Oct 7th 2018

Kelly Neibert and Zhiyun Yang: LIVING WITH THE NON-HUMAN

@ Gallery KIN

6319 N Greenview Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago IL 60660

Opening Sunday, October 7th, from 12PM - 3PM

On view through Monday, October 22nd

Gallery KIN is pleased to present new works by artists Kelly Neibert and Zhiyun Yang for its first exhibition.

Look around and it’s clear that humans have had a geologic impact on our planet, which promises consequences from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin. A reckoning is certainly overdue, but this exhibition is decidedly not about the Anthropocene.

This exhibition’s smallness by comparison is only able to contend with such a vast and complete truth by way of its vulnerability, and setting of stakes within the every-day. LIVING WITH THE NON-HUMAN is about the beings, at a fraction of our size, who comfortingly and oftentimes awkwardly share our most intimate spaces: dancing in front of a mirror, making love in bed, or sitting on the toilet.

Paintings and drawings by Kelly Neibert are worlds within themselves, where she plays with narrative as much as perspective and color. They exist not so much as studies, but as love letters. Zhiyun Yang’s 12-minute video adds a new chapter to existing work that continues to triangulate the parent-child family structure, our personal relationships with the non-human, and art criticism.

Kelly Neibert (b. 1987) is a Chicago based artist originally from the small, rural town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. She completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Through painting, Kelly looks toward her own familiar spaces and the people and animals that inhabit them as a source of comfort, beauty, and comic relief.

Zhiyuan Yang is an interdisciplinary artist from Beijing, China, who makes work that explores the ambivalent relationship between alienation and belonging.

Gallery KIN exhibits works of art out of an Edgewater apartment inhabited in-part by its curator Lindsay Hutchens. Gallery KIN participates in dialogues that surround family, community, and home, through two-person and group exhibitions installed throughout her functioning living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Lindsay is a recent graduate from the MFA Photography and MA Visual Critical Studies departments at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who as an artist and scholar continues to “use photography to reveal the nuanced, intimate, and incomplete ways family constructs the self.” She also works as the Auction Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and is a front server at the first Michelin starred brewpub in the world.

Gallery hours Sundays and Mondays by appointment only, please email lindsay@gallerykin.com

Further details and information on future exhibitions can be found at gallerykin.com.

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