April 13 – 16, 2023
Navy Pier | Chicago
The Best Booths at Expo Chicago, From Pleated Knots to Poignant Works About Memory
By Maximiliano Duron
April 14, 2023
April 14, 2023
The artists in Fridman Gallery’s presentation at EXPO Chicago 2023 employ innovative artmaking techniques to probe infallibility of historical, genetic and computational data. In the process, they explore how individual and collective memories are encoded in physical bodies.
Debra Cartwright, Lost Childhood, 2023, Watercolor collage on paper, 12" x 16"
Debra Cartwright is interested in depicting the relationship between the black female body and American medical history. She uses paint and mixed media to explore selfhood and her own positioning as the daughter of a gynecologist. Themes in her work include re-embodiment, myth creation, violence, theft and intimacy. She explores a critical understanding of the past while also examining the American healthcare system.
Debra Cartwright, Free, You Thought, 2023, Watercolor collage on paper,
9" x 12"
Debra Cartwright, Lauren, 2023, Watercolor collage on paper, 9" x 12"
Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the 2013 project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (such as hair, cigarette butts, or chewed up gum) collected in public places; and the 2016 project Radical Love in which she genetic material came from Chelsea Manning's DNA samples sent from military prison.
Heather’s work is held in public collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Wellcome Collection, and the New-York Historical Society, among others, and has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to Art Forum and Wired. Heather has shown work internationally at numerous museums, the World Economic Forum, the Daejeon Biennale, and the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Radical Love, 2016, Genetic materials, custom software, 3D prints, documentation
Portrait dimensions: 8"h x 6"w x 6"d
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stranger Visions, 2012 – 2013, Found genetic materials, custom software, 3D prints, documentation
Portrait dimensions: 8"h x 6"w x 6"d; overall dimensions variable
Fidelis Joseph’s painting practice fuses his life experiences in Nigeria and the U.S. Moving from figuration to abstraction, he evades straight-line narratives, focusing instead on complex impressions and emotions embedded in the human psyche. The paintings, however, also reflect Fidelis’s personal history, one of terror born out love – separation from his native village, the loss of his father at a young age, and his brother’s prolonged service in the Nigerian army fighting Boko Haram. The distortion of the subject matter resonates with the emotional interplay of both familial pride and fear of loss.
Fidelis Joseph, HAMMAN, 2022, Oil on canvas, 40" x 32"
Fidelis Joseph, Untitled, 2023, Oil on canvas, 28" x 22"
Remy Jungerman explores the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese Maroon culture, the larger African diaspora, and 20th Century Modernism. Placing fragments of Maroon textiles and kaolin clay used in many African religious traditions in direct contact with materials and imagery drawn from
more “established” art traditions, Jungerman presents a peripheral vision that informs our perspective on art history.
Jungerman represented the Netherlands in the 2022 Venice Biennale, and is the recipient of the prestigious Heineken prize for arts and sciences. In 2021-22 he was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Jungerman’s work is in the permanent collections of several major museums, including The Stedelijk and Kunstmuseum den Hague.
Remy Jungerma, Pimba AGIDA III, 2020, Cotton textile, kaolin (pimba) on wood panel (plywood), 36 x 36 inches
LoVid's works explore the invisible or intangible aspects of contemporary society, communication systems, biological signals, human connection, and the various ways technology seeps into human culture and perception. LoVid signature visual and sonic aesthetic of color, pattern, and texture density incorporates glitch and noise. Navigating between the handmade and the machine-produced, LoVid’s work captures an intermixed world layered with virtual and physical, fantasy and reality, hope and despair, connectivity and isolation.
LoVid’s work has been exhibited, performed, screened, and presented internationally at venues including: Parrish Art Museum, BRIC, The Science Gallery Dublin, The Jewish Museum, MoMA, The Kitchen, Daejeon Museum, Smack Mellon, Netherland Media Art Institute, New Museum, and ICA (London). LoVid is an Art Blocks Curated artist. Their videos, offered as NFTs, are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
LoVid, Marbles, 2023, Dye-sublimation on Poly canvas, hand stitching, 48" x 64. 1/2"
LoVid, Hugs On Tape(Anton_Erica), 2022, Video, color, silent, 00:38, with NFT
LoVid, Magnetism, 2022, Dye-sublimation on Poly canvas, hand stitching, 47" x 70 1/2"