Paté Conaway: Weave!

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September 1, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Where do craft and art overlap? Weave is an evolving installation that will showcase inanimate objects encapsulated by linear materials.

This work comes out of being taught to knit and crochet. Paté uses a technique that is something between the two—instead of knitting needles or a crochet hook, he weaves with his fingers. Rather than yarn, the artist employs alternative materials, mostly stuff one would find in a hardware store or upholstery shop.

Throughout the month a variety of objects will be introduced to the space, followed by public sessions of weaving. As new sculptures are completed, Conaway will install the work and move on to fresh objects.

Conaway’s Weave project has been featured in venues across Chicago, actively exploring the connection between visual art and performance. Roman Susan is very proud to feature the project in Rogers Park this September, allowing neighbors and friends to join Paté as he produces new works.

Weave Sessions

Monday, September 1  //  2 PM to 4 PM
Friday, September 5  //  2 PM to 6 PM
Thursday, September 11  //  12 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, September 13  //  12 PM to 4 PM
Monday, September 15  //  7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, September 27  //  1 PM to 5 PM

Artist Reception
Sunday, September 28  //  12 PM to 4 PM

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Image Weave Detail courtesy of Paté Conaway

How to un-make an American Quilt

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Amber Ginsburg and Katie Hargrave
How to un-make an American Quilt
August 1, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Opening Weekend: Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 // 6 PM to 9 PM
Un-make Sessions: Sundays – August 3, August 10, August 17 // 11 AM to 2 PM
The act of undoing as an ethical choice.

In a goal-oriented world, can we open a space for creative political dialog by removing progress, by acting in reverse? How to un-make an American Quilt acts as a pair of scissors re-imagined toward uncertain outcomes.

We question ideas of labor, gender roles, and historical nostalgia by skilling without an emphasis on result. Rather, this is skilling for the sake of skill with an eye to collectivity and conversation. As a questioning, we work toward building a collective understanding of communal labor, and we see the work as an opportunity, through deconstruction, to contemplate alternatives to material use, gender roles, and labor activities.

With help from community members, Ginsburg and Hargrave will deconstruct an intricate hand-made quilt. Participants will be engaged in conversation and catharsis as the group meticulously removes stitch after stitch. The project will pursue an intimate understanding of one particular skill, looking to the scraps of material as an opening to raw potential.

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Upcoming Events at Roman Susan Gallery

Rogers Park Art Space
1224 W. Loyola Avenue, Chicago 60626 | (773) 270-1224

Jorge Mañes Rubio: Street Food Lighting
June 25 – July 5 ~ Nightly Projections

Jorge Mañes Rubio brings street food visions from countries like Morocco, Thailand, or Indonesia and projects them onto streets in more developed countries with less lively nightlife.

“In this project I would like to use the city as a white canvas to show the habits of different cultures. To promote our streets as places for social learning and exchange, making them brighter, safer and more interesting at the same time, bringing art to neighborhoods and people who normally don’t interfere with it.”

Street Food Lighting will be presented June 25 to July 5, with projections ranging from sunset to early morning. This work may be viewed from the street; Roman Susan will not be open to the public during this time, except by appointment.
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Living Room Playmakers
July 18 – July 20 ~ 8 PM

The Living Room Playmakers is a theatre collective formed by graduates of Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen + Stage program. They write plays for non-traditional spaces and non-traditional audiences, and they throw great parties.
Erin Austin is a playwright living in Chicago. She is pro-spectacle, pro-humor, and pro-indie-theatre. MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University.

Chad Eschman is founding member of Cardboard Box Theatre Project and Living Room Playmakers. He recently self-produced his first NYC show, The Memory Tax. He has an MFA from Northwestern and a BA from Santa Clara University.

Jenni Lamb is a former actress and improviser. She self-produced two plays: Memento Polonia and Period Piece, and has had readings at The Gift Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre (Houston), and Chicago Dramatists. Jenni holds an MFA from Northwestern University.

Jennifer Rumberger is a playwright and actress.  Recently, she has worked with Redmoon Theater and Chicago Dramatists. She previously attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has worked as an actress in London, New York, Toronto, and Chicago.

Jessy Lauren Smith is a Chicago-based playwright, screenwriter, educator, and claymation enthusiast. She is a three-time O’Neill semi-finalist with an MFA from Northwestern.

Tony Werner is a playwright based in Chicago. His work has been produced or developed at such theaters as Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre Company, Ensemble 113, Pinebox, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Jackalope. He’s also a former writer for the Onion.

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July 25 – July 27 ~ 8 PM

A “foundling” is a deserted or abandoned child of unknown parentage, while “found art” is a practice and product activated through engagement with objects that have been forgotten, left behind, or otherwise passed by. Through embodied performance and visual art, Foundlings’ Song reproduces the struggle of finding one’s identity within both the mundane and theatrical components of everyday life such as bodily dis/comfort, fashion, artistic practice, family, environmental concerns, and pervading and disappearing memories.

Performers use expressive movement, storytelling, fabric manipulation, and collaboratively composed text to investigate the intersections of personal memory, cultural memory, the human body, loss, and love. In addition to the performance, community members will be encouraged to bring a piece of found art to contribute to the project.

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Sam Hoolihan & John Marks: City Symphony in 16mm
July 26 ~ 10 PM

City Symphony in 16mm: A New Work for Expanded Cinema is an interactive, multiprojection, expanded cinema project that debuted at the abandoned Fuji-Ya restaurant building on the Minneapolis riverfront during the 2014 Northern Spark Festival.

Viewers experience and interact with moving images captured in the city that offer new and abstracted presentations of our environment through live, original, hand-processed 16mm films. The artists engage audiences through improvised 16mm film multiprojection, which reflects and re-creates the simultaneous stillness, order, and chaos of city life.

Projectionists invite viewers to participate by manipulating the analog films through rudimentary effects such as placing and moving prisms and gels in front of the projection lenses to obscure the images.

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Mia Capodilupo: Burst

Roman Susan Press Release - Mia Capodilupo - Burst - April 5 to April 26, 2014

Mia Capodilupo: Burst
April 5, 2014 – April 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 2014 // 7PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Wednesdays 2-5PM, Thursdays 5-8PM, and by appointment

Mia Capodilapo is a sculptor, installation artist, and video maker. In her work, Mia employs various types of human-made materials to create dynamic forms referencing naturally occurring objects, urban landscapes, the environment, and the body.

This installation turns industrial and residential detritus into a series of pieces that weave the architecture of the space together, filtering into every corner of the space and spreading like organic matter. Mia creates a tactile landscape using furniture, industrial pipes, doors and windows, magazines, disassembled clothing, beads, carpet, prescription drugs and drywall. One central idea is the imaginary world made from ordinary materials and the urban landscape, where empty storefronts, abandoned buildings and discarded objects become escapist fantasy worlds where the familiar and comfortable are transformed into something alien. The work borrows from both the conceptual and the vernacular.

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Roman Susan Press Release - Objects - March 1 to March 29, 2014 - Resurfacing Phase by Marissa Neuman

March 1, 2014 – March 29, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 1, 2014 // 7PM
Micro-concert Performance: Friday, March 21, 2014 // 8PM
Gallery Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays // 5-8PM

Group exhibit of sculpture and three-dimensional art, with works by Mia Capodilupo, Tulika Ladsariya, Matt Martin, Marissa Neuman, Kasia Ozga, Katherine Perryman, Daniel Schmid, and Ruby Thorkelson.

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Rogers Park Art Space
1224 W. Loyola Avenue, Chicago 60626 | (773) 270-1224