transistors

 Image: A. Klass’s “trans in public” photography series, 2018

Image: A. Klass’s “trans in public” photography series, 2018

FEB 21 - MARCH 22, 2019

Ralph Arnold Gallery @ Loyola University

Transistors, in a practical sense, are semiconductor devices capable of amplification and rectification. They are ubiquitous in daily life and enhance our abilities to communicate, listen, & quite literally, hear each other. As a trans arts-laborer, I am seeking to find ways for other queer artists and arts-laborers to not only find each other through creating accessible networks for unification and solidarity in a rigorous art world, but to also create a space to openly interrogate frustrating issues facing queer artists and laborers, through dialogues with artists, educators and activists working in Chicago today.

This is primarily NOT an exhibition. It is a living node of connection in hopes of offering needed resources & experiences for a marginalized group of voices within the arts world. On view will be A. Klass’s “trans in public” photography series, alongside a reading & resource library. During the run of the project, we will manifest micro studio visits, a writing & research residency, “the chart” with photographer A. Klass, and a series of public programs & dialogues driven by queer artists & thinkers within Chicago that will be recorded, transcribed and archived via a publication.

Artists currently involved with the transistors project include: jada amina, Jared Brown, Cameron Clayborn, Oscar Chavez, Angela Davis Fegan, Adam Greteman, Emily S. Kennedy, Betsy Johnson, Anisa Olufemi , and Luan Joy Sherman.

Want to get involved & be in touch?

Pitch a program or request more info: transistors2k19@gmail.com

The Gallery is also assisting in connecting the project with student LGBTQIA+ groups around the city. If you’re interested in holding your meeting or utilizing the gallery as a space for a program, please reach out!

 Image: Harry Styles draped in trans flag at 2nd Los Angeles World Tour stop, 2018.

Image: Harry Styles draped in trans flag at 2nd Los Angeles World Tour stop, 2018.

925 curator in residence

Every Friday during the incubator’s run, the curator will be in residence in the space working on researching and exploring the history of trans and queer artists. They plan to utilize this time to write around questions regarding time, masculinity, transgender art & artists.

The curator will also hold micro studio visits on site available via sign up online. 30 minute studio visits with queer artists/students/organizers who need portfolio reviews, research advice, or have art related quandaries. Additional queer curators may be added if interest demands!

Sign up info coming soon.

 Image: Collaborators A. Klass & A. Gentalen in Colorado, 2018.

Image: Collaborators A. Klass & A. Gentalen in Colorado, 2018.

the chart: queer artists + art laborers

As a trans arts-laborer, I hope to create a network of other queer artists + laborers in Chicago and beyond through a shared residency with artist A. Klass.

Dubbed fondly “The Chart” after the plot device on The L Word, character Alice Pieszecki (played by actual out lesbian, Leisha Hailey) uses a graph to track the interconnected relationships of the lesbian community. It begins as a whiteboard, becomes an online network, & a NPR talk show within the show. Utilizing this mechanism, we seek to find our through lines to each other through queerness & the arts.

On site, Gentalen will interview participants while Klass will take a photograph. These will be compiled for a print publication or online database (TBD). We will also have a form online to accept submissions from queer artists + laborers from the United States (and hopefully internationally.)

We will also be forming a queer email listserv for artists and curators to be in real-time reach and contact, modeled after radio producer/journalist listservs Gentalen was exposed to while working in audio. It is the goal of these projects to connect us to further collaborate together and make it possible for us to build opportunities & joy for our community, adjacent to the one we are required to exist within.

 Image: Artists Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero & Meg Leary outside of Chicago Art Department after a Queer Ritual, curated by Ariel Gentalen, 2018

Image: Artists Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero & Meg Leary outside of Chicago Art Department after a Queer Ritual, curated by Ariel Gentalen, 2018

public program series

From dialogues, to rituals, to a podcast taping, to listening rooms, knitting circles, crying corners: we want it all.

Currently there are dialogues + performances scheduled with participating artists around concepts of transmisogyny, navigating transition within an arts institution, essay clubs, & a curated listening room of audio documentaries about LGBTQIA+ identities.

If you’re interested in participating in transistors, please reach out to:

transistors2k19@gmail.com