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High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St, Chicago, IL
Program includes The Light Drips Down by Nicole Mauser and Treasure by Anna Martine Whitehead (both Fall 2015 Sponsored Artists). Mauser’s work may be viewed at 6 PM, and Whitehead’s performance will begin at 7 PM each night.
The Light Drips Down is an on-going series of collages that have been expanded to confront architecture. Formally, the images function similar to paintings, possessing illusionistic depth of space, yet the space is compressed to cause uncanny visual echoes to the nearby surroundings by drawing upon and enlarging existing architecture/landscape in combination with color fields. I view collage as a form of ‘trespassing visually.’ Clashing architectural elements with floral and fauna with abstract color fields to flatten and undermine hierarchies, physics, and logic rooted in the everyday. I see this approach to collage related to The Situationists historical practice of the derive, the intentional act of ‘the drift’ a wandering or going against the grid. I create an experience for the viewer that emphasizes a physical confrontation with color, abstraction, and space.
Treasure uses dance, projections, sound collage, and wearable sculpture to meditate on the nature of the Black body in our current moment of overwrought Black death. Taking as its starting point Claudia Rankine’s supposition that a Black body becomes an inhuman thing of value at the moment of death, and the libratory legacy of escape that is fundamental to Black culture, “Treasure” is an interdisciplinary performance of antinomies—the paradoxes of freedom and escape, presence and absence, life and death–that constitute blackness. The work is an urgent response to the overwhelming accumulation of online videos, social media feeds, and public acts projecting Black death as the defining characteristic of Black life.
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Nicole Mauser’s paintings investigate the tensions at play between the physicality of paint itself and the speed at which images congeal within a language of abstraction. Mauser obtained her MFA from The University of Chicago in (2010) and BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design (2006). Paintings have been featured at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn); Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA); Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago); Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph); AR Gallery (Milan); and Centre pour l’Art et le Culture (Aix-en-Provence, France). Works have been featured in New American Paintings, The New York Times, and The Kansas City Star amoung others. Her writings have been published in Newcity, Art Practical, 8 1⁄2 x 11, and Bad at Sports Blog. Mauser was a recipient of The University of Chicago Student Arts Council Student Grant for painting research in Berlin, Germany (2010), and a Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship at The University of Chicago (2011). Mauser was co-founder of the artist-run gallery, PLUG Projects (2011-2012) as well as KCPAC (Kansas City Plein Air Coaterie). Collections include The Alexander (Indianapolis) and The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park). She lives/works in Chicago, IL and is a Lecturer at The University of Chicago.
Anna Martine Whitehead is an artist, writer, choreographer, and curator. She makes solos and collaborative work interrogating race, gender, time, and loss at the limits of performance. Anna Martine has shown work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, KUNST-STOFF, SOMArts, Southern Exposure, and CounterPULSE in San Francisco; The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; AUNTS in Brooklyn; and Pieter, homeLA, and Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles. In addition to her choreographic and solo work, Martine has worked collaboratively or made significant contributions to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jesse Hewit, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Julien Previeux, and Spiral Q Puppet Theater. She is a contributor to itch dance journal and writes ‘Endurance Tests,’ a recurring column in Art Practical exploring creative practices of the African Diaspora. She has co-produced VAST LANDSCAPE, an ongoing open sound- movement studio; and movement//movement, a social justice based practice space in Detroit via the Allied Media Conference. Anna Martine holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and has lectured there as well as at Cal State East Bay. annamartine.com
Marie Alarcón is a multimedia and sound performance artist based in Philadelphia, Pa. She has an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has been working in community media as an educator and producer for the past 10 years. She is currently a CFEVA Fellowship Finalist, and has shown work internationally including Franz Josephs Kai in Vienna Austria, The Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, and the City Hall Gallery, and has performed at the ICA Philadelphia and the Print Center.
Mlondolozi ‘Mlondi’ Zondi is a multimedia artist who works mainly in dance, drama, and performance/live art. He is a second year PhD student in performance studies at Northwestern University in Illinois. He received his MFA in dance studies as a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Irvine (USA). Prior to that, he studied at the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) where he obtained a BA Honours cum laude with a concentration in theatre studies, media and cultural studies. His professional performance career includes performing for theater-for-development companies such as Soundtrack4Life (Cape Town) and Arepp Theatre4Life (Johannesburg). He also worked as a full-time dancer for the Flatfoot Dance Company as well as The Playhouse Company in Durban. Before moving the US, he worked at The Market Theater in Johannesburg under the tutelage of directors Malcolm Purkey and Neil Coppen. Mlondi has created his own body of performance work that includes Crawl for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2009). He also created Drag at the DAG (site specific Drag Performance at the Durban Art Gallery 2010); The Martyrdom of the Kitchen Saints (2010); Geography of my Umbilical Cord (Jomba Contemporary Dance Festival Fringe 2011); INMATE ( 2013); VIRTUAL VENUES, (2013); CEREMONIOUS (commissioned by the Laguna Beach Art Museum,California 2013); fix (2014); and Dead Skin (2015).