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Interview with Jessica Campbell

October 19, 2016

On Bria, a site-specific installation in THE SUB-MISSION
September 8 - October 22, 2016

In Bria, you collage cut acrylic carpet scraps. In other works you have incorporated latch hook weaving, comics and comedy performances, is collage a process you have been utilizing recently?

Hm! I guess the carpet work is literally collage, but I haven't thought of it like that exactly. I think of these pieces… [more]

Stripe, Fold, Pleat: Notes on the “Soft” Paintings of Jean Alexander Frater by Claudine Isé

May 11, 2017

In the late 1940s, Lucio Fontana began slashing the surfaces of his canvases with a knife—a gesture that was simultaneously physical and metaphysical in nature, aimed at opening up the two-dimensional picture plane onto three-dimensional space. Fontana viewed his paintings not as surfaces for the enactment of pictorial illusion, but as multi-dimensional fields in which space—or rather, a “spatial concept”(Concetto spaziale)—is manifested through a seamless unity of color, shape, surface,… [more]

The Matter at Hand by Mimi Thompson

August 25, 2016

Everyone gathers objects for necessity and pleasure, but few of us have the focus to study and learn from them. And even fewer of us pick up disparate materials from nature and culture in order to join them and push them beyond their original roles. Matt Magee belongs to this last group. In his paintings, sculptures and prints, he creates a language of symbols that sends an open-ended message; he… [more]

In Secret Unison by Steven Husby

June 23, 2016

It would be a mistake to view these paintings as simply another example of geometric hard-edged abstraction, or latter day Op Art. Although the artist clearly has his eye on each of these historical precedents, with the former he shares neither the faith in the object as the sole carrier of ideal pictorial form, nor the commitment to precision of execution alone as an embodiment of virtue. Like Frank Stella’s… [more]

Interview with SUB-MISSION artist Liz Ensz

July 6, 2016

TSM As part of your sincere hope for rethinking the valuation of resources, the environment and living things, you rely on scavenger impulses in your artistic practice. What materials are you scavenging?

LE All my life I have been an unapologetic trash-picker. My scavenger instinct was cultivated as a child by spending weekends with my 17-year elder metal scrapper brother. He was a resourceful man who could repair anything and saw… [more]

Interview with SUB-MISSON artist Austen Brown

April 19, 2016

Interview with Austen Brown
May 6 – June 25, 2016

By Makenzi Fricker

MF: Your images capture scenes of human interference on the landscape, such as housing or mining infrastructure, yet do not depict the figures themselves. Why have you chosen not to show the people behind the activities?

AB: There are a few reasons. There’s been lots of work out there, primarily video,… [more]

Interview with SUB-MISSION artist Jordan Martins

February 25, 2016

Interview with Jordan Martins
How Easy is a Bush a Bear
March 11 – April 23, 2016

By Makenzi Fricker

MF: Although your work isn’t process-oriented, the creation of your videos is nonetheless very involved. Can you describe that process?

JM: My work with video the past few years has mostly been experimental, in the sense that I’ve been trying out different ideas without necessarily… [more]

Simple Hand Gestures & the Social Life of Frozen Abstract Capitalism by Zachary Cahill

February 25, 2016

“The hand delineates a world by drawing what it grasps from the element, delineating definite beings having forms, that is, solids; the informing of the formless is solidification, emergence of the graspable, the existent, support of qualities. Substantiality thus does not reside in the sensible nature of things, since sensibility coincides with enjoyment enjoying an “adjective” without substantive, a pure quality, a quality without support. Abstraction, which would promote the… [more]

Interview with Curtis Gannon

January 5, 2016


January 15 – February 27, 2016

CS: In the works in Formulate Infinity, and in your artistic practice as a whole, you use comic books as a source of imagery. When did your interest in comic books begin and when did you start incorporating comics into your art making? Has your interest evolved during the course of your career… [more]

Interview with SUB-MISSION artist Kelly Lloyd

January 4, 2016


January 15 – February 27, 2016

MF: Most of your work seems to eschew traditional media, i.e. drawing or painting on canvas, instead relying on found objects, assemblages, and modifications of your environment. Yet you studied painting and drawing for your MFA at SAIC. When did you begin to move away from those media, and why… [more]

Drawn Through Degradation and Desire by Scott J. Hunter

November 6, 2015

Drawn through Degradation and Desire: In Conversation with Larassa Kabel
by Scott J. Hunter

I am often attracted to the vulnerable in images. Those photographs, drawings, or paintings that capture attention through an immediate emotional pull. Where detail directs the eye toward a source of empathy or fear, that strikes deeply and pushes inward. When viewing such works, there is for me almost always a momentary intake of… [more]

Drawn Through Degradation and Desire: An Interview with Larassa Kabel by Scott J. Hunter

November 6, 2015

Drawn through Degradation and Desire: In Conversation with Larassa Kabel

Scott J. Hunter, Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Neuroscience and Pediatrics,
University of Chicago; Independent Curator and Collector

I had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with Larassa about her works, and her process, after spending time on her website and exploring her practice. I share this, to reveal a bit more of what is underlying… [more]

This Lemon Is Not Yellow by Alicia Eler

September 11, 2015

Jeroen Nelemans

September 11 – October 24, 2015

We are in love with our devices, the modern day theater. Rectangular or square, large or small, in the palm of our hands or in front of our faces, we gaze into them intently. Increasingly so, through these devices we play out the performative emotional narratives of our interpersonal relationships.

Artist… [more]

Points in Space by Kate Sierzputowski

May 8, 2015

Susan Giles

May 8 - June 27, 2015

WE ARE THE SEARS TOWER. That is how we are perceived when others look upon Chicago. We are the architectural structures, the peaks built on top of us that project our topography upward to the vantage of other cities. These massive structures are impossible for those to digest down below, inhabitants and tourists alike must… [more]

The Triumph of Landscape by Ionit Behar

March 13, 2015

Mariana Sissia

March 13 - April 25, 2015

As an extension in space, then, the line is also an extension in time. Not time in the sense of measurement of a finite duration, but rather time that just goes on ad infinitum. In Mariana Sissia’s new drawings Mental Landscape, we find, not a place nor even a point, but a conception in the… [more]

The Lineage of Stones by Alicia Eler

November 7, 2014

Luciana Rondolini

November 7 – December 20, 2014

Veering into the middle ground between appropriations of pop culture and shiny kitsch, artist Luciana Rondolini creates a new breed of popular art by fleshing out the space between consumption and desire. The artist skates on these edges, creating drawings of flattened pop stars, molding diamond-studs onto the rinds of rotting fruit,… [more]

Movimiento Perpetuo by Ariel Schettini

September 12, 2014

Marcelo Grosman

September 12 - October 25, 2014

1. When a new form of expression is born, what matters is the form; the expression comes later. Most never get past the form. I have often asked myself what should happen to a form of expression in order for it to be transformed into art. Because no form of expression is born as art, quite the… [more]

Rhythms and Structures by Victoria Verlichak

May 2, 2014

Natalia Cacchiarelli

May 2 - June 14, 2014

Rhythms and Structures

Cadences and vibrations in the exhilarating work of Natalia Cacchiarelli (Argentina, 1971) spark the eye and unleash unexpected associations. Unconcerned with any attempt at representation, her works irradiate a minimal aesthetic and investigate the very nature of painting itself. Thorough explorations of chromatic variation and the search for perfection of line and… [more]

Recurrent Color by Karen Irvine

March 7, 2014

Jeroen Nelemans

March 7 – April 19, 2014

Recurrent Color
One morning, I noticed something curious: staring at the band of blue hues with a quiet sense of elation, I shifted my gaze to the white wall and saw yellow. Goethe also studied this phenomena and found that after gazing prolongedly at a single color, the human eye will see an afterimage of the… [more]

The Third Expedition by Robin Dluzen

May 3, 2014

Erica Bohm

May 3 – June 15, 2013

For most of us, our knowledge of outer space is second-hand. These scientific “facts” are learned through the pages of a book, the television screen and the computer display --a conglomeration of “evidence” that, for the average person, is impossible to verify with our own eyes. This science is the kind that sparks the imagination… [more]