Announcing: 'Cotton Dreams' by NIC Kay by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Cotton Dreams, a book of multidisciplinary works by NIC Kay. This book will be released in a hardcover first edition this Fall of 2019.

Image © NIC Kay

Image © NIC Kay

ON Cotton Dreams:

COTTON DREAMS is a scrapbook, which utilizes text, collage, and photography to chronicle a series of altering, obscure, and mundane performative moments centering self making in the 21st century whilst still in the shadow of the history of slavery and object-hood. 

For 11 years, NIC Kay has researched + journeyed through cultural conflicts of material desire, sociopolitical struggles for representation in fashion, and the pursuit of a black radical politics beyond aesthetics.

Image © NIC Kay

Image © NIC Kay

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

NIC Kay is from the Bronx.

They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces.

Their work choreographically highlights and meditates on Black life in relationship to space, social structures, and architecture through centering embodied practices. 

They are deeply invested in the act and process of moving, the change of place, production of space, position, and the clarity gained from shifting of perspective.

Their exhibitions, performances, and publications include Deep-Time Construction, CCA Wattis Institute, CA, 2018. AMERICAN REALNESS Festival, Abrons Arts Center, NY, 2018. slothish - where deos it hurt?, MoMA PS.1, 2019. you black + bluised, Abrons Arts Center, 2019. pushit!!, CAC, 2019, CD Zines, Self-published, 2014.

They were a (2018-2019) Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace studio resident .

They have choreographed for and performed in the works of:

Yulan Grant, Bruce Nauman, Lauryn Hill, Lauren Baskt, Jonathan Gonzalez, Keyon Gaskin, Jimmy Robert, A.K. Burns, Rashayla Marie Brown, Elodie Pong, Amina Ross, Rashaad Newsome, Shea Coulee, Ion Lloyd, and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.

NIC Kay have shown work + performed, and taught workshops throughout the United States and Internationally.


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Announcing: 'Imagined Futures' by Rafael Soldi by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Imagined Futures, a book of photographs by Rafael Soldi with a supporting essay by Miguel A. Lopez. This book will be released in a hardcover first edition this Fall of 2019.

Image © Rafael Soldi, from  Imagined Futures

Image © Rafael Soldi, from Imagined Futures

WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR ON Imagined Futures:

I was born in Lima, Perú to a mother and father—themselves children of immigrants. I was aware of my queerness in an abstract sense from an early age. At school, the culture was toxic—the posturing of masculinity was paramount to surviving our teens. I was neither interested nor dexterous at this posturing, and knew early on that whatever society expected of me as a man, I was destined to disappoint. Whether this was true, or a projection of my own fears, I’ll never know—perhaps it was both. I imagined my future often, and it was always one starring me living in the shadows. In my teens I relocated to the US, where I never stopped thinking of the life I may have lived, had I never left.

Comprised of 50 seemingly identical self-portraits, Imagined Futures addresses a concern universal to most immigrants. How do we grieve the life we left behind in order to live this one? What do we do with these haunting visions and questions about the lives we left behind? For two years I used analog photo booths to capture the loss of imagined futures, bidding each farewell in a private ritual. Akin to a confessional, the booths are both witness and complicit in each performance—a small stage for a monumental performance that is private and public all at once. Releasing all formal control, each booth yields a unique image, transforming from a simple picture-making apparatus into a collaborator that makes a likeness of a body mourning in its belly.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, ClampArt, The Print Center, G. Gibson Gallery, Connersmith, Filter Space, and Burrard Arts Foundation, among others. Rafael is a 2012 Magenta Foundation Award Winner, and recipient of the 2014 Puffin Foundation grant, 2015 Portable Works Cultural Perspectives Purchase Grant, 2016 smART Ventures grant, 2016 Jini Dellaccio GAP grant, 2017 CityArtist Projects Grant, and a 2017 & 2019 4Culture Arts Projects Grant. He has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, PICTURE BERLIN, Oxbow Space, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, King County Public Art Collection, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has been published in PDN, Dwell, Hello Mr, Metropolis, GRAY, LUXE, Lagom, among others. His work has been reviewed on ARTFORUM, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Lensculture, Photograph Magazine, The Seen, Art Nexus, OSMOS, and PDN. Rafael is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, a project dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists.

ABOUT THE SUPPORTING WRITER:

Miguel A. López (Lima, 1983). Writer, researcher, and Co-Director and Chief Curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. His work investigates collaborative dynamics and feminist re-articulations of art and culture in recent decades. He has published in periodicals such as Afterall, ramona, E-flux Journal, Art in America, Art Journal, Manifesta Journal, Journal of Visual Culture, among others. He has recently curated “The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War” (with Ruth Estévez and Agustín Díez Fischer), Los Angeles, REDCAT,2017; “Balance and collapse. Patricia Belli, Works 1986-2016” at TEOR/éTica and Fundación Ortiz Gurdián 2016-2017; “Teresa Burga. Structures of Air” (with Agustín Pérez Rubio) at the MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2015; and the project “God is Queer” for the 31th Bienal de São Paulo (2014). In 2016 he was recipient of the Independent Vision Curatorial Award from ICI, New York.


PRE-ORDER: 'While nothing lasts,' by Edward Cushenberry by Candor Arts

While nothing lasts, by Edward Cushenberry is now available for Pre-Order at a discounted price.

Orders will ship the week of July 27th or can be picked up at the release event at Visitor Welcome Center.

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Essay by Oriana Koren

PUBLISHED BY CANDOR ARTS

ISBN 978-1-950615-99-5

Releasing at Visitor Welcome Center in Los Angeles on July 27 2019.

9.5" x 12.75" x .625", 120 pages, photographs and text printed on a HP Indigo 12000 HD.

Japanese silk cloth covers, foil stamped on front and spine, tipped in print on back.

Printed and bound in Chicago. 

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WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR ON While nothing lasts,:

While nothing lasts, is a collection of intimate and sometimes intrusive photographs of my very close friends and family. This project started four years ago at a party, when I made a picture of my friend crying after she told me she wanted to break up with her boyfriend. After that night, I felt compelled to document every moment of my friends' and family's lives—the good and the bad. I wanted to do this to better understand how we collectively cope with life, love, heartbreak and death. Since this project began, I have seen friendships come and go, been witness to pursuits of love, moments of intimacy, joy, and self-reflection, seen rejected inhibitions, consequences of actions, loved ones facing their own mortality while lying in hospital beds. These moments have been lessons in how nothing really lasts, helping me to embrace life as it is. Throughout these experiences, I have found life to have a tendency to be beautiful.

Edward Cushenberry, author of  While nothing lasts,  — Image Credit: Hiroshi Clark

Edward Cushenberry, author of While nothing lasts, — Image Credit: Hiroshi Clark

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Edward Cushenberry is a multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Orange County, CA. He now lives and works in Los Angeles, where he splits his time between photographing those who are close to him and drawing everything else that's going on in his world.

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Announcing: 'While nothing lasts,' by Edward Cushenberry by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of While nothing lasts, a book of photographs by Edward Cushenberry. This 9.25”x12.5” book will be released in a hardcover first edition with a collector’s edition of 10.

Image © Edward Cushenberry, from  While nothing lasts,

Image © Edward Cushenberry, from While nothing lasts,

WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR ON While nothing lasts,:

While nothing lasts, is a collection of intimate and sometimes intrusive photographs of my very close friends and family. This project started four years ago at a party, when I made a picture of my friend crying after she told me she wanted to break up with her boyfriend. After that night, I felt compelled to document every moment of my friends' and family's lives—the good and the bad. I wanted to do this to better understand how we collectively cope with life, love, heartbreak and death. Since this project began, I have seen friendships come and go, been witness to pursuits of love, moments of intimacy, joy, and self-reflection, seen rejected inhibitions, consequences of actions, loved ones facing their own mortality while lying in hospital beds. These moments have been lessons in how nothing really lasts, helping me to embrace life as it is. Throughout these experiences, I have found life to have a tendency to be beautiful.

Edward Cushenberry, author of  While nothing lasts,  — Image Credit: Hiroshi Clark

Edward Cushenberry, author of While nothing lasts, — Image Credit: Hiroshi Clark

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Edward Cushenberry is a multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Orange County, CA. He now lives and works in Los Angeles, where he splits his time between photographing those who are close to him and drawing everything else that's going on in his world.

Follow Edward Cushenberry on Instagram


Candor Arts 2019 Reading Residency Winners by Candor Arts

We are very excited to announce the winners of our third annual Reading Residency: 

Jen Delos Reyes

Reading Residency — Chicago, IL

Jen Delos Reyes ,  2019 Chicago Reading Residency Winner,  Photo credit: Marta Sasinowska

Jen Delos Reyes, 2019 Chicago Reading Residency Winner, Photo credit: Marta Sasinowska

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008-2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States and devised the curriculum that focused on place, engagement, and dialogue.  During that time she also worked with the Portland Art Museum from on a series of programs and integrated systems that allowed artists to rethink what can happen in a museum, and reinvigorate the idea of the museum as a public space.

She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an artist-led initiative, publishing arm, and conference committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. 

Delos Reyes is the author of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, a book exploring the artist impetus toward art and everyday life. Her next book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Public Engagement* *But Were Afraid to Ask, will be released in fall 2019.

Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago.

on working toward social progress, Jen writes:

Since 2006 I have been the unpaid Director of Open Engagement (OE). OE is an artist-led initiative committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. We highlight the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. OE has presented ten conferences in two countries and six cities, hosting over 1,800 presenters and over 7,000 attendees. In addition, OE managed a publishing arm, and assembled a national consortium of institutions, colleges, and funders all dedicated to supporting artists engaged in this necessary and critical work.

OE was the basis of my education, and has been a major foundation of my work as an educator, and artist for the past thirteen years.

Since 2012 I have been tracking how many emails I send related to OE. On average I send 4000 emails a year on this subject alone. In 2014 I sent and archived 4553 emails connected to OE. If I spent an average of 4 minutes per email that would equal 302 hours, which is eight weeks of full-time labor just on emails. And this doesn’t even factor in the emails I write for my full-time job as an administrator.

In all the years I’ve worked on OE there was only one time someone insisted that I be paid for my labor. It was 2014 and I was in a meeting with Tom Finkelpearl representing the Queens Museum and a few others from organizations we were working with that year. Tom said, right now your are the only person at this table not being paid for your work and that is not OK. The budget was amended and I was paid an honorarium through the museum. Imagine how different things would look if there were more people in positions of power at institutions insisting that all the people they work with are paid and valued for their labor?

In 2019 OE is embarking on a research year to re-assess and evaluate the needs of the field. We also just need a fucking break. I used to be proud of the labor of love I poured into OE, and now I’m not. I don't want to uphold and romanticize a lot of the kind of work myself and many others did in order to make a necessary site of care for the field of socially engaged art possible. 

I commend our resourcefulness, and our work ethic, but we modeled an unsustainable system of artist led culture. I don't want artist run to be synonymous with low pay or no pay, and I don't want the cost of finding our community to be at a personal loss. I know that there are better pathways forward forward for artist led culture, and supporting artists and cultural producers working at the intersection of art and activism. It is now a matter of finding those ways forward.

jendelosreyes.com

openengagement.info

 

Jose Luis Benavides

Reading Residency — Valencia, Spain (The Liminal)

Jose Luis Benavides ,  2019 Valencia Reading Residency Winner,   Photo credit: Maria Efting

Jose Luis Benavides, 2019 Valencia Reading Residency Winner,

Photo credit: Maria Efting

Jose Luis Benavides (b. 1986 Chicago, US) is a queer Latinx artist, filmmaker and educator. He recently held his first solo show at Terremoto - La Postal, Mexico City, MX (2018) featuring portions of the experimental documentary project Lulú en el Jardín. His video art has screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Alfredo Zalce, Morelia, MX; the Bernardo Quintana Art Center, MX; and the Museum of Art of Tlaxcala, MX as part of the international festival of video and performance, Homography | Homography (2018). He has also exhibited video work at Dual Gallery, Budapest, HU (2019), Michigan State University’s Union Gallery, Lansing, US (2019); Screen Share Video Gallery - Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, US (2019); and Qalandiya International, Ramallah, PS (2018), The Nightingale (2017); Links Hall (2016). His work has also screened at festivals including CinHomo - Muestra Internacional de Cine y Diversidad Sexual, Valladolid, ES (2019), Cadence Video Poetry Festival, Seattle, US (2019), Collected Voices, Chicago, US (2018); 2nd Floor Rear Festival, Chicago, US (2017); and S2F2: Scored Silent Film Festival, Chicago, US (2013). His videos have also featured on various digital media such as Queer Moving Image Review, US (2018), Video Video Zine, US (2015), and Gothic Angle, UK (2016). Benavides also programs a video-art series called Sin Cinta Previa: Latinx & Queer Archive Video Series which he was awarded a POWER Project grant from the Art Leaders of Color Network (2018). He received an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.

on working toward social progress, Jose writes:

I'm currently the organizer of Sin Cinta Previa, a Latin(a)x and Queer Archive Video Series which ran for 7 days at Comfort Station, Chicago (June 2019) and 2 days at filmfront, Chicago (October 2018). I'm preparing for my next series of screenings across the city, bridging artists from Mexico City and Chicago. This work of place holding and providing platforms for other queer and Latinx artists to dialogue and share their work with wider audience is crucial to my vision of a more just and understanding world. I make art, write and teach in a similar fashion. I offer up my passion for art as a conduit for change and make art which I hope may serve as a catalyst for community building.

My documentary Lulu en el Jardín (about the institutionalization of my lesbian, immigrant, Latina mother in the mid-1970's) is making its European debut at CinHomo festival in Valladolid. I'm thrilled to spend the week in Spain, but this trip cuts right into my time as an adjunct professor at Wilbur Wright College. I'm currently teaching an intro to photography course as well as working at the Back of the Yards public library as a teen services librarian. Both of these jobs are demanding and require that I prepare lessons, program and interact with diverse youth across the city every day. Needless to say, working two jobs doesn't provide a lot of time for my personal reading and research. This residency would be a breath of fresh air and a moment to prepare myself for future syllabus I'm developing, a seminar on Latinx video art history which will tie in a recent research trip I took to Mexico City and my thesis work from my MFA at UIC (2017).


2019 Reading residents: 

The Reading Residents received the highest number of votes from the respective city juries. They will each receive an accommodating residency on a weekend of their choosing, a $150 stipend for reading material + food, and a STILL LEARNING tote including Candor Arts publications.  

Honorable Mentions:

These applicants tied for second place and will receive a gifted book of their choosing.

Bea Cordelia

BEA CORDELIA is an award-winning, Chicago-bred, LA-based, internationally slandered writer, filmmaker, performer, actor, director, producer, educator, and activist whose work uplifts and reimagines the narratives of transgender people. Last year she released her web series the T with co-creator Daniel Kyri, which won a Streamy Award for Best Indie Series, and for which they were named Chicago’s 2018 Filmmakers-in-Residence. Her “life-changing” solo show Chasing Blue has been featured in the iconic Steppenwolf Theatre, as well as seen regional productions in Brooklyn and Minneapolis. In previous years she developed her multimedia installation The Cosmic Body in a residency at the University of Chicago, was made a Luminarts Creative Writing Fellow in poetry, and sued the City of Chicago over an outdated ordinance forbidding the exposure of "the female breast at or below the areola thereof" in establishments with liquor licenses. She is currently penning her first full-length book, a memoir about her life as a trans woman during the Trump years, and just reissued her acclaimed chapbook of poetry, 28.06 // Dear Sylvia, which recounts the history and impact of the Stonewall riots, 50 years ago this June. She is represented by Circle of Confusion and Paonessa Talent Agency. 

See more of her work at www.beacordelia.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @beacordelia.

Danielle McCoy

Danielle McCoy is an artist, mother, educator, writer, and one half of WORK/PLAY. McCoy is a self-taught conceptual artist that intertwines printmaking techniques with sewing, and hand-dyed textiles into her interdisciplinary art practice. Through small run publications and arts programming, she serves to build safe spaces of belonging by incorporating spirituality and intentionality.  As a storyteller, her art books explore gender and identity by addressing issues rooted in race and inequality in America. Each book is designed and created in-house with WORK/PLAY and sold exclusively at Art Book Fairs around the country. 

https://www.w-o-r-k-p-l-a-y.com/

Leila Weefur

Leila Weefur is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from Mills College. She tackles the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Using materials and visual gestures to access the tactile memory, she explores the abject, the sensual and the nuances found in the social interactions and language with which our bodies have to negotiate space.

She is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The Wattis, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical.

Janna Añonuevo Langholz

Janna Añonuevo Langholz is an interdisciplinary artist born and based in St. Louis, MO. She is the founder of Filipino American Artist Directory, an independent initiative to connect and make visible the broad community of visual artists of Filipino American artists living and working in the United States. It aims to increase the recognition of Filipino American artists through an online resource and series of publications, as well as group events and exhibitions, commissioned works, and collaborations with other artists and organizations.

jannalangholz.com / @jannanonymous

filamartistdirectory.com / @filamartistdirectory


We would like to offer our sincerest thanks

to our dear collaborators at The Liminal in Valencia,

and to this year's thoughtful and generous Panel of Jurors:

 

CHICAGO

ANNIE ZEAN DUNBAR

(Chicago, IL) — Researcher and Writer

VIVIAN SMING

(San Francisco, CA) — Artist, Writer, Editor in Chief of Art Practical, Founding Editor of Nonsensical, Founder & Publisher of Sming Sming Books

LA KEISHA LEEK

(Chicago, IL) — Exhibition Organizer; Co-Founder, The Petty Biennial; Arts worker at Project&;  creator of How to Make A Hood (Candor Arts, August 2015)

E.J. HILL

(Los Angeles, CA) — Artist

S.Y LIM 

(Chicago, IL) — Artist, Singer, Executive Director at 062 Gallery

DEVYN LORELEI MAÑIBO

(Chicago, IL) — Artist, Educator, Organizer

FELICIA HOLMAN

(Chicago, IL) — interdisciplinary artist/curator & arts administrator

ELANA SCHLENKER

(Pittsburgh, PA / Brooklyn, NY) — Designer, art director, principal of Studio Elana Schlenker and Out of Office, and publisher of Gratuitous Type

DAVID BELL

(Los Angeles, CA) — Space Operator of Visitor Welcome Center, author of Bye Bye Broadway (Candor Arts, August 2016)

SARA J. WINSTON

(Peekskill, NY) — Artist, author of A Lick and a Promise (Candor Arts, September 2017)

ARIEL GENTALEN

(Chicago, IL) — "Curator," organizer, and skater, Residency & Public Programs Manager @ Hyde Park Art Center

CHRISTOPHER KARDAMBIKIS

(Fairfax, VA) — Artist and Assistant Professor at George Mason University

TARA PIXLEY

(Los Angeles, CA) — Professor, Visual Journalist

PAULA WILSON

(Carrizozo, NM) — Artist and Co-Founder of Carrizozo Artist in Residence and MoMAZoZo

KATIE CHUNG

(Chicago, IL) — Artist

H.M. BATSEL

(Chicago, IL) — Artist

SPAIN

CARMEN ROYUELA

(Valencia, Spain) — Translator

ALEJANDRO GRANERO FERRER

(Valencia, Spain) — Artist and PhD Candidate

CARME MARISCAL

(Valencia, Spain) — Art Historian and Communication Manager

SEBASTIÁN BARRANTE

(Santiago de Chile) —Artist and Editor at Naranja Publicaciones

SEBASTIÁN ARANCIBIA

(Santiago de Chile) — Artist, Architect and Editor at Naranja Publicaciones

PABLO VINDEL

(Valencia, Spain) — Artist, Writer and Co-founder at The Liminal

MARÍA ESPÍ

(Valencia, Spain) — Illustrator, Visual Communicator and Co-founder at The Liminal


Announcing: 'deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL' compiled by Matthew Anderson by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL, a book compiled by artist and filmmaker Matthew Anderson.

This book will be released in conjunction with the LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 11-14. You can find it at the Candor Arts table: L10.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Matthew Anderson’s deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL is a collection of works by queer artists from around the globe. The project was born out of Anderson’s struggle to feel fully connected to the queer community in Los Angeles. By turning to his international peers, this journal came into existence. The project began when Anderson compiled “ruminations and provocations by queer persons with a deep need to act / think / feel in opposition to strict binary systems according to (but not limited by) sexuality, gender, performance or identity.” The numerous contributing artists were given the freedom to submit work in any written format focusing on pondering the many questions that may have crossed their paths in relation to anti-binary modes of life, and its inherent provocation of the existing mainstream narratives and discourse. Anderson’s artist book creates a physical space where different voices of queerness converse, coexist and thrive.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Matthew Anderson is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Los Angeles. His work centers around multiplicity of perspectives and queer experience. He is the creator of ‘deviant proposals’ and writer and director of the feature film Baja Come Down. His film work also includes short, experimental and documentary projects which have shown internationally across Europe, Australia, North and South America. He is co-creator of Shadow Kitchen, a Los Angeles filmmaker collaborative, and co-creator of the LA Cinema Calendar. He holds a BFA from Chapman University.

Image © Matthew Anderson

Image © Matthew Anderson


About the contributors:

AMBROSE DUPREE (THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS AMBER DUPREE)

At this moment in time, Ambrose DuPree is a tiny but mighty Black queer

and genderqueer individual who is from and currently works in Columbus,

OH. They are also fortunate to consider (and want to thank) the many

friends, family, art and community spaces they’ve encountered around

the globe that they call home. They are a filmmaker by trade and an

operations wizard by practice.

ERIN PIKE

Erin Pike is a queer performance artist and writer with a flair for the

feminist, political, and absurd. She is a Simon Rockower Award winner.

HOLLY M. CRAWFORD

Holly M. Crawford is an artist, educator, and lycanthrope living and

working in Los Angeles. Holly works predominantly in collage and uses

found imagery and paper to explore play, magic, and identity. Holly has

exhibited at leiminspace in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Municipal Art

Gallery, The Main Museum, The Nomadic Werewolf Museum, and the

Maryland Institute College of Art.

JUDIT KIS

Judit Kis is a an emerging artist based in Budapest and Berlin. She

received her MA Intermedia Art degree in 2015 at the Hungarian

University of Fine Arts, where she also graduated from Fine Art Theory

and Curating. She also attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and

participated in short residencies and workshops internationally.

In 2016 she had a solo show ‘I Have Never Happened’ at Topic in

Geneva and her works have exhibited in art galleries and institutions

in London, Berlin, Stuttgart, Aarhus and Tallinn. Her works explore

the possibilities of integrating her continuously constructed identity

into society and documenting the stretching of her boundaries when

presented with existential problems or emotionally difficult situations.

Her videos are illustrations of her writings, thoughts and personal

improvement. Her practice is not only a self-healing process, but it

also allows the audience to discover familiar patterns within their own

life experiences concerning human relations and love affairs.

PETER KALISCH

Peter Kalisch is a visual/performance artist based in Los Angeles,

CA. His work attempts to point light to the postmodern condition of

disconnection from shared values, lived intimacy, human connection,

and our physical bodies. His relationship to performance as a medium

comes from the cathartic nature of reconnecting with his physical

vulnerability after a lifetime of upbringing in a first-world capitalist

environment. His work is an attempt at self-awareness and criticality,

an encouragement to others to remove themselves from the pattern

of self-victimization which is so apparent in our society. He promotes

authenticity, vulnerability, honesty and freedom, with an often political

and philosophical edge.

RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES

Rachel Elizabeth Jones is a writer and artist currently based in

Vermont. As a writer, she has contributed to publications including

Hyperallergic, The New Inquiry, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

As an artist, she works to create experience and exchange through

objects, with an inclination towards practices of gleaning, physical and

spiritual reclamation, and concepts of apocalypse. She is also a co-organizer

with nomadic curatorial initiative Overnight Projects.

SAVIO DEBERNARDIS

Savio Debernardis is a multimedia artist and film director currently

living and working in Berlin. His work in essay, video-art, performance

and film, has been shown in institutions and festivals in Europe and

North America. He holds degrees in Art History and Archeology from

the University of Sorbonne Paris-IV, in Fine Art at the Ecole Nationale

Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC) and continues in studies

in film direction at the Konrad Wolf University of film in Babelsberg.

VALENTIN NOUJAÏM

Valentin Noujaïm is a young filmmaker/screenwriter living in Paris,

with Lebanese and Egyptian roots. His work mostly includes fiction &

documentary narratives on 8mm, DV or digital media. His movies often

concern misfits in dystopian and fantastic worlds, always linked with

sexuality & race.

2019 Reading Residency Jury Announced by Candor Arts

2019 reading residency

Panel of Jurors

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CHICAGO

Annie Zean Dunbar

(Chicago, IL) — Researcher and Writer

VIVIAN SMING

(San Francisco, CA) — Artist, Writer, Editor in Chief of Art Practical, Founding Editor of Nonsensical, Founder & Publisher of Sming Sming Books

La Keisha Leek

(Chicago, IL) — Exhibition Organizer; Co-Founder, The Petty Biennial; Arts worker at Project&;  creator of How to Make A Hood (Candor Arts, August 2015)

E.J. Hill

(Los Angeles, CA) — Artist

S.Y Lim 

(Chicago, IL) — Artist, Singer, Executive Director at 062 Gallery

Devyn Lorelei Mañibo

(Chicago, IL) — Artist, Educator, Organizer

Felicia Holman

(Chicago, IL) — interdisciplinary artist/curator & arts administrator

Elana Schlenker

(Pittsburgh, PA / Brooklyn, NY) — Designer, art director, principal of Studio Elana Schlenker and Out of Office, and publisher of Gratuitous Type

David Bell

(Los Angeles, CA) — Space Operator of Visitor Welcome Center, author of Bye Bye Broadway (Candor Arts, August 2016)

SARA J. WINSTON

(Peekskill, NY) — Artist, author of A Lick and a Promise (Candor Arts, September 2017)

Ariel Gentalen

(Chicago, IL) — "Curator," organizer, and skater, Residency & Public Programs Manager @ Hyde Park Art Center

Christopher Kardambikis

(Fairfax, VA) — Artist and Assistant Professor at George Mason University

Tara Pixley

(Los Angeles, CA) — Professor, Visual Journalist

Paula Wilson

(Carrizozo, NM) — Artist and Co-Founder of Carrizozo Artist in Residence and MoMAZoZo

Katie Chung

(Chicago, IL) — Artist

H.M. Batsel

(Chicago, IL) — Artist

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CARMEN ROYUELA

(Valencia, Spain) — Translator

ALEJANDRO GRANERO FERRER

(Valencia, Spain) — Artist and PhD Candidate

CARME MARISCAL

(Valencia, Spain) — Art Historian and Communication Manager

SEBASTIÁN BARRANTE

(Santiago de Chile) —Artist and Editor at Naranja Publicaciones

SEBASTIÁN ARANCIBIA

(Santiago de Chile) — Artist, Architect and Editor at Naranja Publicaciones

PABLO VINDEL

(Valencia, Spain) — Artist, Writer and Co-founder at The Liminal

MARÍA ESPÍ

(Valencia, Spain) — Illustrator, Visual Communicator and Co-founder at The Liminal

Announcing: 'Tentativa de la Razón', in partnership with Naranja Librería y Editorial by Candor Arts

We are thrilled to be venturing on a new long-term co-publishing collaboration with Naranja Librería y Editorial, a Chilean publisher and bookstore dedicated to the creation, marketing and distribution of artist books, object books and experimental publications.

“We understand the book as a cultural medium where content and object are in communion with what the author wants to convey. Our catalog is composed of Chilean and foreign artists who explore the formal possibilities of the book. Naranja is composed by Sebastián Arancibia, architect, and Sebastián Barrante, photographer artist.”

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The first edition produced under this partnership will be Tentativa de la Razón by Sebastián Barrante, debuting this weekend at Codex VII in Richmond, California. 

Tentativa de la Razón is an edition of 14 unique works on paper created by Sebastián Barrante, each encased in a tri-fold windowed portfolio and protective slipcase. Each piece comes with an inventory pamphlet contextualizing the individual work and the complete edition.

Words from the artist about Tentativa de la Razón:

I wrote phrases related to the narration my father told me once about the period he lived at jail, after being imprisoned and tortured by agents of the DINA (Direction of National Intelligence) during the Chilean dictatorial regime (1973-1989). Until the moment of his narration, I had scarce information of his experience, I never wanted to inquire into this period of his life, since I knew it was something painful to remember. Until, due to an investigation about a character which portrayed a political prisoner and that I had to personify while studying theatre, I decided to shyly ask him about how that experience had been. This narration stayed in my mind in phrases, and those phrases are the ones which I started to write, fifteen years later, as a mechanism of mental detachment from this painful experience.

The unknown image that randomly emerges, is what encouraged me to photograph periodically the sediments left by the coffees I drink while I work or think in ideas to carry out. When those residues accumulate in the bottom of the cup, random images are produced, having the virtue—as any other image—of being interpreted. I do not know how to read them, but the fact that they might eventually “tell me something” make them an interesting topic of investigation. This is how, from the digital registration of the sediments left in every cup I drink, I moved to an analogue registration by spreading this sediments in paper pages.

Image or representation of the perceived object that remains in the subconscious. Events that will never be erased from my mind.

Intuitively, I decided to spill the coffee sediment on the paper I was working on and realized that these two creative processes made much sense by being together. I believe that the sensation given by the images formed by the coffee sediment in the paper is related with the intrigue of knowing its meaning and also with my father’s narration which I would like to wipe out.

Thinking the word as the manifest of a subsystem.

Manifesting the phrase as means of thought interlocution.

Thinking the book as an objectual articulation of a mental state.

The book as a support of ideas.

The object as an idea of a book.

The page as body prosthesis.

Thinking the material as textual translation of the word.

Occupying the space as the page of a book.

The object as resignification of the residue.

The residue as reconsideration of support for art.

The residue as image of a reflection of the page.

The reflection(s) as residual text.

The image as residue of my reflection.

The object reconsiders the artistic support to convert it in thinking body.

The word as residue.

About the Artist:

Sebastián Barrante is an artist photographer graduated from the School of Arts of The University of Chile, with later specialization in editorial areas, artistic book binding and exhibition curatorship. These specialties have allowed his professional development in artistic creation with an emphasis on the image and the book; the management of cultural projects related to photography, documental archive and the creative editorial industry.

In the artistic field, his work has moved from his photographic specialization in the digital sphere to the investigation on image in artists’ books. Under this same area, he creates Naranja Bookstore & Editorial (www.naranjalibreria.com), a space of creation, commerce and dissemination of artists’ books, object books and experimental publications. His artists’ book are part of the Fundação Serralves (Porto, Portugal); Archive Artist Publications (Munich, Germany); Cerrillos Contemporary Art Centre (Santiago, Chile); and Bavarian State Library (Munich, Germany).

'Under the Knife' by Krista Franklin now available by Candor Arts

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Recently released in a handbound edition of 500 and a Special Edition of 25, Under the Knife by Krista Franklin is now available for purchase!

ON UNDER THE KNIFE:

Part memoir, part treatise, part collage and experiment, Krista Franklin’s Under the Knife is an excavation; a dig at the sites of the construction and demolition of the poet/artist’s selves.

Franklin plays fast and loose with fact at the crossroads of the history of her maternal line and her own in a ruptured conversation about inheritance and the generational traumas that blossom in the body. Under the Knife hiccups, cross-fades and stops midsentence as Franklin cuts through the illusion of memory, the pathologies of history, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Krista Franklin is a writer and visual artist whose work has appeared in PoetryThe OffingBlack CameraCopper NickelCallalooBOMB MagazineEncyclopediaVol. F-K and L-Z, and the anthologies The End of Chiraq: A Literary MixtapeThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Gathering Ground. Her chapbook of poems, Study of Love & Black Body, was published by Willow Books in 2012.

Franklin is a frequent collaborator with fellow artists, most notably contributing her writing to performances, prints, audio recordings and film voiceovers for the projects of Cauleen Smith; the text of Ayanah Moor’s hand-painted signs for the performance “Untitled (OFFERINGS)”; and poetry for Erin Christovale and Amir George’s catalog Black Radical Imagination (Dominica). Her work is often linked with the cultural movements Afrofuturism and AfroSurrealism, and she was mentioned in Chicago magazine’s “The Next Generation of Chicago Afrofuturism.”

Her work has exhibited at Rootwork Gallery, Produce Model, The Obama Foundation Summit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She is a Cave Canem fellow who holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Under the Knife
125.00

BY Krista Franklin

PUBLISHED BY CANDOR ARTS

Released: December 1, 2018.

[Please note that this book is entirely constructed by hand — during times of high order volume, your book’s ship date may be delayed.]

ISBN: 978-0-9968161-8-2

First Edition of 500.

8.5" x 11" x 2-1/8", 280 pages.

French-link handbound bookblocks coptic-stitched to clothbound hardcover colophon. Paper wrap cover foil stamped on front and spine. Printed on 5 different papers with Indigo 12000, RISO RZ 390U, and Letterpress.

Design by Matt Austin, April Sheridan, Aay Preston-Myint, and Hannah Batsel.

Letterpress by April Sheridan.

Handbinding, RISO printing, Foil stamping and casework by Candor Arts.

A Special Edition of this book comes in a custom clamshell box with an archival print of the artist’s work. Available here in an edition of 25.

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Featured Project: Reap the Whirlwind by Hương Ngô by Candor Arts

 

Reap the Whirlwind

by Hương Ngô

 

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We recently got the opportunity to work with Hương Ngô on an edition of clamshell boxes encasing five volumes of books, each page printed and silkscreened, then handbound, and each cover blind debossed.

This edition of 8 was made in collaboration with Ty Deal of Delicious Design League, who silkscreened every page with thermochromic ink.


Reap the Whirlwind

This artist book serves as the anchor of the exhibition, Reap the Whirlwind, the solo exhibition of artist Hương Ngô just recently on view at Aspect/Ratio. The book is a collection of five handmade volumes with text excerpts from congaï novels that each narrate a different version of the logistical, ethical, and political aspects of the concubine system often practiced between Indochinese women and French men during the colonial period. Though appealing to a pulp fiction readership, each book offers a portrait of a character who is politicized against oppressive forces through her congaïship. Ngô has overprinted the collection with thermochromic ink, preventing the viewer from reading the text until it is touched and implicating them in this matrix of intimacies.

Hương Ngô

Hương Ngô is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice connects the personal and the political, giving material form to histories which have been rendered invisible and interrogating the ideological origins of their erasure. Having grown up as a refugee in the American South, Ngô creates work that reframes the hybrid, the imperfect, and the non-fluent as sites of survival and knowledge. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BFA Fine Arts, 2001), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA Art & Technology, 2004), and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2012). She was recently awarded the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant in Vietnam (2016) for her research, begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France and recently presented at DePaul Art Museum (2017), that examines the colonial history of surveillance in Vietnam and the anti-colonial strategies of resistance vis-à-vis the activities of female organizers and liaisons.

Her work, which has been described as “deftly and defiantly decolonial” by New City and “what intersectional feminist art looks like” by the Chicago Tribune, has been exhibited at the MoMA (2018), MCA Chicago (2004, 2016, 2017), Para Site HK (2017), Nhà Sàn Collective (2016), the Queens Museum (2014), The Kitchen (2011, 2014), and the New Museum (2012) among others. She has been awarded the DCASE Individual Artist Program Grant (2017, 2018), the Illinois Arts Council (2018), Chicago Artists Coalition BOLT residency (2016-17), Rhizome Commission (2011), and has been in residency through the Camargo Foundation Core Program (2018), LATITUDE Chicago (2015), and SOMA Mexico (2014). She has taught at the MoMA, Pratt Institute, and Parsons The New School for Design and is currently Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Learn more about Hương Ngô: huongngo.com

Announcing: 'Cultura y Communidad' by Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Cultura y Communidad, a book compiled by co-founders Lauren M. Pacheco and Peter Kepha with co-organizer Edward 'Magic' Calderon of Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival

This book has been rescheduled for a Spring 2019 release

It will be produced in a hardcover clothbound edition of 200 copies. 

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Peter Kepha and Lauren Pacheco, co-founders of Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival

ON Cultura y Communidad:

This publication is concerned with documenting the existence of a Midwestern Lowrider culture, stories and histories.  In partnership with Candor Arts, a retrospective monograph as presented by the Pilsen-based Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival that celebrates both identity and objects through visual and physical representations in order to forward the argument that the expression of identity is the telos of Lowrider art and culture.

The festival's co-founders Peter Kepha and Lauren M. Pacheco, along with a team of collaborative creatives and academics—Edward ‘Magic’ Calderon, Max Herman, Matt Austin, Dr. Ben Chappell—were 2018 Propeller Fund recipients.  Propeller Fund is jointly administered by Gallery 400 and Threewalls and funded through the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

In 2018, Lauren M. Pacheco received a research grant awarded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) in support of documenting and celebrating collective creative practices and the artistic expression evident in Lowrider community and culture.  

In partnership with BOOMBOX, Chicago's first shipping container pop-up shops developed, designed and built by a woman owned team, Slow&Low will curate a week-long pop-up showcasing art and vintage objects as well as other curiosities from August 20th - August 27th at 725 West Randolph Street (corner Randolph and Halsted). This site is presented by Related Midwest, EQUINOX and LatentDesign. 

Pre-orders for this book will be available at this year's festival. 

Photo © Nick Lipton, from  Cultura y Communidad

Photo © Nick Lipton, from Cultura y Communidad

ABOUT Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival:

Slow&Low is a curated one-day outdoor street-based festival celebrating Lowrider culture—master craftsmen, innovative mechanics, custom pinstripers, muralists and other enthusiasts who contribute to the overall visual aesthetics of a thriving Midwestern sub-culture. Not to be confused with an auto show, this community-cultural event presents and explores notions of car culture as an authentic form of folk art in the public sphere—a way of celebrating beauty, self-expression and worth.

In 2017, over 5,000 people, young and old, walked a street filled with vintage and stylized automobiles and bicycles, danced to local deejay talent spinning hip hop, house, rockabilly and soul, and watched as cars hopped and cruised and were entertained by mariachis, folkloric dancers and a marching band.

Slow&Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival is co-founded by siblings—Peter Kepha and Lauren M. Pacheco. Both are third-generation Mexican-Americans born and raised in Brighton Park, a community on Chicago’s southwest side and proud Chicago Public School graduates. Their history runs deep in Chicago's communities having parents hailing from Pilsen and LeClaire Courts public housing in Archer Heights. 

Photo © Nick Lipton, from  Cultura y Communidad

Photo © Nick Lipton, from Cultura y Communidad


Celebrating Two Years of Books and a New Studio! by Candor Arts

We are excited to share the work made over the past two years of collaborations and welcome you to spend time with them, us, and celebrate a little bit!

Candor Arts is indeed growing older and a little bigger, as we have recently moved into a new studio! We will continue to provide our same publishing and production services at our new storefront address: 3306 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. 

Additionally, we are now able to offer regular open hours for you to come hang out with all of our past projects (as well as our inspiration library) every first Saturday of the month between 12 PM and 4 PM.

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY AND HOUSEWARMING PARTY!

SUNDAY, JULY 29TH, 2018

2 PM TO 8 PM

RSVP on Facebook

There will be snacks, drinks, and books. 

Announcing: 'Under the Knife' by Krista Franklin by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Under the Knife, a book authored by Chicago-based poet and artist Krista Franklin.

Due to release in Fall of 2018, this book will be produced in an edition of 500 copies.

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Krista Franklin in Martinique, photo © Alexandria Eregbu

ON Under the Knife:

Part memoir, part treatise, part collage and experiment, Krista Franklin’s Under the Knife is an excavation; a dig at the sites of the construction and demolition of the poet/artist’s selves.

Franklin plays fast and loose with fact at the crossroads of the history of her maternal line and her own in a ruptured conversation about inheritance and the generational traumas that blossom in the body. Under the Knife hiccups, cross-fades and stops midsentence as Franklin cuts through the illusion of memory, the pathologies of history, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

© Krista Franklin, from  Under the Knife

© Krista Franklin, from Under the Knife

ABOUT The Author:

Krista Franklin is a writer and visual artist whose work has appeared in Poetry, The Offing, Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, BOMB Magazine, Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K and L-Z, and the anthologies The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Gathering Ground. Her chapbook of poems, Study of Love & Black Body, was published by Willow Books in 2012.

Franklin is a frequent collaborator with fellow artists, most notably contributing her writing to performances, prints, audio recordings and film voiceovers for the projects of Cauleen Smith; the text of Ayanah Moor’s hand-painted signs for the performance “Untitled (OFFERINGS)”; and poetry for Erin Christovale and Amir George’s catalog Black Radical Imagination (Dominica). Her work is often linked with the cultural movements Afrofuturism and AfroSurrealism, and she was mentioned in Chicago magazine’s “The Next Generation of Chicago Afrofuturism.”

Her work has exhibited at Rootwork Gallery, Produce Model, The Obama Foundation Summit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She is a Cave Canem fellow who holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

© Krista Franklin, from Under the Knife


Recently in the studio: Barbara Jones-Hogu: RESIST, RELATE, UNITE with the DePaul Art Museum by Candor Arts

We recently had the privileged opportunity to work with Julie Rodrigues-Widholm and Mia Lopez of the DePaul Art Museum on the institution's most recent monograph Barbara Jones-Hogu: RESIST, RELATE, UNITE

Barbara Jones-Hogu was a central figure of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Throughout her career she worked in painting, printmaking, film, education, and has contributed to major projects including Chicago’s Wall of Respect mural. This was her first solo museum exhibition featuring works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints.

On the occasion of the exhibition Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite, the museum published the first monograph on the artist’s work. The publication features texts by art historian Rebecca Zorach, Tate Modern Curator of International Art Zoe Whitley, and artist Faheem Majeed.

This book was published in an edition of 500. 

We designed and produced this publication with a heavy focus on honoring Barbara Jones-Hogu's skillful work and dedication to the medium of screenprinting.

In collaboration with Delicious Design League, the cover fabric was silkscreened with two colors, foil stamped once, and wrapped by hand in our studio. Lowitz and Sons printed the interior of the book and smythe-sewed the book blocks. All foil stamping and casebinding were done by hand in our studio. 

We recently co-published a small special edition with the DePaul Art Museum of 10 copies available in a blind-debossed custom clamshell box. It is now available in our shop. 

It is now available for purchase through our online shop:

Announcing: 'T by Trace' by Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community & Environment by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the release of T by TRACE, an art/cookbook authored collaboratively by participants in the TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community & Environment) program at Hamilton Park in Chicago’s Englewood community. 

This book has been rescheduled for a Spring 2019 release

It will be produced in a handmade edition of 75 copies designed by the teens of the TRACE program, produced by Candor Arts.

Image:  TRACE Teens working on book design at Candor Arts.

Image: TRACE Teens working on book design at Candor Arts.

ABOUT T By TRACE:

Exploring the culinary and agrarian traditions embedded in Chicago’s southside, T by TRACE combines the family narratives of southside youth with profiles of Englewood gardeners, growers and environmental activists as a form of creative ethnography disrupting contemporary narratives of Chicago’s Black communities as inherently violent, disconnected and unresourced.

Notes on the above images: Graphic design image created by Dartony "Tiny" Wright in collaboration with artist Leah Gipson, a visiting artist for TRACE. The context of the design (according to Tiny) represents community bonding and ideas around food sustainability. 

The photo collages were made using the teens' family photographs to enforce the importance of family histories/narratives and shared identities. 

ABOUT TRACE: 

TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community & Environment) is a civic leadership and community curatorial job training program of the Chicago Park District headquartered at Hamilton Park Cultural Center in the Englewood community.  Using the practice of Creative Activism, TRACE shows teens how to leverage the arts to engage, inspire and persist for positive change within ourselves and our communities.

During the spring of 2018, ten TRACE interns worked with teaching artists Concitta Cavin and Zakkiyyah Najeebah to conceptualize, research, produce and design what they envision as a celebration of the ways food and our relationship with the land has been and can be a balm for we descendants of The Great Migration searching for resiliency within the urban landscape.

As an extension of the teens exploration of environmental activism and food, TRACE also invited guest artist Leah Gipson to guide a textile workshop in which teens were encouraged to use designs and patterns as a means to communicate ideas that enforce their definitions of imagination, community, and shared identities. Exercising the importance of shared narratives and family, several of our teens submitted family photographs to activate questions regarding the Black family photo archive, informal archiving practices, and the overall concept of “family”.

 
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Follow TRACE on Instagram: @teensreimaginin

 

Recently In the Studio: Green Zones with Jenny Kendler by Candor Arts

Recently, we've had the pleasure of working in collaboration with artist Jenny Kendler and The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on GREEN ZONES, a multi-faceted community project headed by Jenny Kendler aimed to share and protect the unique tropical dry forests found in Nosara, Costa Rica. The NRDC is an organization that works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Jenny Kendler on GREEN ZONES

As Artist in Residence with non-profit NRDC, I was asked to create a project inspired by this unique ecosystem. Generously supported by the Pacific Foundation, two research trips in the rainy season of 2015 and dry season of 2016 immersed me in this region’s globally rare tropical dry forests. Unlike the vanished jungles of nearby towns, these forests which are known colloquially as the Zonas Verdes or Green Zones, had been spared through lucky circumstance. Without the federal protection provided to the nearby Ostional Wildlife Reserve, a diligent community group called the Nosara Civic Association, has managed to defend these lands—and the old-growth trees and multitude of species they contain—from the pressures of development for 40 years.
To encourage more people to intimately experience these special forests, as a way to create understanding and care, myself and my collaborators organized a series of free walks led by mindfulness professionals and conservation biologists. During these walks, community members were asked to make a photograph—using their camera to re-sensitize rather than dull their vision. Alongside a poem written for the book by Dave Snyder, the community’s photographs were compiled into this handmade artist book, entitled GREEN ZONES: Moments of Wonder in the Forests of Nosara, co-designed and published by Matt Austin of Candor Arts.
Created in accordance with the underlying ethos of the project, these bilingual books were printed with an eco-friendly inking process on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, include hand debossed, foil-stamped and letterpressed elements—and were handbound in the Candor Arts studio in Chicago.

The book exists in 3 editions: a softcover, hardcover and clamshell collector's edition. 

Profits from the book support the Nosara Civic Association’s work to protect the Green Zones into the future for humans and non-humans alike.

The first edition of this book was produced in a paperback edition of 250 copies that were delivered to the Nosara Civic Association, the sales of which went entirely to supporting their efforts. 

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We also produced in hardcover edition of 50 copies that include letterpressed bookmarks printed by April Sheridan and translucent holographic foil stamped covers. This edition is available in our shop, half of the proceeds help support the Nosara Civic Association. 


Lastly, we produced a special collector's edition of 5 custom clamshell boxes that fit the hardcover artist book, a letterpressed card printed by April Sheridan, and a unique sculptural eyeglass piece by Jenny Kendler. This special edition is available in our shop, and half of the proceeds help support the Nosara Civic Association. 


Pre-Order: falling is the one thing i by Korde Arrington Tuttle by Candor Arts

falling is the one thing i by Korde Arrington Tuttle is now available for pre-order!

Please join us for the NYC private release event on the evening of May 31. 

To receive event details, please RSVP your party to info@candorarts.com

 

ON FALLING IS THE ONE THING I:

Placing haiku and photography in conversation with one another, falling is the one thing i is a cumulative, seventeen-syllable exercise in surrender; an active practice of yielding to physical, emotional, and psychological environments. Spanning 2015-2017, it is comprised of poems and images, ranging in subject from the follies of institutional oppression to love in the afterlife, through a black, queer intersectional lens. This collection is an intimate inquiry into the body, dreamscapes, and the aesthetic force of sidewalk stains.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Korde Arrington Tuttle is a multi-disciplinary artist hailing from Charlotte, NC. With a primary focus in theatre and performance, his work has been developed and seen at the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, Active Culture at JACK, The Each-Other Project, OnQ Productions, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference, and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Korde is a proud recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected a finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play clarity won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and will appear in Samuel French’s successive anthology. Korde’s plays + poetry have also been published by Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival, and The Tenth Magazine. Korde is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater and received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School.

LEARN MORE ABOUT KORDE AT HTTP://HEYKORDE.TUMBLR.COM/ 

FOLLOW HIS WORK ON INSTAGRAM VIA @HEYKORDE.


Announcing 'narrow distances' by Ka-Man Tse by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the release of narrow distances, a book of photographs by Brooklyn-based visual artist Ka-Man Tse. This monograph is due to release in July of 2018. 

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On Narrow Distances

My image-making begins from that tension between longing and belonging, place and placelessness. In narrow distances I am asking questions of home, identity, community, and subject-hood. What does it mean to look, who has the right to look, what does it mean to be seen? My photographs address a desire to negotiate multiple and diasporic identities and are made within the intersection of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and LGBTQ communities, and made through a queer lens.

The photographs aim to establish a sense of possibility in the context of a contingent, post-colonial, pre-2047 Hong Kong in constant flux and transition. The book opens with images from the decommissioned airport, Kai Tak, and from those pictures, emerge the portraits.  Possibilities start with small gestures, clear or coded. The project places the protagonists within and against the landscape. The portraits center those who are often marginalized and invisibilized, taking care of Hong Kong, each other and their own communities they have built, occupying and queering space, time, and gesture. In the contested and contingent spaces in the home, in the public realm, occupying a space and a conversation is an act. My images take place in this potentiality of the in-between and the everyday. They are made out of a need to occupy the landscape, space, and frame; to establish a sense of personal space and agency where it is often contested and eroded, even within the spaces of the in-between, and of contingency, subtraction and redevelopment, a city is in transition; a body and one’s identity is in transition. Who can claim ownership, who can love or belong; who retains a memory, what does a future look like and who does it include?  Is an interregnum possible?

My process involves re-imagining, revisiting, collaboration and long-engagement. The portraits are made through conversations and interviews around personal histories, identity and place, visibility and community. Using mostly a view camera (with two sides per film holder), my photographs propose B-sides: queer narratives and obsessions. The images are built. In a culture and economic system where speed and efficiency are valued above all else, I deploy a 4x5 camera so we can be deliberate, breathe together, slow time together. I recast this world to see it re-imagined, with my protagonists, and kinfolk: both inherited and created.

Image © Ka-Man Tse from  narrow distances

Image © Ka-Man Tse from narrow distances

About Ka-Man Tse

Ka-Man Tse (b. Kowloon, Hong Kong) is a photographer, video artist and educator. She received an MFA from Yale University, and a BA from Bard College.  She has exhibited her work at the Lianzhou Foto Festival in Guangdong, China; Para Site in Hong Kong, the 2016 Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival, and Videotage's Both Sides Now III – Final Frontiers in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and the United Kingdom. U.S. shows include the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, NY, the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Palm Springs Art Museum, Cornell University, Capricious Gallery, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the Eighth Veil in Los Angeles. She has mounted solo shows at Lumenvisum in Hong Kong, the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA and the New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch. She was a SPARC Artist-in-Residence through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and completed the Artist in the Marketplace Program through the Bronx Museum of Arts. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Robert Giard Fellowship, and a 2017-2018 Research Award from Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her photographs have appeared in Monocole, Papersafe Magazine, Newspaper, GR-09022017 published by Skreid in Oslo, Norway, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Capricious Magazine, O Magazine, Performa 07: Everywhere and All at Once, Salon, Huffington Post, Slate, Hyphen Magazine, Time Out New York, Time Out Hong Kong, and Ming Pao. Her work is currently on view in the group exhibition Queering Space at Alfred University. This spring her work be included in the forthcoming WMA Masters Exhibition, Transition, in Hong Kong. She is co-curating Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography at the Leslie-Lohman Museum with Matt Jensen, opening in June 2018. She currently teaches at Yale University and at Parsons School of Design.


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April 13 — Chicago reception for 'Anthology 2014-2016' by Tony Lewis by Candor Arts

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the release of Anthology 2014-2016, a publication of poetry by Tony Lewis.

Please join us for a cocktail reception to celebrate the release of this publication:

April 13, 7-11 pm — 3217 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

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On Anthology 2014-2016

Anthology 2014-2016 is a collection of thirty-four poems written by Tony Lewis between 2014 and 2016, and was produced on the occasion of an exhibition Anthology 2014-2016, a corresponding group of thirty-four collages at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 2018. It also marks the conceptual completion of the collages that are themselves a collection of smaller text drawings culled from the pages of Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip by Bill Watterson. Each collage was part of the writing process, and represents a tangible commitment to the words that make each poem. The publication is the liberation of original writing, and a personal commitment to understanding the relationship between drawing, collage, and writing.

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Anthology 2014-2016 is a 7"x9" softcover book of 40 pages staple-bound with risograph white ink covers. The edition of 500 comes in three color combinations. 

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About Tony Lewis

Tony Lewis (1986, L.A.), currently lives and works in Chicago. Solo exhibitions of his work have been recently held at the Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Massimo de Carlo, London; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He has participated in recent group exhibitions at Boston University Art Galleries; Aspen Art Museum; HOME Manchester, UK; LAXART, Los Angeles; Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine. He is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, where his work is on view in a site-specific project through June 2018, and his work is currently on view in the solo exhibition Anthology 2014-2016 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.


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