“NO”: Igniting Oppositional Consciousness
Opening – Friday, April 14, 6-10pm
Open by appointment through May 5
Call for an appointment 312 852 7717
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com | www.uri-eichen.com
As uncertainty strains on our daily lives, voices from various backgrounds stand together in “NO”: Igniting Oppositional Consciousness, a show in response and in opposition to the global political right wing shift. Focusing on the idea of resistance, protest, and creation, Students, faculty, and alumni of the School of the Art Institute exhibit art of various mediums to reflect the strength and unity of an intersectional community.
Semblance of Order
Opening – Friday, March 10, 6-10pm
Open by appointment through April 7
Call for an appointment 312 852 7717
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608
info@URI-EICHEN.com | www.uri-eichen.com
Semblance of Order presents new work by artists Michael Rado, Frances Lightbound and Louis Kishfy in response to designed objects in urban spaces that reinforce real and perceived security. Building upon research into defensive architecture in Chicago from the group’s previous collaborative project, Semblance of Order sets the haphazard against the highly-designed, prodding at the material systems of safety, prevention and (over)protection. It is through these concrete material systems that the group intends to dismantle and reconfigure abstract perceptions of authority, ownership and otherness.
Photograph taken by Michael Rado, Frances Lightbound and Louis Kishfy; Chicago Loop; 2015.
Topographies of Defense (2015-2016) was a project led by Michael Rado, Louis Kishfy and Frances Lightbound which examined design in the urban sphere whose primary function is to discourage, rather than facilitate, human usage. Elements such as homeless spikes, decorative security facades, anti-skate rails, bollards, benches, planters and landscaping elements all contribute to a covertly defensive reconfiguration of public space. With a focused lens on Chicago, the project comprised an online photographic archive, an introduction during Sullivan Galleries’ exhibition Outside Design and culminated with a public symposium and gallery exhibition held at the LeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago.
Michael Rado is originally from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, and currently lives and works in New York City. Rado’s interdisciplinary work spans sculpture, installation, and video, and critically celebrates the spirit of his middle-class heritage, prodding at themes of privilege, privacy, and sovereignty. He earned his MFA in Studio from the School of Art institute of Chicago (2016), and BFA from the University of Michigan (2009). Rado’s recent work has been exhibited at a range of venues in Chicago, notably at EXPO Chicago (2016), Pulaski Park with Fieldwork Collaborative Projects, and at Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan’s East Garfield Park gallery, The Franklin. Along with Lightbound, he is a fellow in the 2016-2017 Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide fellowship.
Frances Lightbound is an artist based between Chicago and Glasgow, having earned her MFA from SAIC (2016) and a BA (Hons) from Glasgow School of Art (2012). Working primarily in printmaking, sculpture, and installation, her work examines symbolism and authority in the built environment and issues relating to the division of space and property. She is a current HATCH artist resident at Chicago Artists Coalition, and a participant in the 2016-2017 Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide fellowship.
Louis Kishfy is a technologist who currently lives and works in Rhode Island. Kishfy’s practice is rooted predominantly in sculpture and installation; exploring his interests in sociology, postmodern philosophy, and environmental psychology. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MDes, 2016) and the University of Rhode Island (BS, 2012).
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Richard Berg is the Past President of Teamsters Local 743 where he was an activist in the Teamster reform movement for more than 20 years before being elected president. He was a member and union steward for the Teamsters while working in the Department of Environmental Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has also worked as an Organizer for AFSCME, as a Business Agent for the Teamsters and as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73. He was also previously the Treasurer of the Chicago Area Labor Support Committee, Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement, International Steering Committee Member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 30th Ward Coordinator for Harold Washington for Mayor in 1987, Staff for James Exum for 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman, Steering Committee Member of the Illinois Chapter of the Labor Party, Wisconsin Chair of the Midwest Coalition Against Registration and the Draft, Co-Chair of the Marquette University Coalition for Divestiture and President of the Marquette University Progressive Student Organization . Richard is currently a Staff Representative for Illinois AFSCME Council 31 and serves on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Labor Speakers Club. He also enjoys fine art whenever possible.
Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present.Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013). He is currently the Director of Programs for Illinois Humanities.
Ruth Needleman, professor emerita in Labor Studies at Indiana University, has taught labor and Latin American studies since the late sixties. After 4 years in Latin American Literature & Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she worked for the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez.
Ruth has been awarded honors for excellence in teaching, research and service, for her work, including a book, Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: the struggle for union democracy, and many articles on black history, race, class and gender, leadership development and on movements in Latin America. She contributed to a book on the right-wing in Chile, published by Quimantu, Allende’s publishing house, prior to the fascist coup. She has traveled extensively, presented in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nigeria, Yugoslavia, Japan, Colombia and more.
She pioneered courses in Labor & the Arts at IU, and established a 15-year college-degree program called Swingshift College, enabling steelworkers to complete college degrees in a customized worker program based on transformational pedagogy. Currently she is writing about this program and the role and character of “pedagogy for liberation” for the 21st century. She is also teaching a course on global social movements at the School of the Arts Institute.
John Pitman Weber is active in community based public art, having co-founded the Chicago Public Art Group almost 45 years ago. His public works in mosaic, paint, cement, and brick are currently found in Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain), Spencer, IA and libraries of Broward Cty, FL. He is also active in the studio with painting and woodcuts. One of his large woodcuts is currently included in the Gulf Labor Coalition’s presence at the Venice Biennale. He is emeritus, retired from Elmhurst College. His home-studio is in Pilsen.
Larry Redmond: I've always had an interest in art. As a child, I used to draw comic book characters. When I entered college, I had hoped to major in art. However, at the time UIC didn't have an art department.
Now, I express myself visually through photography. I love photographing life in the street, especially marches and demonstrations. But my interest is expanding to fine art photography. I hope to do portraits and still lifes within the next year or so.
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in English. I later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree. I studied art and photography at Chicago State University where I developed my passion for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.
I have recently become a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers because I appreciated the organization's dedication of professionalism and excellence in the practice of the art of photography. I am also a member of the Washington Park Camera Club. I currently live in Chicago with my wife and family.
Kathy Steichen co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with her husband, Christopher Urias, in 2011. She has led the programming development and coordination of over 100 visual art and community events at the gallery in the last 4 years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy music and participate in discussions on social justice themes. She has been involved in racial justice, anti-war and human rights issues for over 25 years. She is an alumna of several social justice and arts programs at Las Palomas de Taos, housed in the Mable Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. She founded and presided over Amnesty International chapters at the University of Iowa, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as the Student Program Coordinator of Amnesty International in the Mid-west Region. She worked for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s first primary run as the field coordinator of the 48th Ward in Chicago in the first Campaign School. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from UMASS Amherst. She has worked in the labor movement for more than 17 years as an organizer and union staff representative where she represents private and public sector local unions. She has been a practicing print-maker for over 25 years focused on work related to social justice themes.
Christopher Urias co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery. He is a Pilsen, Chicago native who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focused on printmaking.