In conjunction with artist run collective, F4F, artist A.J. McClenon presents a performance of new work inspired by their ongoing research on water and the African diaspora, alongside a short film from F4F co-founder Amina Ross, and a performance from collective member, Zachary Nichols.
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku describes soap bubbles as a metaphor for parallel universes. What if these bubbles extend into our bodies of water? Coming from a parallel earth and from a parallel Chicago, AJ McClenon, brings findings from travels through the ocean and through lake Michigan from cities to cities, from species to species and from past, present and future.
Messages are articulated through large bubbles; sounds from the African diaspora and species studies and footage from water travels.
This event is in conjunction with our Artist Run Chicago Fund.
About AJ McClennon:
Born and raised in “DC proper,” A.J. McClenon studied art and creative writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, and The New School prior to receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Alongside artistic experiences, A.J. is passionate about teaching and community collaborations with the goal that all the memories and histories that are said to have “too many Black people,” are told and retold again. As a means to uphold these stories A.J. creates writings, performances, installations, objects, sounds, and visuals. These creations often revolve around an interest in water and aquatic life, escapism, Blackness, science, grief, US history, and the global future. A.J. is deeply invested in leveling the hierarchies of truth and using personal narrative to speak on political and cultural amnesia and their absurdities. A.J. currently works and lives in Chicago.
A former domestic venue, and now nomadic project collective that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.
About Artist Run Chicago Fund:
The Artists Run Chicago Fund is a unique regranting initiative designed and administered by Hyde Park Art Center has provided over half a million dollars in support of the artist community in Chicago, and we’re still going. Since 2020, The ARC Fund has awarded eighty-five $8,000 grants to artist-run platforms, infusing Chicago’s contemporary art network with flexible financial support to strengthen their diverse and experimental programs. Since 2021, the Artists Run Chicago Fund has also become a platform for collaborations between Hyde Park Art Center and artist-run platforms in the city.