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illustration by
Shin Moon


graphic design by
Pete Valenti


curated by
Llio Zogra

Singing on a Sinking Ship defies logic. How is this flying machine high in the sky?  When we say, this ship was sinking, we mean tragedy struck, our ship became helmless—though it also grew wings. The artists in this residency circuit willed this ship out of the ocean and into the sky. They are the community who came together to create something bigger than their individual practices. This residency program spans 76 weeks of one-week residencies. It is artists making amongst a pandemic. It is a reflection of resilience and passion, of creative community.

Llio Zogra, Curator

 




Gross Grainy Textures



portrait by
Llio Zogra

exhibiting artist
Ezra Arsenault

curated by
Llio Zogra

exhibition design by
Ezra Arsenault


Gross Grainy Textures is Ezra Arsenault’s debut solo exhibition presented as a virtual remote experience. Arsenault built an installation on the internet that uses code to tear at your entrails—enthralling the visitor, inviting the audience to fall down the rabbit hole. In order to find your way through this labyrinth, you must realize a path must be chosen. Even though you may choose differently than your neighbor, you both will find yourself moving forward. This is an exhibition of rooms. To enter the next room, you must find the doorway. The doorway does not look like a door. It looks like that thing clogging the drain in your shower.

Llio Zogra, Curator



Gross Grainy Textures




There are no words that can truly depict the depths of Ezra Arsenault’s creative process. Though in writing this article, Llio Zogra made the plunge into the deep dark caverns of Ezra’s mind. Rooted in intimate conversation, this prose article was written to reflect the mulitiplicity of a maker’s life. It is meant to reveal Ezra’s journey in a way that provides further entry points, opens doorways to experiencing Ezra’s solo show Gross Grainy Textures. 
Current AIR

Stanley
Février


location | longueuil, ca 
AIR January 26-February 1, 2021




Février has participated in several individual and group exhibitions in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Hong Kong and Cuba as well as in France, Germany, Spain, China, Bulgaria, Serbia and Mexico. In 2018, he realized at the Arsenal the exhibition «StrangeFuit». And 2019, he took part in "Over My Black Body" at the UQAM gallery, an exhibitio curated by Eunice Belidor and Anaïs Castro. Février is the recipient of several creative awards. In 2019, he received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for the realization of "America… with impunity". This multi-faceted work (video, sound, sculptures, archives and photographs) was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Maison de la culture de Longueuil i February and March 2019. The artist also presents in 2019 the work "this flesh" in the collective exhibition Where do we come from? What are we? Where do we go ... (2019) a the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) What do you need?

As a visual artist, Février envisions art as a vector of social change and takes a sharp look at the social dynamics taking shape in Western societies. He questions the value of life in a context of globalization, through contemporary tragedies. In fact, motivated by the desire to activate the collective consciousness, he appropriates and modifies images, videos and photographs of these dramas, captured on the Internet. Through its installations, performances and participatory art projects, February creates a meeting space where participants are at the centre of the work. A graduate in visual and media arts, his recent artistic and conceptual concerns are based on institutional criticism, identity issues and violence and inequalities created by the latter.





Current Exhibiting Artist

Ezra
Arsenault


location | chicago, us
On View beginning October 13, 2020



Ezra Arsenault grew up in Southwest Virginia amongst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. They received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ezra assisted Oliver Jeffers with a performance of The Dipped Painting Projects at Mana Contemporary Gallery and Joseph Ravens with an iteration of Condom Cloud at Art AIDS America Chicago. After completing the Apprentice Program with Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Ezra went on to document many performances for the gallery including Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival. As a performance artist, they have participated in the show Piss and Vinegar at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery and their work for Power Ouch Performance Festival at Links Hall was highlighted by See Chicago Dance. Ezra is a founder and the Exhibitions Director of Holly and The Neighbors.
︎Ezra’s website



Current Writer

Llio Zogra

location | chicago, us
Published October 7, 2020




Llio Zogra is an individual who radiates mad scientist energy. They are a self-taught poet who spends their summers lifeguarding at the local swimming pool and their winters drinking too many cups of coffee. In the springtime they try not to slaughter flowers and during the autumn they fall in love with the fire of their surroundings, every year, all over again. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Llio received their BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Sculpture, Photography, and Global Studies at New York University and are currently obtaining an MFA in Performance Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Llio’s show, Night Light, took place in the NYU Abu Dhabi Project Space Gallery and was written up by Electra Street. Floral Furnace, another of Llio’s shows, took place at Kalerie s čupr uměním Saigon and was written up by Studium Artium Magazin. Llio has been a fellow in the Visual Art Department at NYU Abu Dhabi, an artist-in-residence at DeLiceiras 18, an exhibiting artist at the Water Tower Art Festival, a studio artist at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, an artist-in-residence at Temporary.Show, and has been invited to be an artist-in-residence at Fish Factory Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður in 2021. Llio is the Executive Director, a dream schemer, and a performance artist at Holly and the Neighbors.

︎Llio’s website
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