Painter James Jankowiak will present acrylic paintings on wood panels for his exhibition at Dock 6 this Friday.
James states about his work, "Over the last seven years, my work has centered around my fascination with the visceral reaction of seeing and observing the processing of perception.
My process has been guided along by a life long interest in natural history, specifically palenontology. Just as a paleontologist meticulously scratches at a chunk of stone to reveal the prized fossil, my physical approach emulates the repetitive process required to arrive at that moment of discovery.
When a new work commences, it immediately announces that this will be a slow journey of transformation and there will be no quick answers, but if you stay true to the path, something worthwhile just might reveal itself as a reward. At first glance, they appear as graphics, but if you look closer, my hand is revealed, as each line changes size, angle, contour and color.
I believe in the biochemical aspect of how color plays a role in our lives... how it affects our being, whether it feels intrusive, calming, chaotic or inviting."
James Jankowiak was born (1969) and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. After a decade of developing his own visual language through graffiti wild style lettering as Casper, he decided to make his studio practice his first priority. He still lives on the south side with his wife Jennifer and sons James and David, and his two dogs, Isabella and Luca.
Taylor Hokanson is a DIY engineer, CAD/CAM evangelist, and an Assistant Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago. Like the digital media at the center of his research, Hokanson's practice blurs the boundaries between conceptual art and the hard sciences. He frequently works with hacked electronics, changing the function of common consumer gadgets so that they become alien and unfamiliar. His Sledgehammer-operated Keyboard (which will be on view at Dock 6) is a popular example: in changing the scale, material and interface of a common device, Hokanson asks the user to reconsider a communicative medium devalued by ease of use.
Anna Reich is an artist living and working in Chicago. She was born in Woodland, a small town in Northern California. Her B.A. in Photography was received from University of California at Davis. Subsequent to that she attended a Post-Baccalaureate at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. Reich received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College.
Her work has been exhibited across the United States including in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York and she has an upcoming show scheduled in Reykjavik.
Reich will be showing a piece at Dock 6 called "Stifle or Digital Noise 1". Reich states that she continuously searches for sincerity in photography by exploring assumptions, why we have them, how we construct them, and what specifically we feel when they are not met - on all levels; viewer, subject, and artist.
Photographer M. Tuteur has spent the past decade documenting hundreds of historic structures in various stages of abandonment and destruction throughout Chicago and other parts of Illinois. Shooting with a sense of urgency, Tuteur feels compelled to preserve the memory of these buildings and places by photographing them in natural light before they're demolished. Tuteur has also embarked on various photojournalism projects including photos of Chicago housing projects, a long-term series on former governor Rod Blagojevich's trial, as well as one on residents of the 46th ward of Chicago.
For his installation at Dock 6 Tuteur will present work featuring the hidden beauty found in places like the abandoned parade float warehouse pictured above and the south side church pictured below.
Jo Dery’s wildly inventive animated films explore and push at the techniques and boundaries of animation. Dery uses everything from collage, illustration, digital manipulation, photomontage, puppetry, and printmaking to tell short, fantastical tales that often resonate with the tone of folklore and mythology. At the root of her stories is Dery’s own life and location, be it Providence, RI (where she co-founded the seminal feminist collective Dirt Palace) or Chicago, IL, her new home since the fall of 2011.
In her newest work, Chapter Three, Dery uses the effectively direct materials of pencil, ink, and paper to create an animation around the theme of chance – depicting an anthropomorphized snake, a play off the double-roll turn of the dice called “snake eyes.” The installation at Dock 6 will incorporate original drawings which are the basis for the film that will be projected in the room.
Dery holds a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Animation in DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media.
Exhibiting since 1985, Ott has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and prints are in museum collections nation-wide while her installation work has been included in international exhibitions such as the first Auckland Triennial in Auckland New Zealand, the Australian Contemporary Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia as well as the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Ohio. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant and a Howard Foundation Grant from Brown University, Her work is in the collection of the Corcoran Museum of American Art, Washington DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri; the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California, and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport, California among others. She is Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Come One, Come All, To The 8th Annual Barn Dance Apocalypse!
The Big Ball's in Chicago Town, We'll All Go Down. Big Ball's in Chicago Town, We'll Dance Around!
Come square dance, contra, polka, and waltz the night away to the red hot bourbon fueled Golden Horse Ranch Band. It doesn't matter if you have 2 left feet, or only one foot left. We'll teach you everything you know! Come alone or bring a partner! Just be sure to dress for the occasion.
If you've been before, you know how magical it is, so tell all your friends! If you haven't been before, get ready for a western wonderland of dancing with friends and strangers (a.k.a. friends you haven't met yet)! When the rapture comes, we'll all be square dancing!
The Dance will be graciously hosted at Dock 6 Collectives Warehouse Dance Hall located at 4200 W Diversey, and Sage Reed will again serve as Head of The Decorating Committee.
Saturday April 21, 2012 Doors at 8pm Tickets are $20 pre-pay donation, that includes admission + 2 drinks!! What a deal! or $25 donation at the door!
Extra drinks extra, + amazing photo op + collectors poster by Crosshair/Dan Macadam!