FROM ICELAND TO THAILAND ... and places in between

Nikki Renee Anderson, Lynn Basa, Barbara Hashimoto, Michael Kozien, and Luftwerk (Petra Bachmaier & Sean Gallero)

Six Chicago-based artists present work and documentation from collaborations and residencies from around the world. Places represented include Berlin, Reykjavik, Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Shikoku Island, Dan Kwian, Thailand, and more. All artists will be present at this unique one-day event and reception on Saturday, October 15. The venue is a 9,000-square-foot loft in the historic Motor Row District in the South Loop.

PREVIEW: Friday, October 14, 2011, 5 - 7pm 

EVENT: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 12 noon - 4pm

BY APPOINTMENT: 312.446.3171

2241 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
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Free street parking
Chinatown stop on the Red Line

This event is sponsored by BauerLatoza Studio in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month, a program presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

Nikki Renee Anderson creates ceramic sculptures and installations that explore the feminine experience based on her personal history. Throughout the last 10 years she has participated in a broad range of residencies throughout Europe and the United States. She has been an artist-in-residence at La Macina di San Cresci in Italy; A.I.R. Vallauris in France; Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME; the Icelandic Association of Visual Artists (SÍM) in Reykjavík, Iceland; and Takt Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany. Among the work Anderson will share in this event are pieces from two new projects created during her residency in Iceland.  The Icelandic Garden Series incorporates clay sculptures photographed in moss covered lava fields that are common in Iceland. The second is a video and sound installation with Michael Kozien. At this event Anderson will discuss how her residency experiences have provided immediate opportunities for growth while creating the foundations for future exhibition opportunities and artistic collaborations.

Lynn Basa is a full-time artist with a long-time, highly respected practice in both studio painting and public art commissions.  Her work is in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections, and she has completed major site-specific installations at the Indianapolis International Airport, the University of Northern Iowa, and in various cities around the country.  Basa teaches in the Sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the author of The Artist's Guide to Public Art. Her first and, so far, only residency took place in September 2011 at LegalArt in Miami.  For this event she will present paintings from that recently completed residency and discuss how the camaraderie among the resident artists influenced the content of the work she produced during that period and has resulted in a shift in her painting process.

Barbara Hashimoto, previously based in Tokyo and Los Angeles, has been situated as artist-in-residence at the Chicago Architecture firm, BauerLatoza Studio, since 2006. For this event, Hashimoto will present selected work and documentation from 20 years of collaborations and residencies from around the world. These projects include an organic joint venture with a Japanese farmer in Gifu prefecture; a residency at a 200-year old pottery village in North East Thailand; a four-year collaboration with three LA-based women artists (and their exhibition series with Israeli Arab and Jewish artists); a residency at a Japanese papermaking facility in Shokoku Island; an apprenticeship in Saitama, Japan; and a collaboration with French-based environmental groups culminating in a museum exhibition in Paris. This event will relate how Hashimoto's residency at the Chicago architecture firm has greatly influenced her art practice by transforming it from one based primarily in a private studio environment with commercial gallery relationships to also embrace community building and activism.  Additionally, by encompassing a longer-term perspective of twenty years, this event will demonstrate how place and collaborative networks influence and inspire this artist's process and practice over a continual and broader perspective.

Michael Kozien: As an artist, musician and designer, collaboration has functioned as a vital creative process for Michael Kozien. Whether it is an art installation, composing and recording a song or collaborating on a design project, the act of working with others within creative boundaries has allowed his work to find new directions and purpose. Artist residencies have been a particular interest to Kozien. He has been an artist-in-residence at Takt Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany (2011); the Icelandic Association of Visual Artists (SÍM), Reykjavík, Iceland (2010-11); and La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Italy (2009). While in residence at SÍM, Kozien collaborated with artist Nikki Renee Anderson on a video and sound installation titled, Our Place Appears. This work addresses issues of interpersonal connections, ideas of place, distance, loneliness and fulfillment. In addition to this work, Kozien will show drawings from his residency in Berlin and other work at this event.

Luftwerk  [looft•wurk]
Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero have worked as collaborating artists for over 10 years presenting their work at cultural institutions, galleries and public venues, nationally and internationally. In 2007 they formed Luftwerk with a focus on video and light design. They have developed creations for high profile international events in locations as diverse as MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, and Fallingwaters, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in rural Pennsylvania. Their installation, Projecting Modern, at The Robie House in Hyde Park was a much-talked-about feature event at last year’s CAM. Their theatrical collaborations have been with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hedwig Dance Company, and Chicago Children’s Theater. For this event they will create a large-scale video installation and present work from several of their collaborations.

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