Lillstreet Emerging Artists Lecture Series
The Spirit of the Time
"No man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit." -- George Hegel
The philosopher Georg Hegel believed that art reflects the culture in which it was created. Artists serve as cultural barometers-- the first to be aware of and to evaluate larger societal trends. The Lillstreet Art Center is proud to bring the forefront of Chicago’s contemporary art scene to you each month through the new Lillstreet Emerging Artists Lecture Series. A sampling of local filmmakers, sculptors, painters, and photographers are selected to present and discuss their work in the new Lillstreet Loft space. The 45 minute presentations will be followed by a Q and A and reception. The Lillstreet Emerging Artists Lecture Series is the project of the 2012-2013 Painting and Drawing Artist-in-Residence, Gwendolyn Zabicki.
This series is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, January 23rd at 7pm, Film/Video
Stephanie Tisza is a media artist whose work lies between document and artifice. Her intimate works are motivated by an interest in alienation, fantasy and escapism.
Stephanie Tisza grew up in a working class neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago. Her work is motivated by an interest in alienation and the intimacy of the everyday. Stephanie studied experimental filmmaking under the direction of James Benning at California Institute of the Arts before receiving her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Her work has been shown internationally at galleries and festivals and her most recent exhibitions include SKIN TIGHT at New Capital in Chicago, P1xels at an Exhibition in Berlin & Downcast Eyes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the latter of which earned her a write-up in VICE Magazine.
Wednesday, February 20th at 7pm, Photography
Daniel Shea: Who Built the Monuments?
Daniel Shea is currently working with the historical and mythological materiality of post-industrial detritus and existing pre-ruins.
Daniel Shea is an artist based in Chicago currently working with the historical and mythological materiality of post-industrial detritus and existing pre-ruins. He recently published his first monograph, Blisner, Ill. in conjunction with a long-term residency at Columbia College Chicago and a book release at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. He is scheduled to show photographs and sculptures at The DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, The Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela, The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, and The Yixian International Photo Festival in China. His previous work has been exhibited at the MDW Art Fair, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Asia Society in Beijing, LVL3 Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, and Acre Projects, among others. In the summer of 2013 he will be moving to New York City and working as an adjunct professor of photography at The Maryland Institute College of Art.
Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm, Sculpture
Alex Chitty’s work sits ambiguously between digital and traditional, between drawing and sculpture. Chitty often incorporates humor into a conceptual sculptural practice.
Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm, Painting
Raychael Stine: Psychopomps and Spectral Hounds
Raychael Stine is best known for her paintings featuring dogs in dangerous, humorous and intimate situations. These images reside between peculiar states of abstraction and representation.
Raychael Stine the 2012 Gendler Fellow, is best known for her paintings featuring dogs in dangerous, humorous and intimate situations. These images reside between peculiar states of abstraction and representation. Stine (b 1981) is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL She holds a BA from The University of Texas at Dallas and an MFA from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Stine’s work has been exhibited at Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas TX, Road Agent Gallery, Dallas TX, Barry Whistler Gallery Dallas TX, D Berman Gallery, Austin TX, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York NY, The Mc Anninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn, IL, Gallery 400 Chicago, IL, Leviton A + D Gallery, Chicago IL and others. Stine was selected for the New insight exhibition at Art Chicago 2010, New American Paintings Issue 78 where she was awarded Juror’s Pick, and The Texas Biennial, 2009. In 2005 she is a recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art Degoylier Grant and in 2008 the Stone Award Scholarship at UIC.
Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm, Film/Video
Marianna Milhorat: Unfamiliar Lands
Working in film and video, she utilizes landscape and duration to disrupt and transform notions of space
Marianna Milhorat (b. 1983) is a Chicago-based filmmaker, originating from Vermont, USA. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her BFA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinéma at Concordia University. Working in film and video, she utilizes landscape and duration to disrupt and transform notions of space and perspective. Milhorat’s work has screened internationally at festivals,
including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Images Festival. Her work has received awards at festivals including the Images Festival, EXIS (Ex-Now), and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm, Drawing
Nathan Vernau’s colorful artwork touches on themes of instability, insecurity, confusion, and a
misdirection of emotions. As self-portraits, these drawings offer bits and pieces of his character, along with alternate identities or personas.
Nathan Vernau’s colorful artwork touches on themes of instability, insecurity, confusion, and a misdirection of emotions. As self-portraits, these drawings offer bits and pieces of his character, along with alternate identities or personas. His work has been reviewed by ArtSlant.com, ArtLog.com, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as featured inThe Madison Review, New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, and MISC Magazine. He has exhibited work at the Project Lodge, Overture Center for the Arts, Wisconsin Union Galleries, and the Common Wealth Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin. In Chicago he has shown at The Milk Factory, OhNo!Doom Gallery, Offwhite, Doppelganger, and Robert Bills Contemporary. He earned his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. A native Wisconsinite, Nathan now lives and works in Chicago.
Wednesday, July 24th at 7pm, Film/Video
Mike Gibisser's films navigate the indefinite lines between essay ,experimental, and documentary work, often drawing together disparate subjects or time periods.
Mike Gibisser's films navigate the indefinite lines between essay, experimental, and documentary work, often drawing together disparate subjects or time periods. His work has screened at the International Oberhausen Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive, Block Cinema, the Images Film Festival, Sundance, the European Media Arts Festival, and the New York Film Festival - Views from the Avant Garde. He received his MFA in Moving Image from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011, and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute in 2009. Mike lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Wednesday, August 28th at 7pm, Painting
Tim Nickodemus: Painting As Digestion
Vacillating between messiness and the tight corners of narrative, Tim Nickodemus’ paintings attempt to
emulate the nuanced, often unconscious movements of performed exchange. An intensely sensitive and
empathetic communicator, Tim absorbs relationships, compressing elements into the gloppy moments, deadpan flatness and sinuousness that characterize his work.
Tim Nickodemus (b. 1980, Mt. Angel, OR) lives and works in Chicago. He received his BA from Portland State University in 2006 and his MFA at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. His work has recently been shown in Chicago at Alderman Exhibitions, Gallery 400 and New Capital Projects as well as Tracy Williams in New York. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He rides a bicycle.