**This event features complimentary childcare. See below for more information**
Gallery 400 and Cultural ReProducers are pleased to co-host a conversation between biologist and artist Andrew Yang and Chicago-based artists featured in the exhibition Ghost Nature: Jeremy Bolen, Robert Burnier, Assaf Evron and Heidi Norton. The dialogue between the artists takes place in the gallery and explores the intersection of art, science, and the natural world. This is also your last chance to catch Ghost Nature – a group exhibition at Gallery 400 curated by Caroline Picard, based around the strangeness of the natural world. The conversation is followed by a closing reception featuring light refreshments.
Cultural ReProducers will be providing childcare so parents can enjoy and participate in the discussion. They are an evolving group of active cultural workers (professional artists, curators, writers, etc) who are also parents. Cultural ReProducers is a web resource and community-based project organized by artist and parent, Christa Donner, and with the increasing involvement of many others. Cultural ReProducers is for anyone interested in making the art world a more inclusive and interesting place by supporting arts professionals with kids. Please Note: space for childcare is limited. Pre-register here: http://www.culturalreproducers.org Please arrive at 10:30-10:40am if you are interested in childcare.
Andrew Yang is an artist and biologist. His work crosses the disciplines of biology and the visual arts in a variety of forms including primary scientific research, sculptural objects, and zines that explore the dynamics of nature/culture. Yang studied evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science at Duke University, where he received his PhD, and is an MFA candidate at the Lesely University College of Art & Design. He is Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where teaches courses in biology and the visual culture of science, and is a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History. Yang’s studio work has been included in recent exhibitions in Chicago and Texas as well as internationally at BankART, Yokohama, Japan, and The Worldy House at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany.
Jeremy Bolen is a Chicago-based artist and educator interested in site specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation. Much of Bolen’s work involves rethinking systems of recording in an attempt to observe invisible presences that remain from various scientific experiments and human interactions with the earth’s surface. Bolen received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He is a recent recipient of a Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency in Wendover, Utah, and the Provost Award for Graduate Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including Galerie Zürcher, Paris; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; Salon Zürcher, New York; The Drake, Toronto; Untitled, Miami; Gallery 400; Depaul University Art Museum, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and Roots and Culture, Chicago.
Robert Burnier’s background in computer science informs his work. He pushes systems and structures to a point of contradiction or collapse. Burnier is an MFA candidate in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at various venues, including Gallery 400; Heaven Gallery, Chicago; Las Manos Gallery, Chicago; Abryant Gallery, Chicago; The Noyes Art Center, Evanston; Illinois State Museum, Chicago; and The Conference Room Gallery, Los Angeles. Burnier had solo exhibitions at Design Cloud, Chicago and Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. Burnier has three forthcoming shows at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; La Box Gallery, Bourges, France and Heaven Gallery, Chicago.
Assaf Evron’s photographs and photobased works focus on the structures and forms of the overlooked, and reveal it as a visual state of simultaneous excess and deficiency. Evron earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited his work internationally. He received various awards such as The Gerard Levy Prize for a young photographer awarded by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 2012, and The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education Prize for Young Artists in 2010. His works can be found in a range of private and public collections, including those of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and Haifa Museum of Art. Evron graduated from the department of General History at Tel Aviv University, and is currently finishing his MA studies at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University as well, where he writes his thesis titled Linear Perspective—Construction and Being. Among his photographic commissioned works are Aircraft Carrier, the Israeli Pavilion at the 12th Architecture Biennial in Venice, the renewing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the exhibition “Dov Karmi, Architect-Engineer: Public Domestica” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Heidi Norton received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and currently teaches at Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Norton had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of their “Chicago Works” series in 2012 and at Northeastern Illinois University Fine Art Center in 2011. She is currently in Ghost Nature at Gallery 400, which travels to La Box in Bourges, France in March 2014. Norton has participated in other group exhibitions at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; Chicago Cultural Center; Dominican University, Chicago; and The Knitting Factory, New York. Norton is developing a major site-specific installation for Elmhurst Art Museum, where she will be the artist-in-residence this summer. Her work is in the collections of the Midwest Photography Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Joyce Foundation.
Image: Ghost Nature, 2014 (installation view). Left: Jenny Kendler, Camouflage V (Ultra-deflector for endangered Bird of Paradise), 2013, vintage porcelain bird, glue, paperclay, acrylic, gold leaf, 10 x 6 x 6 in. Center: Assaf Evron, Untitled, (sRGB 1996), 2012, MDF and epoxy, 32 x 35 x 18 in. Right: Carrie Gundersdorf, Four Sections of Saturn’s Rings, 2013, colored pencil and watercolor on paper, 40 x 60 in.