JANUARY 25–MARCH 9 2014
JUDITH A. KASEN
THE GIFT OF BROKEN TRACKING DEVICES:
THINKING WITH OUR HANDS
In The Gift of Broken Tracking Devices: Thinking with Our Hands, a collaborative exhibition of works on paper, artists Judith A. Kasen and Michiko Itatani employ many experimental techniques—monotype, origami, fingerpainting—in a raw, intuitive exploration of how a collaborator’s work can serve as a mirror to one’s own. The result is a varied collection that addresses “wonderment and discovery in our daily life: hidden unknowns, desire for connection, search and journey, time/space and the awe of expanse, void, and silence.” Chicago-based experimental sound artist MT Coast has composed a companion audio component, and will perform a special live set at the opening reception on February 7th.
Curated by Lou Mallozzi.
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OPENING RECEPTION: 02.07.14, 6pm–9pm
Special performance by MT Coast at around 7pm.
Stream an excerpt from MT Coast's audio component of the exhibition below!
We have been good friends for the past two decades. Recently, we developed a mutual desire to show our artwork together, realizing our concerns overlap considerably. The result is this collaborative body of work which deals with wonderment and discovery in our daily life: hidden unknowns, desire for connection, search and journey, time/space and the awe of expanse, void, and silence.
—Michiko Itatani & Judith A. Kasen
The Gift of Broken Tracking Devices: Thinking With our Hands—what does this mean? For me it is working out all the overlapping conflicts by finding what makes the pieces alike more than what make them different. In my triptychs, each element begins with a faint monotype image that, regardless of the many worked over layers (as in glazing), there is still enough of the original image evident so that I can eventually “visually hook” the images together and make the final triptych piece. I love the thought that almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star. Somehow this collaboration reminds me of that notion. On our joint piece, we seek to find in the seemingly disparate elements of our work the sameness rather than the different. At this confluence we really do recognize ourselves in the other.
I am sharing truly experimental and raw material in this exhibition. Fingerpainting (smearing natural pigment on raw paper to create space) and Origami (sometimes abandoning standard origami procedure in the middle). With this process, I went back to my earliest memory of Zen Temple kindergarten in Japan when I was around 4. I am thinking with my hands. “Cosmic Wanderlust” is driving my spirit.
Michiko Itatani is a Chicago based artist. Her larger paintings could be seen at Harold Washington Library, McCormick Place West, the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University Club and Union League Club. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Judith A. Kasen is a Chicago based artist. She received her BFA from Layton School of Art and Design, her MA in painting from Bradley University, and her MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. She has exhibited at the Evanston Art Center, Esther Saks Gallery, ARC Gallery, Walter Bischoff Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center.
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