Time Share curated by Jeff Robinson


May 10 - June 11, 2019


The exhibition Time Share makes reference to those dwellings with shared ownership as a lens for considering artist collectives like Monaco, and to engender a spirit of mutuality that is required in such communal spaces. The exhibition takes as its prompt the generosity of Sage Dawson, a member of Monaco, who has given her curatorial opportunity for this exhibition to take place. The artists featured in Time Share make work that parallel aspects of Dawson’s studio practice. Though each artist pursues divergent aspirations, common threads are seen throughout the work and include formal and material sensitivity, as well as reference to domesticity and architecture and an overall concern for the identity of space. Collectively, the works allude to a domestic-like setting that is necessary to instill a sense of community and reciprocity.

Tom Burtonwood (b. United Kingdom) is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator. He/they make artworks that explore a multiplicity of viewpoints and outcomes as a strategy for the comparative study of perceptual phenomena. He holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BA from Loughborough College of Art (UK). Burtonwood's sculptural works are an exploration of how technology changes vision and effects our perception of representation and materiality. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including 6018North, Chicago; Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; Printed Matter, NY; CICA Museum, South Korea; Transitional Gallery, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Mark Joshua Epstein (he/him) received an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London (London, England) and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University (Boston, MA). Epstein has had solo or two person shows at Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), Caustic Coastal (Salford, England) Vane Gallery (Newcastle, England), Demo Project (Springfield, IL), Biquini Wax (Mexico City, Mexico), Breve (Mexico City, Mexico) and Brian Morris Gallery (New York, NY). 

Selected group shows include University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), AGENCY (Brooklyn, NY), Beverly’s (New York, NY), Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY), and Hoffman LaChance Gallery (St Louis, MO). In June 2019 he will be included in Queer Abstraction at the Des Moines Art Center. Epstein has been a resident at Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, Jentel Foundation, Macdowell Colony, I-Park and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, amongst others. He is the recipient of a Traveling Scholar award for alumni from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Epstein divides his time between Brooklyn, NY and Ann Arbor MI.

Kelly Kaczynski is a Chicago based artist working within the language of sculpture. The work spans from site-responsive installation to object making, photography, video, drawing, print media and most recently, a rug. Kaczynski has exhibited in the USA, Mexico, and Canada. Their curatorial projects addressing the phenomenological and physiological relationships between the virtual and the actual include Virtually Physically Speaking, 2014, at Columbia College and Mouthing (a sentient limb), 2011, at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. In 2015, Kaczynski was a recipient of Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and in 2008 received an Artadia grant. Kaczynski grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended The Evergreen State College for a BA. After a long road trip and some time in New England, Kaczynski received an MFA from Bard College, NY.

Mary Laube was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 2012. Recent exhibitions and residencies include the Spring Break Art Show, Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NYC), Coop Gallery (Nashville), the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Stiwdeo Maelor in Wales. Laube is a co-collaborator of the Warp Whistle Project, an on-going cross-disciplinary project with composer Paul Schuette. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Melissa Leandro (b. 1989, Miami, FL) is an artist who works between the media of drawing, painting, and textiles. Leandro's woven and embroidered surfaces explore her composite cultural identity through means of intuitive mark-making. Reflecting on her past and present travels, she considers the impact of these environments on the fragmentation of identity and place.

Leandro was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship (2017) and the EAGER Grant for research and collaboration (2016, Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration), both for her studio work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She was awarded the Luminarts Fellowship (2017) from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, Union League of Chicago. Leandro was a BOLT resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition for 2017-18, and was named one of Chicago's Break Out Artists of the year for 2018. Her studio work is featured in LUXE, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine as part of their Chicago Style Maker edition (June 2018). She is currently represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

Leandro has attended Ragdale Artist Residency, Cristal Lake, ACRE Residency, Wisconsin, Roger Brown House Residency, Michigan, The Weaving Mill, Chicago and TextielLab, The Netherlands and the Jacquard Center, North Carolina. She holds a BFA and MFA from SAIC and is currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as Lecturer and is the Assistant Director title of the Fiber Material Studies department.

Frances Lightbound is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the ways in which societies and individuals shape, navigate and ascribe meaning to urban spaces. Working primarily between sculpture, installation and printmaking, she alters and reframes familiar materials, symbols and objects in order to consider relationships between bodies and built spaces, and the participation of specific objects and structures in more abstract systems such as capital, property ownership and access. Her work has been exhibited in venues in the US and Europe including 68projects (Berlin), EXPO Chicago, 6018North and Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), and in 2017 she was named a Visual Arts Fellow by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Lightbound was born in Sheffield, England, and earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA (Hons) from Glasgow School of Art (UK). In summer 2019 she will be an artist in residence at Rule Gallery, Marfa, TX.

SaraNoa Mark (b. 1991 New York, NY) pursues a drawing practice that reflects a desire to evidence the constant and invisible activity of time. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, SaraNoa Mark was recognized with a travel scholarship that supported a visual pilgrimage to Europe’s museums, cave paintings, and natural sites. Mark’s work was supported by a grant from The John Anson Kittredge Fund. She has been an artist in residence at The Lois and Charles X. Carlson Painting Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, Art Kibbutz, and the Montello Foundation. SaraNoa Mark is a Director at the 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago. She also works as a museum guard at the Oriental Institute, building an intimate relationship from its antiquities collection. SaraNoa Mark is currently a BOLT resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition.

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