Spring / Summer Exhibitions: Angelika Markul, Liz McCarthy, Noël Morical

Markul + McCarthy open Fri May 11 6-9pm

Although Sector 2337’s event program is slowing down for the summer months, we have two exhibitions up concurrently from May 11-July 29th. These include: Angelika Markul’s site specific video installation, If the hours were already counted curated by Caroline Picard will be on view in Sector’s main gallery (details about that show are available here); and Handles Expenditure, Liz McCarthy’s window installation curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera in the Shoebox Gallery of Sector’s storefront (more information about that project here). Additionally , Noël Morical’s exhibition Skiptracing curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera will be on view at Ace Hotel Chicago until May 3rd, 2018.

The Sector 2337 bookstore specializing in niche art publications, poetry, fiction, and comics is located in the rear of the space and will remain open during regular hours (Wed-Sat from 12-6pm + Sun from 12-4pm). All exhibitions are produced by the Green Lantern Press, a 501(c)(3) non-profit publishing house and art producer in operation since 2004. The Green Lantern Press is supported by the Chicago Community Trust, UBS, and through private donations. More information about that here.


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Kayla Anderson / Liz McCarthy / Rebecca Nakaba

Closing event for If the hours were already counted + Handles Expenditure

Join us on July 28 from 6-9pm for the closing event for Sector 2337’s spring exhibitions, If the hours were already counted by Angelika Markul and Handles Expenditure by Liz McCarthy. Kayla Anderson and Rebecca Nakaba will present writing resonant with Markul’s installation in Sector’s bookstore. Afterwards, McCarthy and Jory Drew will present a live backyard performance, Pulling Handles.

Pulling Handles is a performance in response to Liz McCarthy’s installation Handles Expenditure. This performance explores the traditional method of pulling a handle, practiced and taught by potters for many generations in the United States, and earlier. By replicating this method, McCarthy explores how the body can manipulate material, but also perform as a material. This pulling handles performance exhausts and mutates this craft methodology through a repetitive and performative process, but also explores how altering traditions of crafting can be synonymous with subverting traditions of the body as a racialized, sexualized, commodified fragile material. Clay is often used within a craft tradition, with normalized ways in which the material is used and the forms produced. McCarthy considers many qualities of the body, as a mutable material and form, to share many attributes of clay.

About the performers:

Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer based in Chicago, IL. They have participated in artist residencies and incubators at the Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL;  Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC; ACRE, WI, and Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris. They are a Visual Arts Fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Their work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and abroad including Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography; West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival; Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota; Grey Projects, Tiong Bahru, Singapore; Nối Projects, Hanoi, Vietnam; Johalla Projects, Tritriangle, Comfort Station, Woman Made Gallery, The Nightingale Cinema, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Roman Susan, and LVL3, Chicago, IL. Their writing has been published in Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), the International Awards in Art Criticism (IAAC) compendium (The Royal College of Art), and MU TXT (MU Art Space, Eindhoven), and presented at SIGGRAPH 2014-2015, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the UCSB, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In 2016 they were a participating artist and researcher at the Anthropocene Campus at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin and a Visiting Tutor at the Dutch Art Institute and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. They received a BFA in Fiber & Material Studies and Film, Video & New Media and a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014.

Liz McCarthy’s work explores humans’ physical and psychological relationship to material and how it develops meaning. She considers her own body to be a prominent material in her sculptural and photographic work. In projects over the past few years, she has used clay as a thematic material. It is a material that has developed in the earth over the course of millions of years, used by humans for over 35,000 years, and still used today. Clay is familiar because it is deeply embedded in a humanist tradition, and in some ways synonymous with our own malleable and fragile human bodies. By physically shaping clay and documenting those processes, the artist explores how clay and her own bodily material develop meaning through use and origin, using performative elements to reinscribe meaning.

Rebecca Nakaba is a writer and multimedia artist. She employs the biological and cosmological to show that the boundaries between the physical body and intangible self, and the natural and supernatural worlds are thin and flexible. Specimen collections, mythologies, sublime landscapes, and scientific research are the source materials for her work. She plays with micro- and macroscopic scales to reframe the human experience into one that is less anthropocentric to ask: how do we create (re)union between each other and our environment? Nakaba has received fellowships from the Japan America Society of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned her MFA in Writing. Her work is currently on display at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. 

About the exhibitions:

If the hours were already counted, a single-channel, site-specific video installation in Sector’s main gallery by Angelika Markul. This 2016 film was shot in Naica, Mexico—a crystal cave in the Chihuahua desert. The crystal cave is now closed and no longer accessible to humans. Projected in a site-specific installation, Markul translates and transposes the environment of the cave into Sector 2337’s gallery space to raise questions about scientific technology and aesthetic exploitation. Here, scientists try to move among giant crystals suspected to have formed more than 200,000 years ago. The figures struggle with high temperatures and the 99% humidity while looking for primitive life forms. In this ancient labyrinth, we don’t know if there is a way to get in or get out. Thanks to C/ PRODUCCIONES & PROYECTO NAICA. If the hours were already counted was curated by Caroline Picard.

Handles Expenditure, a site-specific installation in Sector’s Shoebox Gallery by Liz McCarthy. What is whole without a part? What is a part without a whole? In Handles Expenditure McCarthy explores pulled clay handle forms, cast through a traditional wet pulling process performed with her body. Her hand was the tool for making the form, and the traditional handle form was intended to be held by a hand. The protrusions in this installation are represented as forms autonomous from a vessel, rendering them useless, purposeless, access, expenditure. We expect the handle to be mounted, connected, useful in its position to the cup. There are many forms we expect to have use, tireless and familiar, like a body and a vessel, specified rather then ambiguous. A vessel, I expect to contain, and my body seeks to consume the contents. The handle mediates this connection, merging two vessels (body and cup) both forms intended to empty and fill. Handles Expenditure is curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera.

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Elevated Threat Level

A Reading to celebrate Rachel Galvin's new book of poetry

On Friday, Sept 14, 2018 from 7-9pm, the Green Lantern Press is pleased to celebrate its latest release, Elevated Threat Level (July 2018) a new book of poetry by Rachel Galvin. Stay tuned for more details!

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Institutional Garbage

Launch event for Institutional Garbage at the Ace Hotel Chicago

On Oct 19, 2018, we will celebrate the launch of Institutional Garbage. Details about this event are forthcoming.

About the book: Institutional Garbage is an experimental publication that endeavors to grasp the memory, feeling, and trace of an online exhibition that took place in the fall of 2016. The online exhibition presented the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. Contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, obstacle courses, and other fragments were collected to illustrate the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies, to trace the private life of institutional endeavors.

Follow this link to preorder a copy of the book!

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The Fourth Annual Festival of Poets Theater

In Association with Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions Present:

The Fourth Annual Festival of Poets Theater

Curated by Josh Hoglund
December 8th – December 9th, 2018

Continuing its annual tradition, Kenning Editions and the Green Lantern Press will presents its Festival of Poets Theater, curated by Josh Hoglund. Taking place over the course of two evening, participants include Blair Bogin, Joanna Furnans, David Hall and Julia Pello, Lin Hixson, and more.

Stay tuned for more information!

Poets theater is a genre of porous borders, one that emerges about the same time, and involving many of the same artists, as performance art, performance poetry (“spoken word”), conceptual and “intermedia” art. But poets have long been playwrights, either primarily (Sophocles, Shakespeare) or as a platform for postmodern literary experimentation (the operas and page plays of Gertrude Stein, for example). The Festival of Poets Theater will feature performances, screenings and readings over four nights, plus an afternoon of talks on the genre and salient examples of it.

Additional references:
Curatorial Rationale for the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater (2016), by Devin King and Patrick Durgin.
Poets Theater 10 = the newspaper published by Green Lantern Press / Sector 2337 to accompany the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater (2016).