July 13 – August 5
Friday, July 13
6:00pm: ”Pecha Kucha” style presentations (20 images x 20 seconds by each artist)
6:30pm – 9:30pm: Reception
“Configured Spaces” features the work of Lillstreet’s current Artists in Residence. 2012 marks the second group of artists to work at Lillstreet under our more formalized program. Each group of artists has a new perspective on the art making process and an innovative manner in which they challenge us to reexamine the world around us. The 2011-2012 resident artists are acutely aware of how we create narratives, both imagined and real, between ourselves and our environment.
Demonstrated in more literal ways by Elise Glickman through her portrait of Chicago architect, Stanley Tigerman who designed the building in which she resides or her sketchbook titled “How to Spell and Other Things to Learn” which is meant as a guide book of life lessons for her son. Kimberly Pancoast demonstrates this uncertain examination of real/imagined record of information in her created miniature landscapes that document seemingly important data from the space they occupy. In a more conceptual realm, Carisa Mitchell’s documentary photographs of her grandparents home explore how we present ourselves in our private spaces, additionally Matthew Dercole’s imagined creatures act as a proxy, creating a visual record of his personal experience in the world. Kate McQuillen’s x-ray like prints of hidden weaponry, shed light on how danger can lurk in the most unsuspecting of places: each of these artists have the ability to make us aware of illusions and allegories, whether intentional of unintentional, that can occupy the spaces around us.
Since graduating from Duke University (BA, Political Science, 1980,) studies at Corcoran School of Art (1982-83) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, 1986), Elise spent over 13 years in Japan and Mainland China, first studying at Osaka University of Arts (1986-1989), and then working as a writer/ director and on-air talent for Fujian Television in Mainland China. (1990-2000). Back in the U.S., for the past six years, she has been creating figurative work in ceramic clay. She continues to write short stories to incorporate into artwork or for publication. She is also engaged in several site-specific artworks.
Prior to her residency at Lillstreet Art Center, Carisa graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 with a BFA in Photography and a minor in Gender and Women Studies. Since graduating UIC she spend a year working as a photography and digital media teaching assistant at Studio Art Centers International- SACI in Florence, Italy. Carisa has been involved and shown in many group shows around the Chicago land area and in Italy.
Matt received his BA in Studio Art in Ceramics with a minor in Art History from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg PA. He then attended the University of Iowa where he earned an MFA in Ceramics, with minors in Drawing and Metalsmithing. After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia and took a work study position in the galleries at The Clay Studio. He took the position of the Resident Artist in Ceramics at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln NE from Aug 2010-Aug 2011. While there, he taught a ceramics course for Doane College in Lincoln, as well as children and adult classes at the Lux Center. Starting in August Matt will be working with Chicago artist Theaster Gates to build a ceramics studio in the south side of Chicago.
Kimberly Pancoast is from rural Kansas. The backyard of her childhood homeblended with eighty acres of natural prairie grass and was bound by the expansive sky and the endless horizon. The environment of her youth caused her to have deep and profound connections with the beauty and intricacies of the natural world. Pancoast attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Masters of Art in Art Education. She has a BFA in Photography with an emphasis in medical photography from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Kimberly also holds a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas. Kimberly currently lives in Chicago where she teaches art and technology classes to elementary age children.
Kate is a Chicago-based artist working in print, installation, and sculpture. In 2009, she received her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from York University in Toronto. In recent years, she has attended residencies in the U.S. and abroad: Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan, Open Studio in Toronto, Canada, Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium, the Center for Book & Paper Arts in Chicago, and the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. She is represented in Canada by O’Born Contemporary. For the past year and a half, McQuillen has served as the Director of the Chicago Printer’s Guild, an organization that strives to foster community with the graphic arts and promote print culture in the greater Chicago area.
Membership is a unique opportunity to benefit from being a part of the Lillstreet community. Enjoy discounts on classes and at participating art supply stores, VIP invitations to special events, 10% off Lillstreet Gallery purchases, and more!