Event and Documentary Photography
Walkabout ThankYou Party w/ HCL @ Mana, Chicago 4/4/14
After a successful run at Steppenwolf's Garage, Walkabout Theater Company (in residence at High Concept Laboratories) hosted an evening of performance and celebration at Mana Contemporary Chicago. After spoken word, music, a live band, and short performance skits, Walkabout finished the night with a big band march including all of their members. More info @ Walkabout and HCL.
Wind & Water @ Hauser Gallery, Chicago 1/25/13
Hauser Gallery presents the two man show Wind & Water featuring Harvey Moon and Bill Sosin. Moon's work explores the shrinking line between artist and technology, highlighted by his Drawing Machine. The Machine is a fully automated device which makes the artist's 'marks' for him, creating renderings of live-streaming measurements of the weather around Chicago. Sosin's work investigates perception in his suite of photographs made through glass (window or windshield) covered in droplets of water. Catering by Guerrilla Smiles.
More info on Harvey Moon @ unanything.com, Bill Sosin @ billsosin.com, and Hauser Gallery @ hauser-gallery.com
VICE & Grolsch Film Works screening/afterparty @ HCL & The Hideout, Chicago 10/12/12
VICE and Grolsch Film Works came to Chicago for a screening of The Fourth Dimension at High Concept Laboratories and a raucous afterparty across the street at The Hideout. The Fourth Dimension is a three part feature by Harmony Korine, Aleksey Fedorchenko and Jan Kwiecinski which plays wholeheartedly with our sense of reality and time. The show was packed and as is famous in VICE's fashion the afterparty was even more so - leaving few standing straight...
NATO Protests, Chicago 5/21/12
Protestors continue to march the streets of downtown Chicago on the last official day of the NATO summit. Officers directed the crowd in a winding pattern which ended at the Congress Plaza in Grant Park - prompting a standing rally on the steps of the 'Bowman' statue.
Hollows Record Release Show @ Subterranean, Chicago 5/17/12
Celebrating Hollows newly released album 'Vulture' at Subterranean in Chicago. A night of firsts - Hollows performed for the first time ever with a horn and string section. Opening the show were Radar Eyes, Coffin Pricks, and Summer Girlfriends. More info @ Hollows, Radar Eyes, Coffin Pricks, Summer Girlfriends, and SubT.
The Beethoven Festival, Chicago 9/14/11 - 9/18/11
Five days celebrating the work and life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. With performances of Beethoven's compositions, his contemporaries, commissioned works and new interpretations by dozens of musicians from Chicago and abroad. More info at The International Beethoven Project.
May Day 2010, Austin
In response to proposed legislation and continued frustration, citizens advocating for immigration policy reform marched from the State Capital through downtown Austin to City Hall on May 1st, 2010.
Japanese Tea Ceremony @ The Arts Club of Chicago, 4/3/14
The Arts Club of Chicago hosted a special members' luncheon including a Japanese Tea Ceremony and lecture discussing the history and practice of the formal tradition. More info @ The Arts Club.
Honey Pot Performance Mapping Session @ HCL, Chicago 3/21/14
High Concept Laboratories' artists in residence Honey Pot Performance held a workshop/dance party as part of their Mapping Sessions. The project works on reliving and adding to the history of music in Chicago, and this session focused on the history of local House music. Honey Pot asked participants to add relative locations and stories to the maps hanging in the space, as well as join in dancing to the music that made history, spun live on the original records. More info @ Honey Pot and HCL.
The Raveonettes @ Subterranean, Chicago 6/23/12
The Raveonettes fan base is wide and eclectic, and they filled this packed-to-the-walls sold out show at Subterranean in Chicago. Accompanied on just a few songs by drums, the guitar/bass duo proved more than capable of filling the room with sound as well. Add some mood lighting and a smoke machine and you have a successful night. More info @ Raveonettes.
Mark Sultan, Outer Minds, Magic Milk @ EmptyBottle, Chicago 5/24/12
Magic Milk opened the night with enough energy for 10 bands, and a frontman sans pants. Outer Minds took the middle set and ran with it, leaving not even a drum set standing upright. To headline the night, Mark Sultan performed a true solo act - performing guitar, vocals, tambourine, bass and snare drums all at once, without reservation. More info @ Mark Sultan, OuterMinds , and MagicMilk.
Scott Nadeau's 'Insignificant Matter' @ Defibrillator, Chicago 4/13/12
A multimedia installation by Scott Nadeau, presented by This is Not the Studio in collaboration with Defibrillator, and food by Guerrilla Smiles. Nadeau's installation spans a breadth of mediums including printmaking, site specific construction and projections, and was accompanied by a music performance by Marvin Ausby. More @ ThisIsNotTheStudio, Dfbrl8r, and TheDarkWaterPress.
ALive Project @ Defibrillator, Chicago 10/21/11
A three hour performance and dance meditation. Dancer Ayako Kato and performance artist Sandrine Schaefer on either side of a barrier explore the contrasting and complimentary elements of each piece. More info at dfbrl8r.
Analog @ The Neo-Futurist Theater, Chicago 3/1/13 - 4/6/13
The Neo-Futurists are widely known for their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. This new production, Analog, certainly falls into a different format of play, but is nonetheless just as exciting and entertaining. I had the pleasure of working on the installation accompanying the play (through which audience members must travel to get to their seats) with a set of drawings I produced for the occasion - 1 each of the 44 Presidents of the United States. Conceived and written in part by Kurt Chiang, Analog delves introspectively into a writer's thought process, dealing with disease and prospects of death, and relationships between partners.
For more info on The Neo-Futurists visit neofuturists.org.
Atalanta & The Lion @ Hauser Gallery, Chicago 3/23/13
Packed house at Hauser Gallery for Atalanta & The Lion - an all woman group show. Featuring work by Meryl Bennett, Gracie Hagen, Julia Haw, Meredith and Anna, Brittany Southworth-Laflamme, and Anita Brathwaite. The show aimed to propel this group of young women artists into Chicago's River North Gallery scene. Opening night was more than well received, with some patrons lining up patiently for doors to open at six.
More info @ hauser-gallery.com.
Leaf Bird cassette release @ Reversible Eye, Chicago 6/22/12
Celebrating the release of their new cassette 'Diamonds From The Cherry Mine, Vol. 1', Leaf Bird performs at Reversible Eye Gallery in Chicago. One of Leaf Bird's best sets to date, even a friendly visit from the police barely quieted their playing. Accompanied by openers Bone & Bell and My Dad, as well as video projections by Erin Babbin, the energy was up late into the night. More info @ LeafBird, Bone&Bell, MyDad, and OnTheRealFilm.
Pre-NATO Protests @ Nurses Rally, Chicago 5/18/12
Protesters gather at the National Nurses Union rally in anticipation of the NATO summit. CPD, Homeland Security, various Federal and State officers kept watch over the expansive group. Two days before the official start of the summit much planning and preparation was taking place, as well as the buildup of zeal and passing of information. Luckily, no large scale or violent altercations took place at the rally, and Tom Morello got to play his favorite tunes.
Neo-Futurist Matrimony @ HCL, Chicago 12/17/11
The wedding reception of Kurt Chiang and Jessica Anne, two writers and artists who produce work with the long running Neo-Futurist Theater in Chicago. Festivities were held at High Concept Laboratories, a contemporary art space which hosts residencies and openings, as well as private events. More info at The Neo-Futurists and HCL.
'A Memorial to the Family I Almost Began' @ STUDIO 1020, Chicago 5/28/11
An exhibition by G. Vincent Gaulin at STUDIO 1020. Utilizing an array of outlets including sculpture, installation, projected text and vocal performance, Gaulin enlightens and entertains with another brilliant performance. More info at ThisIsNotTheStudio.