Apr 1st 2022

Jon Veal: MayDay

@ Compound Yellow

244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Opening Friday, April 1st, from 5:30PM - 8PM

On view through Wednesday, April 27th

ON VIEW April 1st – April 27th
Opening reception of “Mayday”: April 1st, 5.30-8pm
Recent works by Jon Veal, Spring Takeover artist in residency at Compound Yellow.

“Mayday” is a public challenge to the widely established narratives of written histories in favor of a collective history of the people. The latest works from artist Jon Veal invite the viewer to become a participant in both the work and the collective history of the community.

Jon Veal has forged a collaborative transdisciplinary practice that is informed by relationships, meaning that the community and spaces that he resides in often dictate the work and what form it takes. To understand one part is to understand all parts. Primarily focused on the capacity of symbolic gesture as a means of strategy, he uses his artistic agency as a platform for building communal spaces.

Veal has exhibited at Chicago Artist Department, Silent Funny, William Hill Gallery, Homewood Science Center, Chicago Cultural Ball, Kiss the Brain Gallery, Catich Gallery at St. Ambrose University and the Terrain Biennial representing Austin, Chicago.

Veal was the first African American Artist in Residence at Oak Park Public Library. In 2019 Jon also held the Field/Work Artist in Residence at Chicago Artist Coalition while Co- founding the artist-led non profit alt_ Chicago. In 2020 he became a recipient of the 3Arts “Make A Wave” grant along with receiving the Spark grant from the Chicago Artist Coaliton which is in recognition of exceptional artists working in Chicago.

In 2021, Jon was invited to join the Resource Global Chicago Cohort in addition to being the 2021 Spring Latham Fellow at IIT institute of Design. Veal serves on the auxiliary Board of Directors for The Design Museum of Chicago and on the Chicago Avenue Corridor Improvement Study Team in partnership with Lamar Johnson Collaborative and The Chicago Department of Transportation.

Compound Yellow is an artist-driven 501c3 non-profit experimental art space that takes action through resource development, shared learning, and public interventions in the form of creative residencies, projects, exhibitions, events, workshops, and self-publishing.

The vision of Compound Yellow is that the future artist-run space is a mushroom–a self-sufficient and highly adaptable life system that brings visible and invisible vitality and interconnectedness to all that it touches and supports.

Compound Yellow’s mission is to form an intentional collaborative community in order to enhance the lives of all participants and to make a more creative, courageous, and inspiring near future.

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