January 8 – 31, 2016
Vernissage: November 9, 8 pm – 12 am
Works by Kate Conlon, Bryan Volta, and Jenyu Wang
1345 W 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Curated by Kathy Cho, Lynnette Miranda, Etta Sandry
The artists in Fragile States, Kate Conlon, Bryan Volta, and Jenyu Wang, challenge established structures in an attempt to understand the uncertain, the uncanny, and the unknown. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, these three artists create physical manifestations of invisible phenomena, evoking familiarity, absurdity, obsession, and futility. Through their work, each artist constructs pieces of an imagined reality as if in a parallel universe, positing alternative narratives through these new representations and creating a generative space for repressed instincts and intuitions.
Kate Conlon, Bryan Volta, and Jenyu Wang amplify their subjective perspective in order to place new meaning onto familiar and foreign objects and concepts found in daily life. Their reinterpretation begins with the body, questioning the ways we each perceive, react, and relate through our own cognition. This investigation forms an opening in which we can acknowledge our desires, whether we reject or embrace them, and build our own idiosyncratic narratives.