2700 W North Ave

Chicago, IL

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December 13, 2019 – January 18, 2020

Opening reception: Friday, December 13, 7–9pm
Gallery hours are by appointment during the run of the exhibition


Roshini Agarwal, Faysal Altunbozar, Cindy Bernhard, Théo Bignon, Kyongsim Chang, Comme des Garçons, Em Marie Davenport, Maddie Gournay, Kimberly Tingyi Guo, Yumin Kang, Justin Jung Won Lee, Alex Paik, Maddie Reyna, Samuel Schwindt, Aram Han Sifuentes, Yujin Song, Ruby T, Sofia Wehrle, Michael Winfield, Jade Yumang, and Mora Zhu

Curated by Matt Morris


“But more than naming a symptom, it identifies a process whereby personhood is conceived and suggested (legally, materially, and imaginatively) through ornamental gestures: gestures that speak through the minute, the sartorial, the prosthetic, and the decorative. Ornamentalism is thus an admittedly rather inelegant word that describes a very elegant (that is, seamless) alchemy between the borrowing properties of thingness and personhood…the flesh that passed through objecthood needs ornament as a way back to itself.”

—Anne Anlin Cheng. “Ornamentalism: A Feminist Theory for the Yellow Woman,” pp. 429, 445

The space that houses Siblings is a home that is made to function as a site of display. It is into this confluence of the domestic and institutional, the private and public, that this group of artists explore the potential for decoration, ornament, and abstraction to catalyze new sensitivities around the ways that geopolitical power has been sorted into East and West, haunted by those desiring, appropriative impulses of orientalism. Projects based in painting, textile, and installation draw from aesthetic traditions that transgress borders between interior decoration, art historical canons, fashion, and craft in order to develop a discourse that acts promiscuously in relation to genre and category, while advancing an ethics that is inclusive of beauty, labor, and the means of production. The resulting exhibition is a feverish, heated interplay among tropes of geometric abstraction, sexual politics, cosmetic confections, and intricate handicraft. Embodiment is made to return, transfigured into pattern, decoration, and far-flung abstracted entities.

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Artists and Curator Biographies:

Roshini Agarwal is an artist and writer from India. Agarwal is currently pursuing her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is interested in the poetics, obliteration, erasure, accentuation, contextualisation, augmentation and reduction of space through lines.

Faysal Altunbozar is an artist and exhibition organizer based in Chicago, IL. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship and a Shapiro Graduate Research Fellowship. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design from Istanbul Bilgi University. Altunbozar has exhibited internationally, including recent exhibitions at Space P11 (Chicago, IL) in a two-person project with Martha Poggioli, 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Ca’ Foscari Zattere (Venice, Italy) KOT 0 (Istanbul, Turkey).

Cindy Bernhard is a painter living and working in Chicago.  She received her MFA in Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design in California. In her work she uses imagery borrowed from pop culture, beauty supply products, and motifs from lifestyle blogs to humorously critique the nature of artifice.

Théo Bignon is a French artist currently based in Chicago, IL. After receiving his BA in Political Science and Cultural History from Sciences Po Paris, he moved to the U.S, first to Pittsburgh, PA, for an exchange program at the University of Pittsburgh. He fell in love, both with the city and then an actual person, and stayed in the country. His work has been exhibited at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Site in Brooklyn, NY, the Visual Art Center in Richmond, VA, Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as other galleries across the US. Théo is also one of the three co founders of Abstract Lunch, a fast-paced weekly curatorial project occurring during lunch time at SAIC, where he is currently completing his MFA.

Em Marie Davenport (b. 1999) is from Columbia, Missouri, and studies in Chicago at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in both the Painting and Performance departments. Revisiting memories, redefining anecdotes, magic and the idea of ritual, the symbolism of home, self-preservation/self-actualization, and intuition are some of Davenport’s main topics of focus. Davenport loves the woods and spends the majority of allotted free time on the internet, learning new things and being evil.

Maddie Gournay is a multi-disciplinary artist attending SAIC, born and raised in Texas. Their work focuses around fetishism and secrecy. When they aren't painting they're thinking about power and going on the internet to look at pictures of cute animals, taxidermy, rocks, and crime scenes.

Kimberly Tingyi Guo is an artist from China who focus on exploring of her identity as a multicultural-background person, or just a young female who wonders a lot about this world.  

Justin Jung Won Lee is an artist based in Chicago. Lee is currently a student at the School of the Art Institute, mainly focused in painting and drawing but works span to fibers and sculpture.

Alex Paik is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores perception, interdependence, and improvisation within structure through site-responsive geometric modular wall installations. His work has been shown at galleries and art fairs nationally and internationally. He is the founder and Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a non-profit network of artist-run spaces and Gallery Director at Trestle Gallery, a non- profit arts organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. From 2015-18, he was Curator of Satellite Art Show, an alternative art fair in Miami.

Maddie Reyna is an American artist whose work exercises pure subjectivity. She is Assistant Program Director at Ox-Bow School of Art. Previously director of Julius Caesar, host of the art review radio show, Wang, on in Brooklyn, Editorial Associate for Contemporary Art Daily, and founder of Dreamboat, a Pilsen space dedicated to love. She received her MFA from SAIC in 2014.

Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest. 

Samuel Schwindt is a sculptor based in Chicago, Illinois and is originally from Indianapolis, IN. He will receive his BFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in fall 2019. He has shown interdisciplinary work at fashion shows in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary of Art, Merchandise Mart, and at various galleries in Indianapolis, Chicago, and New York.

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.

Sofia Wehrle is an artist and educator based in Chicago. Sofia has exhibited at the ISHAE Exhibition, Bridgeport, IL; the Fine Arts competition, Batavia, IL; the Downers Grove Library Exhibition; Blick Art Showing, Chicago; and the Mosaic Fine Arts Show, Downers Grove, IL. Sofia is a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studies Fine Arts and Art Education. Her practice ranges from painting, sculpture, film/sound and performance. In her free time she loves to bake and dance.

Michael C. Winfield is an artist based in Chicago. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Fiber and Materials Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Jade Yumang’s work primarily focuses on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. He was born in Quezon City, Philippines; grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; immigrated to unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, BC, Canada; and currently lives in Chicago. He is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kyongsim Chang, Yumin Kang, Yujin Song, and Mora Zhu are all current BFA candidates at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their studies have included working in the Painting and Drawing Department, most recently in the course Décorientations which forms the basis for this exhibition.

Matt Morris is an artist, writer, educator, and curator based in Chicago. He has presented artwork nationally and internationally including Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York; Krabbesholm Højskole, Skive, Denmark; Shane Campbell Gallery, Queer Thoughts, and Gallery 400, Chicago, IL; The Mary + Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL; The Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL; The Poor Farm, Manawa, WI; and The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. He is a contributor to, Art Papers, ARTnews, Flash Art, Newcity, Sculpture, The Seen and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly; and his writing appears in numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. He is a transplant from southern Louisiana who holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and earned an MFA in Art Theory + Practice from Northwestern University, as well as a Certificate in Gender + Sexuality Studies. In 2017 he earned a Certification in Fairyology from Doreen Virtue, PhD. Morris is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 


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Siblings Inaugural Exhibition

March 22 – April 28, 2019
Opening Reception Friday March 22, 5PM to 8PM

The Condo Association is changing it's name to... Siblings! We have organized a large celebratory group exhibition, "Siblings", to herald our official name-change.


In addition to our opening reception, a closing reception will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 3PM to 8PM.

Participating Artists:

Efrén Arcoiris, Pete Brooks, Annie Chang, ColectivoMultipolar,
Jory Drew, Whit Forrester, Michael David Franklin, Kenneth Guthrie, Meg Hahn, Stevie Hanley,

Zachary Hutchinson, Human after all, Audra Jacot, Vesna Jovanovic, Dylan Cale Jones,

Em Kettner, Trent Leipert, Daniel Luedtke, Mev Luna, Lucille LeSewer, David Nasca, Dutes Miller, Kris Mortensen, Jared Packer, B Quinn, Colin Roberson, Xavier Robles Armas, Shawn Rowe, Anna Showers-Cruser, Teddy Smith, Nayeon Yang, Caleb Yono, Zinforma

*Photo Credit: Zinforma

Choreography/Co-Art Direction: Camila Rivero Pooley

Experimental Filmmaker/Co-Art Director: Eduardo Fabian Montes

Movement Artist (in the excerpt): Stephanie Banes

Built From Obliterated Places:

Hadeyeh Badri and Alex Younger

May 19, 2019
Opening Reception Sunday May 19, 3PM to 6PM

Trauma seeps through the everydayness of life: we realize there is very little we can contend with when attempting to resolve trauma, so we amek. In spaces where dignity and agency were lacking, Alex Younger and Hadeyeh Badri envision an exhibition that invites reflection on circumstances they have had to endure. The capacity to create counters silence and enforces the legitimacy of paralyzing experiences.


Fiber practices offer a language that unites gesture, touch, memory, choice, and ritual. An inquiry into trauma gives birth to work that speaks to many aspects of our human condition; embodiment, illness, grief, stress, mortality, social/political/ethical relations, etc.. Invisible pains that we feel, inescapable pains that bear no trace, are emulated by exposing content into the foreground. This emulation, however, often points at our failure in articulating our physical and mental pains. The traumatized body is and wants to remain in sight: she does not retreat, she confronts the beholder. The original sites of trauma are not always visible. The viewer will look at a broken surface, a highlighted area, a color, a body (or lack thereof), a bristly texture and fragmentary text.


Alex Younger confronts the politics of visibility and erasure around sexual trauma and institutional reinforcement. The viewer becomes a witness to the content within fractured texts and unsettled bodies on display. The work is uncomfortably objective, leaving response up to the viewers--clinical detachment or heavy consciousness, denial, or confirmation. Younger's strategies of working with different hand-weaving structures push pain towards visibility and invisibility.

Hadeyeh Badri uses stitching and weaving to place the sick body within practices that require touch, care, labor, accumulation, and therefore, remebrance. The bodies (or lack thereof) she created out of paper, weaving, looms, or medical boxes, are sites of tragedy. The finished works are encountered as unfinished processes seeking to keep a memory alive and ongoing.