On the occasion of . . .
Online artist talks and discussions

Christine Wallers: Death of a Moth
Wednesday, January 27 // 7 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Sadie Woods: A Study in Rhyme & Song – From Minstrel Show Tune to Children’s Nursery Rhyme
Wednesday, February 3, // 5 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Colleen Plumb: Removed from the Domain of Struggle
Wednesday, February 10 // 7 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson: Qualiascope
Wednesday, March 3 // 8 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Joshua Kent: On the impossibility of a singular hand
Wednesday, March 10 // 7 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Maryam Taghavi: Untitled
Wednesady, March 31 // 7 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Lucky Pierre: the old is dying and the new cannot be born
Wednesday, April 28 // 7 PM CST (Zoom.us)

Artist talk recorded on January 20, 2021 for Breathing Room by Alejandro T. Acierto, exhibited at Roman Susan from April 8 to April 27, 2017. 

Acierto is an artist, musician, and curator whose work is largely informed by human relationships to technology. He has exhibited projects at the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Boundary Gallery (Chicago), and Roman Susan (Chicago). His performance works have also been presented as part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, the KANEKO (Omaha), Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival (Chicago), Center for Performance Research (NYC), and Center for New Music and Technology at UCBerkeley. Recent curatorial projects have been presented in East Tennessee State University’s Tipton Gallery (Johnson City), Coop Gallery (Nashville), and online for the Wrong Biennial through his online gallery twosixteen.net. He is also co-author of CQDE: A Feminist Manifestx of Code-ing published by Sybil Press with KT Duffy, and has contributed writing for the Journal for Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas and Imperial Islands: Vision and Experience in the American Empire after 1898 edited by Joseph Hartman for University of Washington Press.

Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New York Times, Acierto has performed written and improvised music extensively throughout the US and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a clarinetist and founding member of the Chicago-based new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente and can be heard on several recorded projects on Carrier, Albany, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Avant Media Records. His last issued solo record was also released on Prom Night Records.

Acierto has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, LATITUDE, Chicago Artists' Coalition and was an Field Guide Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. A 3Arts Awardee, he received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was an inaugural Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media and a Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt University. For more information, please visit alejandroacierto.com.

Artist talk recorded on December 15, 2020 coinciding with the exhibition Measures of Distance by Lia Kohl and Nick Meryhew. To view excerpts of the videos mentioned in the talk, visit romansusan.org/measures-of-distance.

Lia Kohl is a cellist and multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She creates and performs embodied music and multimedia performance that incorporates sound, video, movement, theatre, and sculptural objects. She is a curator and ensemble member with the acclaimed performance ensemble Mocrep, with whom she has toured nationally and internationally. She has presented work and performed at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago, High Concept Labs and dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery. As an improviser she performs around the world and with her clarinet/percussion/cello trio, ZRL. She plays with Chicago bands Whitney, OHMME, and Circuit des Yeux. She tours with Chicago based puppet theatre company Manual Cinema.

Nick Meryhew is an experimental musician, curator, improvisor, and armchair geologist. Their work explores ideas of assemblage, hybridity, and nonhierarchy through a sculptural approach to found sound. They frequently improvise as a medium through which to investigate social dynamics both personal and political. Nick is a founding/former member of performance ensemble Mocrep, and has presented work at No Nation Gallery, The Hideout, Art Institute of Chicago, High Concept Labs, and MCA Chicago. They currently perform in Chicago with The Lucky Trikes, Runaway Labs Theater, and alongside noise artists Hedra Rowan and Jen Hill. They have curated at Logan Square's Comfort Station since 2017, primarily working on the experimental sound and performance series Gather. They are currently co-artistic director of AG47 Collective, a youth arts collective that facilitates interdisciplinary arts workshops and exhibitions for teens in Logan Square.

Artist talk recorded on December 8, 2020 coinciding with the installation of It makes me wanna by Paige Taul at MirrorLab in Minneapolis, MN. To view the works mentioned in the talk, please visit Transit, It makes me wanna, and I am on paigetaul.com.

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. 

Artist talk recorded on October 22, 2020 coinciding with the exhibition growing down by Rebecca Beachy. 

Rebecca Beachy is an artist, writer, and educator in Chicago whose practice involves deepening attention to the materialities inherent in urban and natural orbits. Her work engages the many subtleties and the complex relationships we have with the natural world. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Born in 1982, Beachy grew up in Denver, Colorado. Past exhibitions include Ralph Arnold Gallery with Roman Susan, Loyola University, Chicago; Sector 2337, Chicago; New Capital Projects, Chicago; Iceberg Projects, Chicago; FRISE, Hamburg, Germany. Beachy’s work has been featured in publications such as Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, UK; Æther Sofia/Haga, Bulgaria, Netherlands; City Creatures, University of Chicago Press, New New Corpse, Green Lantern Press. Beachy’s work has been written about in White Hot Magazine; ArtSlant; Hyperallergic; Armseye; Art Papers; NewCity Chicago; Chicago Reader; Chicago Tribune. Beachy is a recent recipient of 3Arts Make a Wave Grant. For more information about the artist, please visit rebecca-beachy.com.