Saturday, June 27, 2009


That You Can Carry
New work by Allison Yasukawa

For Second Bedroom Project Space, artist Allison Yasukawa proposes new forms of engagement with ethnography. Experimenting with art based research techniques; Senegalese expatriates were asked to create drawings from memory of their Senegalese neighborhoods allowing for an experiential relationship with the past. The drawings as well as interviews with the expatriates were used to inform the construction of a series of hats embedded with the recorded audio from the interviews. Come and experience if the ethnographic hat will make the man.
Allison Yasukawa is a Chicago-based artist. Her work is multi-disciplinary and addresses questions about embodiment and communication through low-tech interactive works. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Sleeping Around
an installation by Anni Holm
Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 7-11pm

In the creation of Sleeping Around Chicagoland based Danish artist Anni Holm explores personal relationships prompted and/or developed by sleeping in someone’s guest room. For her installation at Second Bedroom, Holm collaborates with friends and family to recreate specific objects from these spaces in order to explore their commonalities and divergences.

Anni Holm is a conceptual artist working with photography, installation, performance, and collaborative art. Born in Randers, Denmark, Anni holds a Studenter Eksamen in math from Randers Statsskole, Denmark and attended here after Krabbesholm Art College. She graduated with a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago 2004, where she received the Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship twice. In 2005, she received an artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, was a Featured Artist during the Chicago Artists Month in 2006, and was named a Break Out Artist in Newcity Chicago in 2007. Anni has performed and exhibited her work at various locations nationally including Ohio University Gallery, Ohio; Waterloo Center for the Arts, Iowa; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York; Space 301, Alabama; along with the Glass Curtain Gallery, the National Museum of Mexican Arts, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, all in Chicago. Since 2006 Anni has also toured the country with the ever-expanding NetWorking knitting project. International exhibitions include the group exhibitions at Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland, Amos Andersons Konstmuseum, Finland, Ljungbergmuseet, Sweden and Norsk Folkemuseum, Norway. Anni co-founded Art Walks Chicago, an annual public performance art series on the streets of Chicago, with former performance partner Nyok-Mei Wong in 2004. She is the founder and curator of the three-day multimedia art exhibition artXposium and artINcorporators umbrella arts organization, both based in West Chicago, Illinois, where she also resides.

*Image: Anni Holm, Bedroom window, DeKalb, 2009