Opening Sunday, June 4th, from 3PM - 4PM
On view through Saturday, June 10th
Please join us in the cafe area on the 5th-floor of Mana Contemporary at 3 p.m. this coming Sunday, June 4th for a conversation between exhibiting artist Olive Stefanski and John R. Harness around Stefanski’s solo exhibition, Becoming One Who Holds Many. The exhibition features ten abstract sculptures handwoven with plant reed dyed a deep midnight blue using natural indigo that takes inspiration from Stefanski’s study of the Jewish mystical text, Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation).
The exhibition is open until June 10th with open gallery hours each Saturday and Sunday from 12-4. Appointments outside of these hours can also be made upon request to Tiger Strikes Asteroid (add in an email here for how someone can request an appointment?)
Olive Stefanski (they/she) is a queer Jewish artist and teacher, currently living on Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe, Miami, Fox, and Illinois land. In 2021, Roman Susan Art Foundation presented a solo exhibition of their handwoven textiles and sculptural vessels entitled And Before One, What Are You Counting? which was chosen as a partner exhibition program by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. They earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, followed by a three-year apprenticeship at the Chicago Weaving School. In 2022, their work was discussed in States of Mind: Towards an Alternative Future for Jewish Art, an essay written by Solomon Brager for Artforum that highlighted queer, leftist, and anti-Zionist Jewish artists, cultural workers and art movements. They can be found on instagram @floatyplace and www.olivestefanski.com.
John R. Harness is an independent curator, collector, artist, and game designer who lives in Hyde Park. In 2017 he co-founded The Condo Association, a radical apartment gallery in Humboldt Park where he curated Cat’s Cradle, a large group show featuring textile artists in Chicago. Since then, he has curated two more group textile shows: Deep, Far, Home at the Epiphany Center for the Arts in 2021 and 2022’s Carrying The Thread at the Merchandise Mart.
Image Credit: The Transformation of Life is Death
Indigo and Plant Reed
Photo Credit: Bun Stout