Each artist has a strong art persona that helps to create their own world (or universe!). I have been thinking about the use of the word celebratory as both being about celebrities as well as celebration and joy. Our visiting artist, Antonio Adams (Cincinnati, OH) who is also known as Art Thing Kingdom Master [of the Universe] typically works with portraying celebrities in many different mediums. For this show, he is going way back to the “first” celebrities, Adam and Eve as well as God. Aria Carter A.K.A. Ariée the Godmother of Art and Fashion, is developing a fashion brand and dreaming about how her work will look on the catwalk and in front of crowds of people. Her logo is heavily spotlighted and even shows up on a stylish face mask, which is very relevant to our current situation with Covid-19. Becky Kubica’s drawings each have a story behind them, featuring an amazing colorful disco-like dance hall with people dancing, another has a spy in someone’s bedroom, and the last one a doctor, which sounds like a recipe for a soap opera to me! Alex Scott’s work decenters humans as the only ones having interesting things going on with them, by showing his world of the lives of animals, fruits, clouds, and even shapes having what looks to be a grand old time.
Sky Cubacub (They/Them) is a non-binary queer and disabled Filipinx human from Chicago, IL. They are the creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of wearables for trans, queer and disabled people of all sizes and ages, which started in summer 2014. Sky is the editor of the Radical Visibility Zine, a full color cut and paste style zine that celebrates disabled queer life, with an emphasis on joy. As a multidisciplinary artist, Sky is interested in fulfilling the needs for disabled queer life, with an emphasis on joy. They have had over 45 fashion performances and lectured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Utah, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University. Rebirth Garments has been featured in Teen Vogue, Nylon, Playboy, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Vice, Wussy Mag, and the New York Times. Sky was named 2018 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and is a 2019/2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist and a Disability Futures Fellow.
Guest Curatorial Talk w/ Artist Antonio Adams: Friday, February 26
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