O P H I U C H U S
Annie Kielman and Delaney DeMott
The arrival of Ophiuchus (the snake bearer as well as shiny new zodiac according to NASA’s recent discovery) underlined the looming interchangeability of the prescribed identity both astrological and metaphysical. Searching for new definitions of social behavior, compromise, respect and understanding has had many preoccupied as of late. To survive and flourish we must adapt. How does adaptation lead to questions of existence, orientation, belief, or one’s survival? When the structure shifts, the rules of the game change, and the framework distorts. The collaborative work of Annie and Delaney is choreographed by call and response. Objects, images, and materials owned/made by each artist are shared and then altered by the other. A continuous exchange is exercised until a piece is jointly removed from the cycle. A common sense of humor, material knowledge and history, reveals moments of mimicry, cheeky antics and a clear, inherent desire to fulfill anticipated potential. We both work hard toward an un-hatched collaborative goal. Expectations, surprise and surrender make room for consequence.
ANNIE KIELMAN (www.anniekielman.com)
Annie Kielman is a Chicago based artist whose multi-media work focuses on reconstructed impressions through manipulations of process, material, and language. Annie received her MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She currently teaches at Harold Washington College and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder of a Print shop and shared artist space in Pilsen. Annie has exhibited and lectured widely in Chicago and throughout the US.
Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Fiber and Material Studies and Department of Contemporary Practices (2013-current), BFA, 2004, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; MFA, 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Select exhibitions; Art For Life, Fulton Market Gallery, Chicago, IL; News and Weather, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penny Museum, Buffalo, NY; Delta College, Michigan Ceramic Art Association, Bay City, MI; K[nō][no̵u]W You. McClean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL; Figure and Ground, Miami Basel, Miami, FL; Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Victory for Tyler Show, Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA; Lectures/Workshops: Lecturer, American University Painting and Drawing, Washington D.C.; Lecturer, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China; Lecturer, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Lecturer, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Fibres and Material Practices; Guest Artist/Educator, OxBow School of Art and Artist Residency; Guest Artist/Educator, Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Awarded: Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT.; HATCH Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago IL.