Contemporary film, performance, installation, photography and animation.
Stephanie Burke was born in Nevada City, CA in 1984. She received her BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from Humboldt State University in 2007, and her MFA in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Currently she lives in Chicago with her husband Jeriah, makes work, teaches, writes for Bad at Sports, is Editor-in-Chief of Art Talk Chicago, works as Managing Editor and Director of Operations at Chicago Art Magazine, as well as maintaining her own blog, The Gallery Crawl and So Much More. When not making, teaching, looking at, or writing about art, she enjoys running around in the woods, drinking beer by bonfires, crazy quilting and target shooting.
Annie Heckman is a visual artist based in Chicago. Her work explores mortality and afterlife ideologies through sculptural animation installations and works on paper. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MFA from New York University, both in Studio Art. Annie has exhibited her projects in numerous spaces, including exhibitions in Chicago, New York City, Budapest, and Białystok, Poland. Her recent projects include animation installations using phosphorescence and moving parts. She is the founder of StepSister Press and works as a museum educator with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Tom Burtonwood is an artist originally from the UK living and working in Oak Park, IL. He is interested in an array of subjects and issues relating to image making, ubiquitous technology and interactive objects. Currently he is working on a series of modular color studies relating to the video game Tetris. Recent exhibitions include The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; Three Walls, Chicago; Fountain, Brooklyn; Apex Art, New York. Burtonwood teaches at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jacob C Hammes is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist whose range of projects investigate the strained relationships and sites of interaction between humans and the natural world. Hammes is primarily interested in emphasizing the disconnection between the desire to emulate nature and our ability to understand it. Primarily using sculpture, digital media, and hypnosis, Hammes attempts to reveal the struggle to connect with our own animal identity. Hammes has exhibited and performed extensively throughout the midwest and internationally. Hammes' work and various projects have been reviewed in publications such as Art Papers, Proximity Magazine, and the Leonardo Music journal.
Sound and Technical Direction by Nicholas O’Brien
Crevice interlaces a mass of separate, idiosyncratic images that together,
function as an organic whole. By drawing directly onto the surface of 16mm
clear leader, and then capturing the projected film with digital video, individual
moments of time and thoughts are transported into a broader cognitive realm.
The result is a mesmerizing, undulating abstraction that speaks to a more
universal human feeling. The reoccurring circular motif, featured in Crevice, is
a signifier for the human form and directly references Reverse Transcriptase,
an enzyme most commonly used by retroviruses such as HIV, that transcribes
single strand RNA into double stranded DNA. This animation invokes my
infatuation with mortality and the prevalence of accelerated life processes in
By incorporating a variety of processes and my interest in the sensation of touch and gesture, my work explores the complicated vocabulary of modern abstraction. My work is as much about the particularities of the materials used and whether they are borrowed from popular, indigenous, or alien contexts, as it is about assembling those materials into socio-cultural narrative structures. I purposefully set up situations of physical and psychological tension through the juxtaposition of contrasting components to explore the contingencies of structure and form within the conﬁnes of a given space. In this vein, my work has no particular dominant visual reference, but moves ﬂuidly between invocations of landscapes, the openings of the body, architectures and cellular compositions. I envision my work as ﬁrst and foremost being a representation of psychic spaces and abstracted histories as manifest in the material world. Drawing is the core of my practice around which other projects rotate. Drawings are constructed in both two and three dimensions utilizing traditional drawing materials in conjunction with resources such as wire, wood, and fragments of clothing. Matt and reﬂective surfaces are stitched, glued, nailed, and taped together in densities of black, creating images, which slip between abstraction and ﬁguration. The images
grow according to a subconscious organization of line; the process is methodical, and dependent on an innate aesthetic association. Drawings have recently evolved into multimedia installations, which project a trajectory of forms examining borders and boundaries both actual and theoretical, of cultures, races,lands, and bodies. Such works intermingle the political and the personal, creating a moving arrangement of metaphors, which imply a history of occurrences, desires, sexual encounters, and loss.
Born in England and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Fraser Taylor is an interdisciplinary visual artist who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in printed textiles from Glasgow School of Art, Taylor continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London where he earned a Master of Arts. In 1983, upon completion of his studies, Taylor and three colleagues co-founded The Cloth, a creative studio focused on exploring ﬁne art and design practices and their particular application to contemporary textile design and production. Works from The Cloth are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Art Institute of Chicago. The Cloth disbanded in 1988. Concurrent with and following Taylor’s involvement with The Cloth, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including Jill George Gallery, StART SPACE, and Fine Art Consultancy in London; The Mackintosh Museum at Glasgow School of Art; Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh; Gallery Boards in Paris; Galeria Jorge Alcolea in Madrid; Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney; Axis Gallery, Gallery Aoyama, Sigacho Bis, and SPICA Art in Tokyo; Thomas McCormick Gallery, Bucket Rider Gallery, Alfedena Gallery, mn Gallery, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; Evanston Arts Center in Evanston, Illinois; Foster Gallery, HAAS Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin; Sybaris Gallery and Linda Ross Contemporary in Detroit; and Aurobora Press in San Francisco. Since 1983, Taylor has lectured at leading ﬁne art and design institutions of higher learning, including Goldsmiths, University of London, the Royal College of Art, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. In 2001 he was appointed the Visiting Artist in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he continues to serve as a faculty member.