Archive



exhibitions



graphic design by
Pete Valenti

exhibiting artist
llio sophia

curated and
designed by
Ezra Arsenault

January 2021


Ezra Arsenault, Curator





October 2020

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. 

llio sophia, Curator



residencies


graphic design by
Pete Valenti


curated by
Ezra Arsenault
Mia Morettini

llio sophia
and
Will Zeng


May-August 2021

An ambitious process unfurls in the humid summer months—six artists, six residencies, twelve weeks, an online exhibition, and a discussion with the artists. The process wraps around individual endeavors to re-tool, reaffirm boundaries, and shift syntactical modes of knowing and feeling, endeavors to ultimately reimagine and strengthen the community around sex.


Mia Morettini, Curator

 
illustration by
Shin Moon


graphic design by
Pete Valenti


curated by
llio sophia


March 2020-
August 2021


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. 

llio sophia, Curator



graphic design by
Ezra Arsenault


curated by
Ezra Arsenault


May-June 2020

Scream as in whisper, as in be small but in the way so that nobody can pass without tripping over you, as in observe everything away so that everyone else can see through your eyes, as in crouch beneath the dinner table and put cayenne on everyone’s plates. Then we will be able to taste you. Speak quietly but right in their ears, scream as in whisper so that they can’t help but hear you; even if your voice doesn’t register your ideas will. These are the unseen hands behind performance art in Chicago: the Defibrillator Gallery Apprentices

Ezra Arsenault,
Curator



graphic design
by
Ezra Arsenault


curated by
Ezra Arsenault


March-April 2020

Stars talk to each other in the massive language of gravity and blinding light, cells communicate in one of fluid and hormonal exchanges. Blood Constellations aims to speak about speaking, as in about the languages entities use to mark their existences on the faces of others, to exert their presence in a world of abundant magnitudes, some receptive some indifferent. Endless worlds and endless words are contained in our universe. Ants speak in pheromones, f*gs in dick pics, women in whisper networks, rocks in eons and water, hospitals in bill notices, genitals in the rise and fall of orgasm, minds in neural networks, and organs in the exchange of blood.

Ezra Arsenault,
Curator
events


hosted by
Rabha Ashry


May 2021

“I know it is possible to stay full of wonder” was H&’s inagural Poetry Club meeting with a discussion about Ariana Brown’s work Death Poem. We discussed the sentiments of where you were when Michael Jackson died, “[love] being the best you’ll ever get”, and “[poetry] teaching us where to go from here.”



May 2021

We were so happy to invite the H& community to celebrate the SAIC graduating class of 2021! This mixer required masks and encouraged social distancing. We preferred fully vaccinated attendees. We hoped folks would enjoy each others company and have old friends meet new faces!


graphic design by
Pete Valenti


panel discussion
curated and
moderated by
Mia Morettini


Jaunary 2020

Holly and the Neighbors is happy to facilitate a dialogue between Mahsa Biglow, Francisco-Fernando Granados, DJ Malinowski, Laura Waltje, and Will Zeng— five past Singing on a Sinking Ship residents whose work thrives at the intersections of text and image.

Mia Morettini, Curator


photo by
llio sophia

September 2020

Holly and the Neighbors was happy to host a conversation between llio sophia, DJ Malinowski, Will Zeng, Sara Zielinski, Erica Mott, and Paige Naylor reflecting on the first 66 pages of adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds.

llio sophia, Host
 


August 2020

Though our staff is bound to change, morph, expand, and contract depending on the wingspan of each person involved, we are grateful for every fingerprint on this project. We value the time people spend with us and earnestly let people know that the door is always open if they need to flutter away for a while, but are wondering if they can return in the future. The answer is always—yes. Folks are welcome to come and go as they please. So, as of August 2020, here are the wonderful people who made up our staff. 

llio sophia,
Executive Director


portrait by
llio sophia

Spoken Word Event


February 2020


Kissing Booth was an evening of lipstick stains and spoken word, improvisation and discovery, intimacy and community. It was an opportunity for people to come together over a shared sense of logophilia. With an open mic set up, kissing booth invited folks in attendance to speak, to share something written, to transform words on a page to an atmophere connecting strangers in a room. This event was Holly and the Neighbors’ inaugural event.

llio sophia, MC




storytelling


Musician
James Slay

Producer
Dagō

Video Composer
llio sophia

April 2020
In a time of emotional turbulence, this creative connection with a stranger provided llio a newfound sense of hope for the future.

llio sophia, Collaborator



video still by
llio sophia


lecture by
llio sophia


March 2021

Storytelling is the generated wisdom after hurdles are stumbled over and mountains that are so high you’re all of a sudden surrounded by orange clouds when you climb them. It is mistakes made and successes won. Storytelling is survival.

llio sophia, Lecturer


sculpture and
graphic design by

Ezra Arsenault


interview subject
Ezra Arsenault

interviewed by
llio sophia


October 2020

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.

llio sophia, Writer


Yue Xu
in conversation
with
DJ Malinowski


June 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors.

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director




Kathryn LaMontagne
in conversation
with
Kathleen Radigan


May 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors.

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director



Lucy Wanchun Leith
in conversation
with
Sachi Leith

April 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors.

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director


Madison Wilke
in conversation
with
Laura Waltje


April 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors.

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director


April 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors.

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director




March 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors. 

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director


Will Zeng
in conversation with
Ezra Arsenault

March 2020

Anyone remember Black Widow Books? These are the zines that were made before that project collided and melded with Holly and the Neighbors. 

llio sophia,
Former Black Widow
Books Director




March 2020

There is nothing I believe in more than the ability for art to build, nourish, enrich, and transform our communities.

llio sophia, Writer