Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Deep Cuts, a duo exhibition featuring new works by current HATCH 2021-2022 artists-in-residence Helen Lee and Nat Pyper, and curated by Joan Roach. The exhibition will have an opening day on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5-8pm. Walk-ins are welcomed.
Lee and Pyper’s studio practices cut into the B-sides of their respective cultural and personal catalogues. In their exhibition the artists disassemble, cut, stab, transform, re-print, duplicate, and put back together aural echoes of joy and suffering. Their practices are united through action, each clipping wings or zines, as a means of re-imagining, recontextualizing, and sometimes making love to the “archive.”
As Lee unearths and commemorates vulnerable moments from her lived experience, she dives further into memoriam, where she shares a collection of stories of Asian and Black lives lost due to hate. In a similar gesture against violence, Pyper pricks at the veil of queer punk anarcho-zine history. Their transgressive, clipped apart, stretched, and reprinted cut-ups bare it all, and often out of sight images see the light of day.
The two artists handle the complex conversations around sex and death with a sense of reverence. They push through reticence to offer up their catharsis in its stead.