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Opening Reception: Hayden, King, Sifuentes
Opening reception for three exhibitions!
-Erin Hayden: Flower-o’-the-Moon
-Jonah King: All My Friends Are In The Cloud
-Aram Han Sifuentes: We Are Never Never Other
The reception is free and open to the public.
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Programs at University Galleries are funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
“Flower-o’-the-Moon” premieres six new paintings and a video by Illinois State University alumna Erin Hayden. Influenced by fairytales and storytelling, the works address the artist’s Irish ancestry, Celtic goddesses, girlhood, and the symbolism of water. Equally versed in the creation of digital and analog images, the Chicago-based artist exploits the possibilities of online searches and photo editing software for her (often) multi-layered digital collages. She then prints them onto fabric and applies a range of painted surfaces, including shiny globs of acrylic and airy clouds of spray paint. The resulting works include surprising juxtapositions that embrace cuteness and absurdity while also prompting deeper consideration of how we access information and meaning.
“All My Friends Are In The Cloud” presents a video-sculpture and new interactive installation by New York-based Irish artist and filmmaker Jonah King. In the artist’s words, the work “celebrates the resilience of human tenderness within the sleepless mechanisms of digital technology.” The project examines the contradictions of connection in an age when human intimacy is often at odds with our “always-on” digital realities. The show centers on an ever-expanding digital archive viewed via a pillar of monitors. Images of people embracing gently spin and scroll upward like video clips in a social media feed. As the images ascend, they unfurl into a whirl of digital fragments. By the time each embrace reaches the top of the screen, its image has disintegrated completely.
“We Are Never Never Other” brings together three of Aram Han Sifuentes’ projects for the first time: Protest Banner Lending Library, U.S. Citizenship Test Sampler, and A Mend. Rooted in her experiences as an immigrant from South Korea, the artist developed her community-based textile projects to confront social justice issues including racial equity, economic disparities, and political disenfranchisement. She writes, “Much of my communal work revolves around sharing skills as a point of connection. We share sewing techniques to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest.”
Image details: left to right
Erin Hayden, “Fiona Malcom and the water” (detail), 2019. Acrylic on dyed fabric, 42 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Jonah King, “All My Friends Are In The Cloud” (detail), 2017 – present. Online archive. Courtesy of the artist.
Aram Han Sifuentes, “Protest Banner Lending Library”. Photo credit: eedahahm.