James T Green talks about his work at tonight’s opening, Like.Share.Follow.
photo: Hannah Dunsirn
Anonymous asked: How long does the exhibition go if I missed the opening?
The show will run until November 2nd!
Meet James T Green
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do
I’m an artist, designer and illustrator who loves to create great things for great people. In fine art, I primarily focus on human and social interaction with technology through video, digital based installation, and performance work. In graphic design, I gravitate toward lettering, illustration and branding, including print and web design. I feel that art and design is separated too much in the creative world and I want my work to bridge the gap.
How does social media influence your work?
Heavily! I use social media daily to interact with friends and promote my freelance work, so it was only natural that I placed the mirror on my own habits. After wondering why I was obsessed with its inner workings and society’s current dependance on it, I’ve been using my art practice as a way to personally investigate those questions and making myself more aware of online habits and trends.
What do you want a viewer to walk away with after seeing your work?
I want the viewer to either insert themselves in the piece or open themselves to another person’s perspective. My social interaction with technology is going to be different from someone else’s but there is still a commonality where everyone can connect.
What was the most interesting reaction you have gotten from a viewer?
Laughter! A majority of my work I tend to inject humor, simply because I enjoy being happy and I want viewers to not only view the work with a slight grin, but question why they find it funny or offensive.
Can you tell us a bit about your process in art making?
Usually it starts with me daydreaming about a subject, why something works, or how something became what it is. Nine times out of ten those questions are in the root of human’s relationship to technology. Next I take the question that sparks my interest the most and research the hell out of it. Research can include the history of that subject, to figuring out how technology plays a role. After gaining a strong understanding of the “why,” usually a personal connection is discovered where I can relate to the subject that interests me. Lastly I figure out a way to properly communicate that idea and interest in that is accessible to an audience and construct the piece.
Kevin’s work will be shown at the Hokin Gallery (623 S Wabash) from Sept 6-Nov 2
First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Kevin Serna. I am a recent grad of the BFA and Photo program at CCC. I am 23 and live in the Chicago land area. I have been working in the medium of photography for the past 6 years and as of recently I have been branching out to video art such as the piece that is in this upcoming Hokin exhibition.
What inspired you to create this piece and what were your influences?
I have always been interested in conflict photography and I imagined one day I might go into that aspect of photography myself. The way particular photographs can impact a given conflict for the better has always seemed admirable and necessary to me. Then when I came to CCC and started thinking more critically about photography I started to apply that mode of thought to my interests in conflict photography and because of this last year and a half during the Arab Spring and my focus on writers like Ariella Azoulay, Susan Sontag and Simone Weil who are all writers on concepts of photography in conflict zones or human suffering or both I think my motivation to make work in this area peeked.
How has your work developed in the past few years?
My work has definitely become more purposeful. In that I mean I feel like I have become more thoughtful in my process and in the final product. For me, nothing I show to the viewer is haphazard or used as a filler, it all has its own significant meaning. I think this keeps the work interesting as you can continually discover minute details which add to the larger message of the piece even if the message of the piece is a question you can get a fuller sense of the question being asked and I love that about art. Art it is always about understanding.
Photographer, Ethan Jones
Ethan Jones work will be shown at the Hokin Gallery from September 6-November 2.
What is your process with your work, faces?
I video chat with mostly random people online, and while doing so I look at them and make screen shots. The process is not unlike street photography in a sense, because I’m just looking and responding to what I see. But there is also a relationship that I have with studio portraiture in the process because each subject is literally sitting front of the camera presenting themselves how they want to appear. Once I have hundreds or thousands of screen shots, I edit and see how they will look as prints. There is a fair amount of photoshop work to make prints look how I want them to as the low quality file is enlarged.
Have you been working on any recent projects? What or who influences your current work now?
Yes. I’ve been continuing to work on making images of faces. I’ve also got some other ideas floating in my head that I have very little to say about right now. I’m influenced by a lot of things from the seemingly predetermined yet oddly personal conversations that I have with whoever cuts my hair, to plenty of artists that photograph people. Specifically I’ve always like Rineke Dijkstra’s work, Chuck Close too.
What are your plans for the next year?
I just moved to Minnesota, so I’ve been adjusting to life here, and making work during that process, which has been new and interesting for me. My plans for the next year are to settle in and continue to make work.
The walls have been painted and the gallery is just about ready to hang some wonderful works of art! September 6th is coming up so soon! Don’t forget to mark your calendars.
Sharon painting the plinth
Hope everyone is having a great summer! The Hokin is experiencing an exciting install as we paint some walls, create walls and wire everything just right!
For our next show:
Artists Examine Social Media
Artists Examine Social Media
Our next exhibition is opening soon!
This exhibition uses the work of five Chicago artists to spark a conversation about the impact of social media in our lives today and how these digital platforms influence our views of what, when, and how information can and should be shared.
Kevin Serna, Ethan Aaro Jones, James T Green, Evan Baden, and Josh Billions examine these issues and more in a variety of mediums and platforms. We create online communities to instantly share information, ideas and identity. In social media we are the content creators and the consumers. We are social media.
623 S. Wabash Chicago
Christen Calloway is from Dallas, Texas, and is 22 years old. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Photography in December 2011. Christen has been working for the Hokin Gallery as a project manager and curator since September 2011. Currently, she is curating for the upcoming Hokin Gallery group show centered around social media. In the fall, Christen will be moving to Paris.
Odalis Adrian is a senior Visual Arts Management student at Columbia College Chicago. This semester, she will be assisting with programming and events for the Hokin. She currently works at the Center for Community Arts Partnership at Columbia.
Sharon Sanchez is a New York native and has been living in Chicago since 2009. She is a Junior at Columbia and is majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Visual Arts Management.
Sharon’s role within the exhibition team for this summer’s Hokin Project is as the lead preparator for the exhibition, which is set to open this fall. She is responsible for the exhibition layout, fabrication and installation of the show. As well as keeping track of any media/tech needs, departmental loans, fabrication supplies and working with the curators on designing the proper layout of the exhibition.
Her ultimate goal is to combine her love for graphic design with the knowledge, leadership and creativity that is required to develop, mount and present a successful exhibition.