Opening Sunday, July 15th, from 2PM - 4PM
On view through Sunday, July 15th
In Conversation: Gina Hunt and Kendra Paitz +
Performance: Chin-Ting Huang
Sunday, July 15 at 2pm
The Franklin is pleased to present a conversation between artist Gina Hunt and curator Kendra Paitz on Sunday, July 15 at 2pm. This event is organized in conjunction with Hunt’s Azimuth, which was curated by Paitz. The exhibition is on view at The Franklin through August 4.
The conversation will be followed by a performance by Chin-Ting Huang. The Space I Can’t Get In V.2, a performance utilizing bottles, microphones, amps, a mixer, and a lightbox to, in her words, “activate the space as a sequence of mumbles, sounds that evoke breath and make absence present.” She elaborates that the work offers “a look into the private personal biography and into our relationship with everyday objects and how they define our social relations with others.” The artist uses bottles and microphones as instruments, and for this iteration, she will include discarded alcohol bottles collected by Edra Soto (Co-founder of The Franklin) in the Garfield Park neighborhood where The Franklin is located.
All events are free and open to the public.
Azimuth presents new site-responsive work by Chicago-based artist Gina Hunt. The exhibition title is a term Hunt encountered during her recent research on sundials, the earliest tools for measuring time; azimuth describes the distance and direction of the sun from the observer. The artist created screens made from layers of theater scrim that she dyed red, green, and blue—referencing the colors of light on our digital screens and the cones in our eyes, which are sensitive to red, green, and blue wavelengths—that filter the natural light and create an ever-changing experience. Hunt’s project is on view from May until August, as the sunlight shifts from the soft and diffused glow of spring to the intense and direct glare of summer. Azimuth also overlapped with the summer solstice. Hunt has long been interested in “technologies of imaging through the medium of light,” from her early cyanotypes on rice paper, to her more recent paintings on cut and twisted canvas, to her current installations employing hand-dyed theater scrim. She began using scrim while traveling for residencies and a fellowship in 2016 not only because of its malleability and durability, but also its “magical ability to become translucent or opaque depending on the light source.” Surprising interference patterns are formed in her layers of the thin cotton mesh. Hunt’s research has recently yielded: a triangular installation of colorful screens at Badlands National Park in South Dakota; layers of polyester netting stretched between metal poles on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in Doha, Qatar; rectangular window coverings at University Galleries of Illinois State University and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey; and an outdoor information booth wrapped with vibrantly colored screens at the now-closed Fergus Falls State Hospital in Minnesota.
Gina Hunt’s work has been exhibited at Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar; Drew University, Madison, New Jersey; 65GRAND, Chicago; University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal; DEMO Project, Springfield, Illinois; E. Tay Gallery, New York; Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis; Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn; Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois; Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, Illinois; and The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, among others. She was the 2015-2016 Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The artist’s work is included in the collections of the National Park Service, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Minnesota State University. Hunt received an MFA from Illinois State University, an MA from Minnesota State University, and a BFA from Minnesota State University. She currently lives in Chicago.
Chin-Ting Huang’s work has been exhibited at the Sullivan Galleries at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and NHCUE Art Space, Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, as well as several Chicago galleries, including 062 Gallery, Defibrillator, Nail in a Packet, and Goldfinch Projects. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from National Hsinchu University of Education, Hsinchu City, Taiwan.
Kendra Paitz is Director and Chief Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University. She has organized solo exhibitions featuring Terry Adkins, Carrie Schneider, Dianna Frid, Edra Soto, Juan Angel Chávez, Ebony G. Patterson, Deb Sokolow, Melanie Schiff, Jason Lazarus (co-curated with Barry Blinderman), Stanya Kahn, Lori Waxman, Alice Hargrave, Kendell Carter, Stephanie Brooks, Oliver Herring (co-curated), Irena Knezevic, Adam Farcus, and Shinique Smith, among others. Her group exhibitions include Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, The House of the Seven Gables, Orison for the Forest, and but you gave me flowers. She has authored, edited, and supervised the publication of ten exhibition catalogues at University Galleries. Paitz’s essays and interviews have been published by University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Daylight Books, Hillsborough, North Carolina; and Golden Parachutes, Berlin. Paitz organized Gina Hunt: Azimuth at The Franklin.
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