Jan 4th 2020

Year One – Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition

@ Little Broken Things

2137 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Opening Saturday, January 4th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Friday, February 14th

Year One at Little Broken Things features the work of four artists who produced a screenprint with Halftone Projects in its inaugural year of programming. This collaborative publishing project began in January of 2019 after Victoria Marie Barquin finished converting the second bedroom of her Logan Square apartment into a fully functioning screenprinting studio.

The first print project produced by Halftone Projects, titled Alligator Girl, was created in collaboration with Flordia-born Colleen Hardison. Toeing lines between illustration and fine art, Hardison’s subjects are always a bit off-kilter. Faces droop, eyes double, and intestines make an appearance. In May, Halftone Projects released its second collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Nicole Del Rio. The imagery in Nicole’s two works began with her original pencil drawings. Then, digitally, Nicole submerged two of her graphite figures into a marble abyss and imposed others onto a wall of brick. Over the summer, Halftone Projects worked with Brooklyn-based artist Haejin Lee to create two more editions. Both of Haejin’s prints feature a repeating motif—blue, figurative shapes covered in protective bubbles. Vanitas Hew, the most recent Halftone Projects collaboration, moves away from the figure to feature a flower vase and two pieces of fruit. Based on one of Catherine Martzloff’s still life oil paintings, this print includes extensive trapping and a transparent purple layer to embody the unique, layered effect of oil paints.

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