saki is thrilled to present Dysgraphia, an exhibition by Jordan Martins at saki. Nick Butcher (Sonnenzimmer) will be on the decks DJing the opening.
Dysgraphia is a project based on Jordan Martins’s interest in the Chicago-specific tradition of hand-painted, block-letter grocery signs which have come to be associated with Hispanic markets. By exaggerating the expressive colors and gestural rhythms of the original signs, Martins aims to build patters that simultaneously attract (fluorescent colors, bold shapes) and conceal (by undermining legibility). In this sense they are related both to natural camouflage and bright plumage used by animals to attract mates, or broader notions of visual stimuli to affect or sculpt behavior. This project began as a series of storefront installations.
Jordan Martins is a visual artist currently focused on exploring a variety of collage techniques: appropriation as a discursive act, an interweaving of disparate elements into new hybrid structures. Martins is interested in combining precise details from different visual languages into a single surface or environment in order to foment new connections between them. Jordan Martins also plays music in a number of Chicago projects: Plastic Council, Angela James, and improvisational duos & groups, as well as curating the Relax Attack Jazz Series at The Whistler and co-curating the Comfort Music Series.
Please join us Saturday, October 6th from 6-9pm for the opening of Dysgraphia: An exhibition by Jordan Martins. Enjoy a great night of fine art, Nick Butcher (Sonnenzimmer) DJ set, drink cool beverages from Cellar Rat, and enjoy food provided by saki. This event is FREE.
saki, founded in 2010, is Logan Square’s premier boutique record store, art gallery, and performance space.