RESIDE: F4F FEATURED ARTIST SERIES
RESIDE is a five-month series of programs featuring five of Chicago's most innovative emerging artists, all of whom happen to be native Chicagoans. For our inaugural series, we are honored to feature work by Silvia Gonzalez, Imani Elizabeth Jackson, Angela Davis Fegan, Jared Brown and Luis Mejico.
Each month is dedicated to an individual artist's visions and passions. F4F provides RESIDE artists an avenue to engage in creative practice and community-building through artist-led, and neighborhood driven making.
RESIDE artists have the opportunity to utilize our space and resources in a creative way of their choosing over the course of this one month period. This may look like a one week exhibition, a series of performances, a curated series of screenings, a combination of the aforementioned formats or something completely new. Each artist is provided with hands-on production support from a member of the F4F Team (Ally Almore, Jory Drew, AJ McClenon, Zach Nichol and Amina Ross) .
F4F is especially interested in site-specific work that responds to the delightful peculiarities of our space. F4F is interested in projects that address femininity, domestic space and the context of our neighborhood and community: Little Village.
January, 2018 | SILVIA GONZALEZ
Silvia Gonzalez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator in Chicago actively participating in spaces where collective wellness takes on critical dialogue, art making, and community building. Her visual and audio work are a ballad to nostalgia, the borderline between myth and memory keeping--navigating both personal and political entities interlocked at a crossroads. Silvia has curated workshops to address structures of power, imagination, play, confinement, and freedom. Her work has been exhibited at Woman Made Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, ACRE, and local grassroots art spaces. She is a member of the Chicago ACT Collective, Multiuso, and the 96 ACRES Project. As an organizer for the group POC (People of Color) Artist Space, she connects artists of color from across Chicago to resources through meet-ups and development opportunities. She fiercely believes in the power of people, poetic intervention and intentional possibility.
Silvia's work will be supported by F4F team member Ally Almore.
February, 2018 | IMANI ELIZABETH JACKSON
"I have a wonderful family including poet/dancer/film-making aunts who push me even though sometimes I don't like it. I make work about them, and about geography, belonging, and unclaimable things. I have some pieces in Cold Cube 002, The Teal Ceramic, and Gramma Weekly, and I'm working on what might be a chapbook, might be a full manuscript. I recently started a press called Conjugation; it's devoted to work/writing that is many-tongued and many-placed."
-IMANI ELIZABETH JACKSON, 2017
Imani's work will be supported by F4F member Zach Nichol
March, 2018 | ANGELA DAVIS FEGAN
Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parson’s School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Angela has mounted shows at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward Gallery, Galerie F, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, the DePaul Art Museum, The Center for Book Arts (NY) and the Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been selected for book covers including How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps by Laura Yes Yes, The Truth About Dolls by Jamila Woods, Secondhand by Maya Marshall, Where Brooklyn At by Roger Bonair-Agard and the upcoming All Blue So Late by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell. Her work has been written about in The Offing (LA Review of Books), Hyperallergic, Chicago Magazine, the RedEye and the Chicago Reader.
Angela's work will be supported by F4F team member Amina Ross.
April, 2018 | JARED BROWN
"I am an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. My work constructs a mythology around my origins and archives my existence as a black celestial being. In recent work, I have been broadcasting audio and text based work through the radio, in live DJ sets, and on social media. I consider myself a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah's description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, I make archeological digs for fragments of black American subculture, history and technology. I repurpose these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital, immaterial space. I am interested in exposing the contradictions and complexity within black American subculture. I consider these gaps and slippages as a type of code that holds the key to a personal and collective future. I hold a BFA in video from the Maryland Institute College of Art and moved back to Chicago in 2016 in order to make and share work that directly relates to my personal history."
- JARED BROWN, 2017
Jared's work will be supported by F4F team member AJ McClenon.
May, 2018 | LUIS MEJICO
Luis Mejico is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator. Xe has performed and exhibited work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Queens Museum in New York, Mana Contemporary Chicago, Links Hall, Zhou Brothers Art Center, The Oak Park Art League, The Uptown Arts Center, and Jan Brandt Gallery, among others. Xe recently curated NINETEEN: THE REUP, an exhibition of marginalized artists for the Chicago Loop Alliance’s ACTIVATE series. Xis first solo show, I will hurt you, recently opened in February 2017. Mejico just finished a summer-long fellowship at Oxbow, and will begin a curatorial project with AIR Gallery in New York.
Luis' work will be supported by F4F team members Jory Drew and Tulsi McDaniels