poverty. The fence indicates what is built, vacant, or developing, embodying a script for social relations and demarcating zones of ownership and belonging. In Jacunski’s practice, the fence is a useful tool, a framing device for the territory of “the other.” Its linear repetitions confuse our focus, obstruct forms, and manipulate the way we perceive objects and object-relationships.
Prior to the exhibition, Jacunski will send out a newspaper with language that adopts a pedagogical, activist tone, addressing the complex identity of Chicago’s property, power, and politics. Inspired by textual methods of information sharing by feminist collective Riot Grrrl and like-minded activist communities of the 1990’s, these takeaways are meant to extend art and ideas beyond the gallery.