Jul 29th 2022

Junli Song: Body Rhythms

@ Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

4912 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60625

Opening Friday, July 29th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, July 30th

Named after a series of pressure prints by the artist, Body Rhythms is a collection of recent works by artist and storyteller Junli Song. Ranging from printmaking to ceramics, the works on display are constantly undulating. Figures move in wave-like motions while translucent colors lay smoothly on top of one another in both ink and glaze.

Inspired by the ancient Chinese cosmography, Shanhaijing, Song reinterprets tradition through a feminist, diasporic lens. With the ongoing construction of an imaginary world, Song explores how liminality can be a space for liberation. Countering the Western use of perspective, Song utilizes flatness as an Eastern artistic convention and negative space as an opening—a threshold to cross over and into. These moments of transformation, of seeing through, of absence embodied, reflect how in-betweenness can be expansive, rather than limiting.

Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Junli Song is an artist and storyteller with a rather unusual background. In addition to her Master’s in children’s book illustration, Song studied economics at the University of Chicago and international development at the University of Oxford. She is currently pursuing an MFA with a concentration in printmaking at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

This exhibition was organized by Vic Barquin.

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