Jun 8th 2019

On the occasion of our 10th Anniversary Orbits exhibition, Teresa Silva will speak with Judith Brotman about her work currently on view at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago, her artistic practice and philosophy, and her support of other artists. Judith’s art uses thread, napkin, and the spoken and written word to consider the complexities of grief and loss, and the resilience found within and in relationships with others. Orbits is on view May 11 – June 23. More info about the exhibition below.

Judith Brotman is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Chicago. Brotman received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. Her work includes mixed media installations and theatrical immersive environments which occupy a space between sculpture and drawing. More recent work incorporates language/text based conceptual projects which are also meditations on the possibility of transformation. Brotman has exhibited extensively in Chicago and throughout the US. Exhibitions include: Asphodel Gallery/Brooklyn, Threewalls, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, Illinois State Museum, INOVA, the DeVos Art Museum, Hampshire College, Smart Museum of Art, SOFA Chicago, The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Brotman has taught at as a Harper Fellow at The University of Chicago and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Teresa is a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago and a 2018 recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Art Administrators’ Residency.

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In the Chicago presentation of Orbits—a four-part concurrent exhibition spanning all four locations of Tiger Strikes Asteroid and celebrating our first 10 years as an artist-run organization—Black Quantum Futurism, Judith Brotman, Sara Drake, Sahana Ramakrishnan, and Nina Sarnelle explore themes of communication, transformation, and alternative narratives through a broad range of materials. Black Quantum Futurism presents an installation of mounted clocks that embody alternative temporalities while Sahana Ramakrishnan’s mixed media works depict human/animal transformation and the self as both predator and prey. A video collaboration by Sara Drake and Nina Sarnelle provides instruction for the encryption of messages into whale songs transmitted across the ocean. And Judith Brotman’s sculptural and sound works offer a contemplative experience based on our complex relationship to machines and desire. We are delighted to bring these varied practices into conversation at TSA Chicago.

Information about Orbits exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia can be found at https://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com/tagged/Current.

Image: Judith Brotman, Excerpt from Summer Idyll (Audio, 13:47), 2019

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