April 2 – April 15, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, April 2, 3-5pm
A group exhibition curated by Frances Lightbound
Featuring work by Michael Rado and Joyce Rado, Fraser Taylor, Norman Teague, Jan Tichy, Melanie Teresa Bohrer and Pablo Vindel, and Xiaoqing Zhu
Interstice brings together six artists and collaborative pairs whose work considers space, connection, and states of ‘in-betweenness’. Featuring work by Michael Rado and Joyce Rado, Fraser Taylor, Norman Teague, Jan Tichy, Melanie Teresa Bohrer and Pablo Vindel, and Xiaoqing Zhu, the exhibition presents sculpture, video, designed objects, and works on paper.
Diverse forms of space are taken into consideration – ranging from physical, pictorial, or mathemathical, to bodily, linguistic and cultural. In work such as Fraser Taylor’s, the space between elements functions both as division, and as a site of potential connection. The works themselves operate in a liminal zone between figuration and abstraction, demonstrating – in Taylor’s own words – “a fragile yet optimistic engagement with uncertainty”. This phrase might equally be applied to Xiaoqing Zhu’s video work 5am, which follows the artist’s interactions with discarded objects on the streets of Puebla, Mexico, in the early hours of the morning. Michael Rado collaborates with his grandmother Joyce Rado on the sculptural series Traps, applying a utilitarian yet at times unexpected logic to the repurposing of dormant materials, some of which have passed through multiple generations of their family.
Jan Tichy’s screen prints explore tessellating formations of irregular pentagons, forming both precisely tiled planes and, on occasion, fractured spaces, where elements of chance and evidence of the hand are introduced into an otherwise pre-determined process. Norman Teague’s rocking Sinmi stool invites bodies to a momentary resting place that is both playful and precarious, whilst Melanie Teresa Bohrer and Pablo Vindel’s collaborative loose-leaf book explores points of connection and slippage in linguistic translation, cultural context and physical interaction. Amongst these diverse reference points and artistic strategies, points of conversation arise.
Frances Lightbound is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based between Chicago and Glasgow, Scotland, whose work explores divisions of space and systems of authority within built environments. She obtained a BA (Hons) from the Glasgow School of Art and an MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a current HATCH Projects artist resident at Chicago Artists Coalition.