A new series of artist-guided explorations of Chicagoland, Navigations will launch from the neighborhoods of Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown with self-activated projects created by Christa Donner, JeeYeun Lee, AJ McClenon, Izah Ransohoff + Ruby T, and JI Yang, shared and realized in public/common space.
Christa Donner is an artist, writer, and organizer who investigates the human/animal body and its metaphors. Her practice combines material exploration and social exchange to propose speculative models that move between the emotional architecture of our own bodies and the layered histories of the world we inhabit. Donner's work is exhibited widely, including projects for Gallery 400 (Chicago, USA), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany), BankArt NYK (Yokohama, Japan); Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art (Paphos, Cyprus); the Museum Bellerive (Zurich, Switzerland), the Centro Columbo Americano (Medellin, Colombia), and throughout the United States. For more information, please visit christadonner.com.
JeeYeun Lee is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and activist based in Chicago. Her work has been shown in Chicago, Detroit, Santa Fe, Ohio, Missouri, and France. She has worked with social justice and community-based organizations for over twenty-five years in immigrant rights, economic justice, LGBTQ issues, and domestic violence. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University. For more information, please visit jeeyeunlee.com.
AJ McClenon is an artist and educator from Washington, D.C. McClenon received a BA from University of Maryland College Park, and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. AJ is a faculty member at The School of the Art Institute at Homan Square, a co-founder of F4F, and a director of Beauty Breaks. AJ has shared work at 6018North, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago Park District, Comfort Station, Elastic Arts, Experimental Sound Studio, Filmfront, Gallery 400, Hume, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, Reva & David Logan Center, MCA Chicago, Threewalls, and elsewhere. For more information, please visit ajmcclenon.com.
Ruby T’s work is an experiment in translating fantasy to reality, and she is fueled by anger, desire, and magic. She was named a 2018 Breakout Artist by Newcity and has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Western Exhibitions, Randy Alexander, Roots & Culture, and The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. For more information, please visit rubyt.net.
JI Yang is an artist, curator, writer whose works try to code and decode systems and rethink globalization. JI YAng is a Photographer, Puzzle-maker, Graphic designer, Video toaster and Drawing person. JI has shared work at 6018North, Chicago Cultural Center, Compound Yellow, Lubeznik Art Center, and elsewhere. For more information, please visit jiyang.co.
Image source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Sanborn Map Company, Vol. 17, North, 1928. Sheet 13-14.