A Nameless Familiar
MFA Thesis Exhibition 2 | April 6-13, 2019
A Nameless Familiar, the second of two University of Illinois at Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibitions features the work of Kylie Clark, Sarabeth Dunton, Isaac Gilmore, Ted Kim, javier jasso, and Nancy Sánchez Tamayo. The pieces included in this exhibition examine the myriad ways memory and nostalgia manifests within contemporary art practice and the here and now. Memory, more specifically the ways in which one remembers, whether rooted in factual experience or imagined, directly affects our perception of the present. Likewise, nostalgia, defined as a yearning for the past, performs an important role in our lives and is often tethered to the everyday. Through varied approaches aimed at challenging the entangled relationship between memory and nostalgia, the works presented in A Nameless Familiar encourage the viewer to confront their understanding of the function of memory as well as re-contextualize their comprehension of loss, death, and transformation.
Kylie Renee Clark
Kylie Renee Clark draws from her own process of growing
up to feed her filmmaking practice, exploring the pain, joy,
loneliness, and uncertainty that is born from the act of human
development. Mixing mainstream filmmaking with a reflective
sensibility, Clark’s films exist as investigations of her
experiences in the world. Her work often finds itself toeing a
line: between Mexican and White, child and adult, sadness
and gratification. Clark’s peregrination into her own lived
past and imagined future gives her a tenuous connection to
the present, lending a dream-like quality to her films.
Sarabeth Dunton’s practice centers around time, memory,
and erasure and how those things are impacted by the stories
we tell ourselves. Her work has been shown in New Orleans,
Kansas City, Chicago, and St. Louis. She has been awarded
residency fellowships at Harold Arts, A-Z West, MassMoCA, and the
Drugstore KC and was an Artist Inc. Fellow. From 2012-2016
she was a founding member of the alternative education program,
RAD School. She has exhibited in solo shows at Front/Space, Plug
Projects, and G-CADD. Her work was chosen to be included in the
Collectors Fund of Kansas City in 2016. She is attending the
University of Illinois at Chicago as an Art Department Fellow.
Isaac Gilmore contemplates the relationship between humans
and contemporary digital technologies. Will advances in
technologies such as artificial intelligence change the way art
work is created? Will these advances blur the lines between
person and technology? Through object making, text, and
performance Gilmore constructs futures of sentient robots
in order to unpack notions about artificial intelligence, robots,
A place constitutes of negative space, or in a particular case an illusion.
Javier transforms the familiarity of a domestic space into a liminal one,
where ‘home’ is both an idealized concept and physical reality, paradoxical
poetical, and perhaps fictional. Through sculpture, he explores space in
an ever-evolving society. Javier has been interested in tradition, nomadic
life-migration, displacement, and the intersections as we construct our
ideas of selfhood, origin, and survival. In the work, a sense of irony and
absurdity is projected through the objects’ function, racing questions of
usability, permanence, and impermanence.
Ted Kim translates his nomadic upbringing into an abstract
language of material and color, where shape, weight, and
gravity can be both explored and redefined. Through his
practice, Kim discovers the traces of time in the everyday
encounter. From a narrative within a pictorial frame to
site-specific installations, his work strives to decode the
intricate nature of presence, examining the accumulated
layers of physical remarks and psychological states. His
recent work investigates the shape of memories and the
romance of memorialization.
Nancy Sánchez Tamayo
Nancy Sánchez Tamayo is an artist that exists in multiple
dimensions within this world. Ancestral practices and
ceremonies have guided her art making, bringing an
understanding that she creates objects that live in-between
spaces of being art objects, sacred objects and sacred spaces.
She uses rituals to alchemize three dimensional matter
and spaces; objects then become tools for healing or
portals to release and receive energy. Sánchez Tamayo
focuses on the power of healing to create metaphysical
moments in Chicago that offset the effects of systemic
violence within her city. Tu existencia es resistencia.