• SHORT ONES | LONG ONES: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips

    SHORT ONES | LONG ONES: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips

    Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, IL
    November, 2018

    November 3 at 2:30pm:
    FREE screening of Short Ones|Long Ones: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips, followed by a public conversation between the artist and Kirin Wachter-Grene (Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and LA&M Visiting Scholar 2017-18).

    This kick-off screening and discussion is a FREE public program
    (18+ only)

    Short Ones | Long Ones: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips is a month-long screening program of 11 works by multimedia artist Heather Raquel Phillips. Ranging in duration from 1 minute to 34 minutes - and from performative action videos, loops, and genre-defying experimental works - Phillips’ time-based work centers, and renders radically visible, her Philadelphia community of femme, POC, trans, and kinky rebels.

    Positioning herself on both sides of the camera lens, Phillips frames (and is framed by) an intimate, critical, and celebratory gaze and sensibility that stirs the visual pot of taste, tropes, and stereotypes of various normativities.

    Short Ones | Long Ones: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips program will be screened throughout the month of November. (The ongoing program will screen Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm at the Leather Archives & Museum, from 11/4 - 11/25.) Program is free with museum admission.

    Heather Raquel Phillips is a mixed race artist living and working in Philadelphia. Phillips explores the intersections of race, class, sexuality & gender through the use of text, video, photo, and objects. By equally employing both documentary and conceptual practices, Phillips develops her documentary research into conceptual projects.

    Phillips received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (2008) and her MFA from University of Pennsylvania (2016) where she was the recipient of the prestigious Toby Devon Lewis Fellowship & the Stuart Egnal Scholarship Award. She has recently exhibited at Mama Gallery, LA, the Ice Box Project Space, Grizzly Grizzly and NAPOLEON in Philadelphia, BLAM Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, The Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, and Hyphen Gallery in D.C. This year she has had a solo show at James Oliver Gallery and a 2 person show at Space 1026 in Philadelphia.

    Phillips is a lecturer of Fine Arts at The University of Pennsylvania, a member of the artist run gallery, NAPOLEON, Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017, and a 2017 recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.

    Kirin Wachter-Grene is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington with a focus on 19th -21st century African American literature and gender and sexuality studies. Dr. Wachter-Grene was the 2017-18 Visiting Scholar at the Leather Archives and Museum. While at the LA&M she conducted research into black women’s historical, manifold involvement with leather, kink, and fetish communities. Her LA&M research will inform her introduction for At the Limits of Desire: Black Radical Pleasure, a special issue of The Black Scholar she is guest editing in honor of the journal’s 50th Anniversary (forthcoming 2020). Dr. Wachter-Grene’s articles and reviews have been published in African American Review, The Black Scholar, Callaloo, The International Journal of Diverse Identities, and InVisible Culture.




    June 30, 2017 - January 14, 2018

    Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, IL

    MATERIALKINK features works by Michael Blake (Brooklyn), Chloe Cooper (Portland), Luis Mejico (Chicago), James Murray (Chicago), David Nasca (Chicago), Betsy Odom (Chicago), Heather Rachel Phillips (Philadelphia), Tamara Santibañez (Brooklyn), Lauren Steinberg (Chicago), Vincent Tiley (Brooklyn), Katie Vota (Chicago), Jade Williams (Chicago), Derrick Woods-Morrow (Chicago)

    This exhibition aims to expand the boundaries of erotic art through contemporary explorations of the materialities that accompany and structure the lifeworlds of alternative sex.

    Matter, desire, fantasy, and power exchange are simultaneously celebrated and examined through a gathering of artworks spanning painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, video, textiles, and installation. Artists in this exhibition incorporate rope, nylon, wax, rubber, fabric, furniture, and leather in ways that evoke the desiring body and its erotic engagement with the substances of kinky sexualties.

  • Moving_Image 00:03

    Moving_Image 00:03

    Lithium Gallery
    March 23, 2018

    Moving_Image 00:00 Founder & Director: Santina Amato
    Festival Administrator: Sarah Skaggs
    Guest Curator: José Santiago Pérez

    Moving_Image_00:03 Artists:

    ATOM-r and Julia Pello
    Andrew Bearnot
    Chrystal Beiersdorfer
    Jan Brugger
    Considered to Be Allies
    Jeanne Donegan & Eileen Rae Walsh
    Meredith Leich
    Angela Lopez
    Yeng Madayag
    Dana Nechmad
    Erika Råberg
    Sherae Rimpsey
    Gabriela Saucedo
    Corey Smith
    Jacqueline Surdell
    JI Yang

    View Preview Here

    Moving_Image 00:03 presents intersecting visual ideas in proximity to analog and digital technologies, choreographies of objects and animate(d) bodies, and historical and personal temporalities.

    Over the course of this collective screening the inside of a toaster becomes a proscenium theatre for dancing molecules, 40,049 queer balloon babies are birthed, female labor catapults across an open field, textual bodies meet at opposite ends of a Lake Michigan sprayed with boiled ink, cinematic jouissance flickers and pants, ice cubes melt, hair is plucked and brushed, a historical reenactment is withheld, a biopolitical industry of the past is doubly foregrounded, a spider leg is caressed, Victorian whales sleep, streaming is animated, contemporary embodiments dance, the evaluatory gaze is reversed, Malcolm X speaks (again), a survival axe announces the beginning of a new political and social reality, and mitochondrial beans pulse and pivot.

    The 16 works in this iteration of Moving_Image range from observational and experimental video, lens-based performance, performative text, and hand-drawn and digital animation, of varying tempos and durations. Bringing together racially diverse fe/male and queer image (re)makers whose practices mine personal and cultural archives, atmospheres, and affects, Moving_Image 00:03 once again celebrates Chicago artists!