Samantha Bittman (‘11) and others
Roots & Culture in the Yr It Gallery
1034 N Milwaukee, Chicago
February 6 - March 7, 2015
Mossy Cloak brings together work by six artists who use camouflage as a visual and conceptual material. Camouflage is a tool. It hijacks ingrained ways of perceiving to operate within, under and through them. Organized by Third Object, Mossy Cloak presents work in photography, painting, sound and sculpture. It examines the layered vocabularies of camouflage, exploring its role as a visual surface patterning and a metaphor for social and historical concealment.
Consider dazzle camouflage, a kind of bombastic covering for naval vessels during World War I. Dazzle camouflage did not try to fool the eye by hiding the vessel from sight, but by scrambling the enemy’s perceptual ability to assess size and speed. Like dazzle camouflage, these are works that operate in plain sight, but whose aesthetic maneuvers disrupt conventional ways of seeing and assessing one’s place in the world.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication that further examines the topic with contributions by Rashayla Marie Brown, Liz Ensz, Noah Gapsis, Kelly Lloyd, Timothy McMullen, Curtis Miller, Elaine Mul and Third Object.
Samantha Bittman lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include Number Cruncher at Longhouse Projects, NY, NY, and Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, Mexico City, and Chicago. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
Drew Broderick lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with degrees in Biology and Studio Art. Broderick currently runs SPF Projects, a venue for contemporary art in Honolulu.
Liz Ensz was born in Minnesota to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers, and curators of cast-offs. She received her BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ensz is a founding collective member of The Visitor Center Artist Camp, a DIY arts testing ground in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Kiam Marcelo Junio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist creating work through various media, including photography, video, performance (blending butoh, drag and burlesque), sculpture and installation, and culinary arts. Their research and art practice centers around queer identities, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, post/colonialist Asian American tropes and stereotypes, military power dynamics, the politics of personal agency, and social justice through collaborative practices and healing modalities. Junio served seven years in the US Navy.
Laura Hart Newlon is a Seattle-based artist working with (and among) objects, images and the residue of contemporary culture. Newlon has recently exhibited at Studio 424, Chicago; the Baltimore Alternative Art Fair, Baltimore; LVL3, Chicago; Johalla Projects, Chicago; and ADDS DONNA, Chicago. Formerly a cultural anthropologist, Newlon received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.
Timothy McMullen is a Chicago resident. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. His site specific installations, paintings and drawings explore the intersection between the fabricated space of painting and the real world site that serves as inspiration. In 2013, he was an artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck Michigan. McMullen has exhibited his work at Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago; Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; and numerous solo and group shows in Los Angeles.
Third Object is a curatorial collective based in Chicago. www.thirdobject.net