Jun 3rd 2023

Opening reception: #2
June 3rd 2pm to 9pm

This year we are celebrating the value of collaboration and inter-dependency.

New work by Hui-Min Tsen: SCENE

Description: I have always loved slice-of-life films with their contemplative observation of moments no one knew were pivotal. The action passes in and out of the frame, the frame passes in and out of the moment. The camera obscura boxes installed at Compound Yellow can be understood as part slice-of-life film, part snapshot-never-taken, part window into the neighborhood, and part observation telescope. At their most immediate level the boxes are meant to be enjoyable to look through, a surprise for the passer-by, an encouragement to pause and look. Taken on a more abstract level, the boxes are here to be a contemplation of less tangible experiences such as the continuity and impermanence of time and the ways in which a place exists beyond the visible.

Hui-min Tsen is an interdisciplinary artist whose work looks at the mental landscapes residing in the space between here and there. In projects ranging from walking tours to works on paper, she uses research and observation to interweave stories of myth and history with our everyday experience of place. Tsen received a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited and published with the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, and Sector 2337, among others. Her book, The Pedway of Today was published by Green Lantern Press in 2013. She currently teaches photography at Loyola University and City Colleges of Chicago.

home/school/play/ground is a yearlong group exhibition of creative interventions in multiple spaces at Compound Yellow: inside the house, in the new bookstore, in the upstairs studio, on the ground floor of the gallery and on the side yard.

Continuing the tradition of fostering a multitude of voices and a plurality of identities and ideas, each artist has chosen a space and has asked another artist to create a piece to accompany theirs. In 2023/24, at every closing of a new exhibition, there will be a simultaneous opening of home/school/play/ground interventions/shows in parts of the compound.

This first group show features the work of Madeleine Aguilar (Tree Dock), Atlan Arceo-Witzl (Wayfinding signs), Leslie Baum (kitchen companion installation), Johnny Doley (Room and Board for Compound Birds), Marianne Fairbanks (Home TexTILES), Lorenza Perelli (The Society of Rest, Booklets with plushies in bookstore).

A special thank you to Tony Buttitta for his expert tile installation and John Mann (Leaf and Spade) for designing our new prairie restoration expansion project!

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