Apr 6th 2019

Jillian Hansen-Lewis: Borrowed Lamps (applause for my friends)

@ Roman Susan

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Opening Saturday, April 6th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Friday, April 26th

Borrowed Lamps (applause for my friends) is an installation of lamps collected from friends of Chicago-based artist Jillian Hansen-Lewis. The lamps are arranged throughout the gallery and connected to “the Clapper” sensors (As Seen On TV), responding to the sounds of applause in the gallery. When one light turns off, another turns on. This piece is equal parts celebration and elegy; the flashing lights and shadows cast by the lamps create the atmosphere of a party and the feeling of an empty room. The lamps respond to applause in increments of two or three claps, but they are shy, so viewers are asked to remember this rhythm: Clap – Clap – Pause . . . Clap – Clap – Clap – Pause.

Jillian Hansen-Lewis (b. Chicago 1989) is an is an artist interested in technology and intimacy. Much of her work points to the relationships between everyday objects and human struggles for power and control that play out through relationships, food, and algorithms. Recent projects have addressed invisibility, ghosting, self-help gurus, faith, cake, exodus, wellness tonics, and privacy. She has exhibited domestically and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in Chicago at Comfort Station and Hume. For more information, please visit jillianhansenlewis.com.

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