Mar 10th 2023

High Maintenance

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

2130 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Friday, March 10th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Thursday, April 20th

High Maintenance
Chloe Munkenbeck & SUNGJAE LEE, curated by Nicky Ni
March 10 – April 20
Chicago Artists Coalition
Opening Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-8pm

High Maintenance wants to invite you to think about the hidden labor and tension around the ordeal of maintaining, an act of repetition and reverse-entropy that has been capitalized and also racialized in contemporary American society. Chloe Munkenbeck borrows from architectural elements that allude to the curtain walls of a glass building to highlight the level of maintenance–as well as the technological innovations put into it to realize self-maintenance–of modern high-rises. On the other hand, SUNGJAE LEE explores organization within messiness, intimacy within the abject, focusing on labor and work that are completed by the hands. Collecting and using hair from clients who attended his private haircut sessions, the artist will present a video installation that reflects on service industries, such as dry-cleaning and massage businesses, that are run by Asian Americans.

Chloe Munkenbeck is an artist and architect from London, UK. Currently based in Chicago, her work examines architectural structures as both metaphor and medium to unpack the social codes of conduct which the built environment dictates. In tandem with her artistic practice, Chloe works as a designer for architecture and design research office, Future Firm. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh.

SUNGJAE LEE is a Seoul-born, Chicago-based artist. He makes performance, installation, text, and video focusing on queer Asians and their desires that have been regarded as effeminate, desexualized, and thus invisible in the West. He has presented his works globally in Korea, Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, and the US. He received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Seoul National University and M.F.A. in Performance Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nicky Ni is a curator and writer, a Chinese expat living in Chicago. She’s Programmer for Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival and Editor at Sixty Inches From Center.

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