Mar 22nd 2019

Onion City: Casting Spells and Slowly Swaying

@ Chicago Filmmakers

5720 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Friday, March 22nd, from 9PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, March 24th

These six works meditate on place, sound, relationships, and ethereal presence. Deeply emotive, spiritual, and healing, they are visits from loved ones past, astrological guides, and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Featuring work by the following artists: Sky Hopinka, Kathleen Rugh, Jana Debus, Lori Felker, Sasha Waters Freyer, and Ephraim Asili.

Fainting Spells
Sky Hopinka
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska — or the Indian Pipe Plant — used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

Summer’s Last Moons
Kathleen Rugh
As summer comes to an end, the moon reaches towards becoming full. Over three nights the moon is captured on film through in-camera editing and multiple exposures. The moons of different nights come together in the frame, to interact and play with one another, while official NASA sound recordings from space bring us closer.

I Am Pagan Baby
Jana Debus
I AM PAGAN, BABY is about the fringes of life in a kind of Ur-form. The experimental portrait portrays a source of life on the edge of civilisation. Glimpses of a life-path which encourage us to ask what can become of humans if we rise from the rituals of necessity.

Memoria Data
Lori Felker, sound by Patrizia Oliva
Memoria Data collects the moments of connection from various and distant familial archives. These images remind us of why we keep records, who we set our sights upon, and exactly how we felt when our camera was running.

Sasha Waters Freyer
River naiads and backyard deities; nothing noticed is lonely. From inspiration to expiration, breathing is the only work to be enacted now.

Sketches & Portraits of Jean Michel
Ephraim Asili, accompanied by a live score by Ben Lamar Gay
“Sketches and Portraits for Jean-Michel was photographed on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, two areas familiar to Basquiat, and visually explores many of the themes and influences found in his paintings: street life, street art, politics, jazz, bodies in motion, bodies at rest, life, death, and black resilience.” – The Barbican

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