Top 5 Features of 2012

In its second year Make Space has featured and interviewed rad artists, exhibited at Chicago’s MDW Fair, and collaborated with pretty awesome people. Moving into our third year have some big ideas and are excited to develop new projects. Thank you for your continued support and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Truth Theorem, 22"x 20" acrylic, gouache and ink on paper 2012
Truth Theorem, 22″x 20″ acrylic, gouache and ink on paper 2012

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Other Investigations: Mike Andrews 

By: Kathy Cho

Sure Lick

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PatternBase Discussion: Kayla Mattes 

By: Kristi O’Meara

OPENING: Make Space @ MDW Fair

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Make Space @ MDW Fair opens tonight from 8pm to midnight!
Vernissage: November 9, 2012 from 8 pm -12 am

Exemplifying the spirit of Make Space in a collaborative effort to expand the dialogue of contemporary art practices, the booth will feature ten artists who have previously worked with Make Space. The featured artists include Jeff Austin, Daniel Baird, Billy Buck, Marissa Lee Benedict, Sofia Leiby, Holly Murkerson, Casilda Sanchez, Clare Torina, Erin Washington, and Allison Yasukawa. Curated by Jason Judd, Lynnette Miranda, and Etta Sandry.

Make Space’s booth will be open for the entirety of the fair and can be found on the second floor of the Mana Contemporary Chicago building. Programming in support of the exhibition will take place in the Make Space booth during fair hours on November 10th.
November 10 + 11, 2012 from 12-6 pm

Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 South Throop Street, 2nd floor | Chicago, IL

EXHIBITION: Make Space @ MDW Fair

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Co-Directors Lynnette Miranda, Jason Judd, and Etta Sandry are pleased to announce the Make Space booth at the MDW Fair. Exemplifying the spirit of Make Space in a collaborative effort to expand the dialogue of contemporary art practices, the booth will feature ten artists who have previously worked with Make Space.  Programming in support of the exhibition will take place in the Make Space booth during fair hours on November 10th and 11th.

Through continuous collaboration with its featured artists and contributors, Make Space has evolved into something beyond a website or blog. It is an artist-run organization that fosters emerging artists. Make Space is ready to expand beyond the bounds of the Internet, to bridge the gap between space and screen, to bring artists and audience together IRL. The Make Space booth at MDW will create a dialogue between the selected artists and the audience that can be experienced in physical space rather than through the medium of windows, tabs, mouse, and screen. The featured artists include Jeff Austin, Daniel Baird, Billy Buck, Marissa Lee Benedict, Sofia Leiby, Holly Murkerson, Casilda Sanchez, Clare Torina, Erin Washington, and Allison Yasukawa.

Embracing materiality and labor, Erin Washington examines themes of vulnerability and permanence. Washington questions how time structures transitions in ephemera, creating mixed-media paintings, drawings, and sculptures, which unravel time through the performance of their making, and their subsequent degradation. The performative act is also a platform for Allison Yasukawa, as she creates a certain level of accessibility in her work by embracing a vernacular of humor and utilizing commonplace materials, familiar activities and quotidian actions, while at the same time, gently nudging viewers slightly off-balance. Through themes of humor, kitsch, and rudimentary color fields Billy Buck’s photography evokes a sense of personal philosophy while questioning the subjectivity of the photographic image. Holly Murkerson’s work has a contemplative elegance that extends through photography, writing, and sculpture—her quiet aesthetic emanates from her use of light and language as her raw materials.  By combining screenprinting and painting techniques, Sofia Leiby explores both the impact of Internet media culture on subjectivity with special regard to landscape and the painterly mark under technological duress.

Daniel G. Baird is a sculptor whose work addresses various ideas and concerns relating to the relationship we have to the technology that we create and surround ourselves with. Often circling around ideas of preservation and mortality, his work has addressed such issues as the final frontier in space exploration, the limits of technology and the museological impulse of archiving the world. Marissa Lee Benedict is interested in interdisciplinary practice as a way to bring to foreground the evolving, dialogical work rather than the creation of a static statement or object. In this way her work is a web of evocative connections between natural systems, scientific processes, art historical trajectory and personal experience. Casilda Sanchez explores the ideas of vision, voyeurism and intimacy through video, installation, and photography. Her work looks at the experience of vision and its relation with a physical body, revealing its beauties and contradictions. Through painting and object making, Clare Torina addresses parallels between the human relationship to art and religious objects by exploring themes of myth and ritual, humor, and unexplained phenomena. Jeff Austin works in the ephemeral and mystical—materiality is always in question as content weaves in and out through mediums of light and form.

The MDW Fair brings together artist-run spaces, publishers, and programmers from across the country demonstrating the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the independent arts ecology. The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike.

November 10 and 11, 2012 from 12-6 pm

Vernissage: November 9, 2012 from 8 pm – 12 am
Mana Contemporary Chicago building, 2nd floor
2233 South Throop Street | Chicago, IL

The Birth of The Patternbase + Their Upcoming Publication

After two months of hard work slaving away in Photoshop, developing rewards, and overcoming stage fright jitters, The PatternBase has launched a Kick Stater to help fund their upcoming publication, PATTERNBASE: A Book of Contemporary Textile + Surface Design!

A little over a year ago, I discovered the wonder that is Tumblr and thought it would be a great place to build an archive of inspirational images to refer to within my own work. Starting out, I had no idea how to upload images, include tags or links, or customize themes- and I basically dumped half of my iPhoto archive into the vacant womb of The PatternBase Tumblr, before realizing the perks of a queue. After a few weeks I started to grab hold on how the site worked within the Tumblr community and realized that when used properly it was an amazing way to connect with so many different kinds of people.

Since that very first post which happened just over a year ago, The PatternBase been placed in Tumblr’s ‘Design Spotlight’ and has gained over 11,000 followers. Since our audience was growing so rapidly, we decided to build a more interactive website at www.thepatternbase.com where our audience could go to learn about the art and industry of textile & surface design, enjoy interviews and discussions with current and upcoming designers, and participate in many creative projects.

Our current project is a publication titled, PATTERNBASE: A Book of Contemporary Textile & Surface Design. It will the first publication to be self-released by The PatternBase. This book will contain 250 full-color pages and showcase a collection of textile, surface and print designs from contemporary artists and designers around the globe. It will also include spotlights and interviews from individuals and small businesses working within the textile and fashion industries today.

As with most large ideas that are pursued by small groups and individuals, this project relies on outside support to become fully realized. We have 4 days left of our campaign, and are over 94% of the way to our goal!!! During the tail end of this campaign, we need you help to spread the word about the project in order to reach our target.

Please endorse the publication of this book and share it with your peers, friends and family; every donation is immensely appreciated and will help turn an idea into a reality. YOUR involvement, however small or large, will be a priceless contribution to its success and will help many contemporary designers have their work published.

To become a supporter, please follow and share this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kristiomeara/patternbase-a-book-of-contemporary-textile-and-sur

Make Space + The Patternbase Discussion Series

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Kristi O’Meara, one of our regular contributors and closest friends, has been hard at work on her own site, The Patternbase. Make Space and The Patternbase will team up for a special series of interviews that will be cross-published on our respective sites. Kristi will be interviewing artists who work with fiber, textiles, design, and fine art, in order to start a dialogue about their interdisciplinary roles. Artists include: Gillian Tobin, Annie Larson, Lorenzo Nanni, Kayla Mattes, and Whitney Lorene Wood.

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