Rui Sha and Saebom Yang
Floating in a Room of Water

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
July 7, 2020 to July 31, 2020

Open Fridays, Sundays 4-7, and by appointment.

Rui Sha and Saebom Yang explore the physical form of water, presenting sculptural works prompted by elusive personal memories and transformed urban sites. Floating in a Room of Water is an exhibition actualizing a vital aspect of everyday life – access to water – and presenting this intangible material through furniture setting, tile patterns, and kinetic motion.

Rui Sha is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works in the fields of sculpture and new media. She grew up in Beijing and worked as a furniture designer there before moving to Chicago, where she completed an MFA degree in Art and Technology Studies at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in places such as Elastic Art in Chicago, Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, and CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea. For more information, please visit

Saebom Yang is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Through a space-oriented methodology, her practice is toward the relationship between the changing surroundings/environment and her everyday world as an artist, a citizen, and a living being. Yang earned an MFA in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019. Yang has exhibited past work at Wanted Design and as a part of New York Design Week. For more information, please visit

First image: detail of Catching the Moonlight by Rui Sha; second image, just above: detail of Water Table by Saebom Yang.

Floating in a Room of Water Exhibition Guide (PDF); Water Table (PDF)

A.P. Vague
Forthcoming 2021

This project is inspired by the uncanny experience of unfamiliar locations. I’m interested in the process of capturing information about a given place, and I want to explore the potential slippage between the feel of direct experience and mediated representation. For this work, I will deconstruct images taken in Rogers Park into component elements such as individual colors and values. This is a way to render an area as raw information.

– A.P. Vague

June 21 through June 30, 2020 a preview of the exhibition Ext will be projected during the afternoon and after dark, visible directly from the street, while the storefront space at 1224 W Loyola Ave remains closed to the public.

Ben Creech
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
June 11, 2020 - June 20, 2020

every instance of the word "time" 
from gilles deleuze's cinema 2: the time image

I am an experimental human who makes and unmakes films, texts, sounds, and time. Originally from Kentucky, transplanted to Chicago, my work is based in a sense of radical pedagogy and raw experimentation with material culture, primarily the history of cinema. I've just completed my debut feature film, SELF & other Early Works: the mixtape cut, available on Vimeo. I'm after alternative strategies.

  – Ben Creech

time will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public. The audio on time is Episode XVI from Madlib's Medicine Show #5 – The History of the Loop Digga, 1990-2000. To view more work by the artist, please visit

Paige Taul
It makes me wanna

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
June 1, 2020 to June 10, 2020

An exploration of the expression one makes when the music is just that good. Meant to expand on the assumption of universality and generality in Black expression and whether or not such a feeling is a common experience. It makes me wanna will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Paige Taul is an Oakland, CA native who received her B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in cinematography from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Moving Image. Her work engages with and challenges assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging. Her interests lie in observing environmental and familial connections to concepts tied to racebased expectations and expose those boundaries of identity in veins such as religion, language, and other black community based experiences. To view more work by the artist, please visit

Anna Martine Whitehead
May 18, 2020 - May 31, 2020

For the last two weeks of May 2020, Roman Susan will share selected moving image works by Anna Martine Whitehead while the artist has a solo storefront residency at 1224 W Loyola Ave. Works will be on view each evening, directly from the street, while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Great Kings
May 18, 2020 - May 21, 2020

Shot at the New Chicago Barber Shop in the historically black Fillmore District of San Francisco in 2010. New Chicago was one of the oldest black barbershops in the Bay Area. Director of Photography: Hanh Nguyen.

May 22, 2020 - May 24, 2020

A further exploration of 'Cake Legs,' presented at Chrysalis, one of the exhibitions associated with PLATFORMS: 10 Years of Chances Dances in Chicago, 2015.

To Win The Game Dive To The Bottom & Come Back Up With A Handful Of Mud
May 25, 2020 - May 31, 2020

A reflection on the truths we already knew but which the pandemic is revealed anew. Filmed in Chicago and the Tennessee Valley of California, with sound from the foothills of Angeles National Forest and the dunes of Wisconsin.

Anna Martine Whitehead does performance.

Her work considering a Black queer relationship to time and space has been presented by venues including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Links Hall; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has developed her craft working closely with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. She has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Graham Foundation, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, 3Arts, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Daring Dances, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Rauschenberg Foundation, and Djerassi. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and endurance for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and has contributed chapters to a range of publications including Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (Oxford, 2017). Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). She is currently in residence at the University of Chicago Arts + Public Life.

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