tender archive / melika bass / installations / nanty
"Bass's short film focuses unwaveringly...intimately projected...
A fragmentary character study, intense, repetitive and unguarded."(Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune)
film still, Nanty, 2013, Super 16mm film on HD video, 11mins.
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
The Presence of Absence grapples with that which should be there, but isn't, and that which shouldn't be there, but is still felt, seen or heard. According to the curators, the initial concept for the exhibition came about from an awareness that an absence of anything—a person, an action, an idea—often affects us more acutely than that which may be concretely present. Gathering work for the show, the Tolchinskys found themselves attracted to artists who explore the tension between that which is and that which is not in a variety of media (film, video, installation, sculpture, and paint) and from a multitude of perspectives. -Curators Debra and Dave Tolchinsky
Opening: May 10, 2013
Curators + Artists Talk: May 18, 2013