Please join us at THE MISSION for a discussion between Kyle Schlie and Jordan Martins on Thursday, December 15 at 6pm.
Schlie’s exhibition, The Bear Necessities, showcases his recent exploration in what he describes as Support Art, where the product of the artist’s work is not primary to the artist’s ambition. His lack of space to make and store art necessitates the production of tangible objects that are foldable, roll-able, deflate-able, edible, or otherwise ephemeral. Often creating for and/or collaborating with others, Schlie’s practice extends to most facets of his own life: catering, publishing, apprenticing and parenting. Schlie questions the common understanding of what art is, using art as a methodology to better understand the world around him.
KYLE SCHLIE received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelors of Architecture at Ball State University. He has recently exhibited solo and two-person exhibitions at Chicago Filmmakers, Western Pole (Chicago, IL), ACRE TV (Chicago, IL) and Double Frame Gallery (Chicago, IL). His works has been included in group exhibitions at Sector 2337 (Chicago, IL), The Nightingale (Chicago, IL), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO) and Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL). He is the Founder and Director of S.A.C.K. (Supporting Artists with Children and/or Kids) and the Global Al Chemical Company.
JORDAN MARTINS is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007 and has been an instructor at North Park University since 2008. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including mixed media two dimensional work, photography, video and installation. His recent work is primarily concerned with visual codes, camouflage, and gestalt theory. He is the executive director of Comfort Station (a multi-disciplinary art space in Chicago with a wide variety of programs), collaborates on programming with the Salvador-based Projeto Ativa, and curates visual art at Elastic Arts.