tender archive / melika bass / installations / latest sun
An expansive, ongoing, multi-part project that includes site-specific installations and theatrical films.
Best New Video Installation
Chicago Reader, "Best of 2015"
"One of the most exciting film events happening in Chicago ...
Beautiful, yet vaguely terrifying."
Time Out Chicago
"By super-imposing image, sound, and story, Bass spawns sensory pleasures
which guide viewers around the mesmeric space."
"One of the most fascinating film experiences of the year,
and I can’t wait to see what Bass does next."
Anthony and Nanty I
Nanty II and Anthony
Read Exhibition Essay by Karsten Lund, Assistant Curator, Renaissance Society
January 18 - April 19, 2015
Hyde Park Art Center
Bass takes over the upstairs Kanter-McCormick Gallery at the Art Center, expanding the territory of her gothic world in a new work The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast, an immersive, multi-channel installation incorporating 16mm film/video, sound, architecture, and featuring performances by Sarah Stambaugh, Bryan Saner, and Matthew Goulish.
The solo exhibition features a spatial narrative installation that delves, through movement, texture, sound, and gesture, into the psychology of a recurring figure in Bass' previous films; while also introducing two new characters, blending the past into the present. Bass has designed the installation by altering the gallery, leading the viewer through a evocative memory of place, embedding us in a timeless society of lost souls in a haunted landscape.
-Allison Peters Quinn, Exhibition Director, Hyde Park Art Center
Nanty I, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 13 mins.
Nanty II, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 15 mins.
Anthony, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 9.5 mins.
Jed, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 12 mins.
Made possible with support from a Media Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.
Installation photos by Clare Britt.
Nanty, single-channel installation
S16mm film on HD video, 13 mins.
"Bass's short film focuses unwaveringly...intimately projected...
A fragmentary character study, intense, repetitive and unguarded."(Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune)
The Presence of Absence
Curated by Dave and Debra Tolchinksy
Sponsored by The Contemporary Arts Council
Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago
May 8 - June 2, 2013
"A show about invisible forces in the world.
One of the best art gallery shows in Chicago right now." -Jason Foumberg, Chicago Magazine
"The space is gorgeous, the art solid, challenging, yet accessible.
This is a wonderfully odd, powerful, thoughtful show." - Paul Klein, Huffington Post