IDxID: New Identities

May 3 – June 28, 2012

The opening reception is Thursday, May 3, 2012, 5 to 8 p.m.

IDEA Odyssey Gallery hosts its bi-annual Open Call exhibition, IDxID: New Identities, juried by C. Davida Ingram. This showcase of diverse contemporary visual arts features work from Adrain Chesser, Timothy White Eagle, Kat Larson, Kathy Liao, Mihai Coman, Rafael Soldi, Robert Terry II, Zel Brooks, ilvs strauss, Zorn Taylor, and others. Featured mediums include photography, video, painting, and sculpture.

IDxID: New Identities explores identities and how they shape our worlds. The exhibition’s Open Call asked artists to explore in submitted works: “What can we do with identities?”

Juror: C. Davida Ingram

C. Davida Ingram is a cultural worker who is a performance artist and writer. Her own work focuses on cultural studies, queer theory, gender politics, poetics and the intersections between art and commnity-building. Ingram lives and works in Seattle, Wash.

Contributing Artists: 

Zel Brook
Adrain Chesser
Mihai Coman
Kat Larson
Kathy Liao
Frederic Moffet
Rafael Soldi
ilvs strauss
Zorn B. Taylor
Robert Terry II
Timonthy White Eagle

Exhibition Statement 

Census boxes, credit reports, online avatars, passports (and the absence thereof). These are just a few social conditions that claim to tell us who we are and what we do. How do artists give us new maps to navigate these territories? How do they pull us up? Whole? Fractured? Well, let’s see . . . The unseen is often at stake when we talk identities. Zel Brooks turns the notion of blindness on its very head in her sculpture Threatening + Dangerous Cane. She uses the cane, a venerable instrument of blindness to discuss disability with an astonishing humor.  Photographers Mihai Colman and Rafael Soldi reveal ruptures in politics and the heart. Colman’s un-peopled landscapes tell the story of bright colored paint applied to once gray building facades once the Soviet Bloc falls. Soldi shapes a lover’s discourse of internationality and absence in his pieces I’m here; you there and 21 reasons why I love you.

When we get to the new world what will it look like? Robby Terry’s snapshots depict two mass transit riders and their semi-anonymity as they attempt to organize private lives in public. Video artist Frederic Moffet visits the living archive in The Faithful, his homage to Chicago’s oldest gay bar and its stylish (and stylized) denizens. In Tate Wig and Terry, Adrain Chesser and Timothy White Eagle coronate queer outlaws who claim ritual, sex and magic as the most natural of states. In contrast, Kathy Liao’s painting and Zorn Taylor’s photographs offer their respective female subjects’ direct gaze to the viewer. These women’s portraits intimate a new convention of femininity arriving as people of color move to become an American racial majority.

Despite the changing terrain, the artist portrait still proffers a sense of radical self-transformation. Kat Larson’s video Ursa Major refreshingly invokes 1970s feminist artists Ana Mendieta and Carolee Scheeman. She moves through time and space, covered in mud and blood, and a history of the female body that leaves her subjectivity intact.  In Of Seventeen, Ilvs Strauss gives a fantastical rejoinder to family photo albums, complete with new settings that leave space for a future self not foreclosed by convention but rather self-made.  These ten artists make visible ways of existing within and past the “margins”. Not every possibility. Just a few. The goal is not so much to see (or be) everything, but rather to declare certain particulars that call out new ways of being and becoming to ourselves and Others.

Davida Ingram, Juror