Artists at Work Forums
Global Thinking: Expanded Practice
January 19, 6:00 p.m.
Learn about sourcing materials, finding inspiration and opportunities through residencies, exhibitions, collaborations and self-directed study through the practices of three Chicago-based artists -- Michelle Feder-Nadoff, LaShawnda Crowe Storm and Michael Thompson -- who approach their work from a global perspective.
Michelle Feder-Nadoff's sculpture and installation practice have grown to encompass documentary videography and publishing since her apprenticeship with the traditional coppersmiths of Santa Clara del Cobre in Michoac?n, M?xico. Huele de Noche / Night Blooming Jasmine, Feder-Nadoff's new video, premiers at the Gene Siskel Film Center this month. Founder of the Cuentos Foundation, Feder-Nadoff creates and facilitates collaborative and community-based artist projects crossing disciplines and cultures, giving voice to the stories (cuentos) of diverse communities.
The thematic and logistical implications of expanding a national practice internationally will be addressed by LaShawnda Crowe Storm. Storm's recent residency at Funda??o Sacatar in Brazil enabled her to expand the dialogue she'd built in her Lynch Quilt Project, working with a national network of textile artists and churches on issues of lynching. In Brazil, she took her interest in community, history and textiles to examine the ramifications of the legacy of slavery in the "New World."
Michael Thompson's notorious stamp art projects as well has his toy-inspired sculptures and elegant kite constructions, rely on an international network of collaborators, guides, and suppliers. His travels - to China, Turkey, Russia, Mexico and elsewhere -- provide fodder for projects, source arcane materials, illuminate techniques and aesthetic distinctions, as well as provide rollicking stories of danger, intrigue and exquisite beauty.
Addressing current issues of interest and concern in Chicago's art community, Artist at Work Forums invite artists, advocates, and related professionals to discuss the current state of creative living in Chicago. AAWF are made possible through the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Chicago Cultural Center -- 1st Floor Garland
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