Artist talk by Jessica Bingham for the Illinois Art League Members’ Meeting.
Jessica Bingham is a curator and artist based in Peoria, IL. She is the Curator of Art II at University Galleries of Illinois State University and since 2015 has co-operated Project 1612, a short-term residency and independent artist-run space in the garage at her home. Jessica is a multidisciplinary artist exploring childhood nostalgia, loss, home, and now, motherhood; these themes are implemented in various forms including painting, found-object assemblages, and interactive installations. During her visit, she will discuss curating, both independently and institutionally, navigating studio time as a new mother, and how the age-old Golden Rule applies to her practice.
Project 1612 co-founders, Jessica Bingham and Alexander Martin, will be presenting at ArtsPartners The Business of Art conference on Saturday, February 9th at 10am. Their session, ‘Calls, Proposals, & Exhibitions,’ will cover exhibition applications, proposals, and where to look and apply for calls for artists. They will also discuss install etiquette and how to professionally prepare for group and solo exhibitions.
The Business of Art is a one-day event designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business. Through seminars and networking, The Business of Art will assist artists of all disciplines with establishing or enhancing their businesses.
A full list of sessions and registration for the conference can be found here.
Exhibition review for the Bradley University MA Exhibition. This review is part of Sixty Inches From Center’s Sixty Regional, a project that partners with artists, writers, and artist-run spaces highlighting art happening throughout the Midwest and Illinois.
“The artwork seems to glow from within, especially in the winter, and the MA Exhibition was no exception. Large-scale paintings by Jack Crouch fill the walls, the rich historical narratives from which they are derived interrupted with playful teddy bears and children’s toys, a window into the life of the painter. Natalie Zelman’s organic ceramic objects cover pedestals that sit lower to the floor, creating reflective landscapes. The back walls of the gallery are plastered with a large floor to ceiling installation of painted cardboard, fabric, and paper by Peter Ahart. Considering varying backgrounds and interests in their studio practices, the exhibition was thoughtful and unified.”
Read the entire review here.
"At first glance, Jessica Bingham’s beautiful paintings are abstract and colorful, but describing them as “intentionally casual,” you’d be forgiven for glossing over the more grim underlying ideas surrounding childhood and mortality." - Kate Mothes
Read the interview here.
Show runs until September 8th, 2018 with a Gallery Talk on Tuesday, August 7th (begins at 6:00pm).
I will be presenting on Project 1612, alongside co-founder Alexander Martin, at Beyond Alternatives, an inaugural 2-day symposium in Champaign, IL organized by Dulcee Boehm and Cory Imig. This symposium will focus on artist-led organizing outside of large metropolitan areas.
More information on the symposium and other speakers can be found here.
Participating artists include:
Yesenia Bello, Jessica Bingham, Candor Arts, Amanda Cervantes, Michael Curtis Asbill, Rachel Foster, Tracie Hayes, Marlo Koch, Justin Nalley, Barbara Polster, Sarah H. Reynolds, and John Steck Jr.(Curated by Alexis Brocchi)
Studio visit and interview with Pleat Gallery. Read the full interview at pleatgallery.com.
"I’d say my work is visually childlike and playful, but has dark undertones about loss, addiction, and nostalgia for childhood. I usually work either in painting or installation and my art is informed by cemeteries I have visited or the neighborhood I grew up in. My paintings are abstracted observations of those visits, focused on the layout of the cemetery, tombstones I found interesting, and the piles of flowers, candles, balloons, letters, and dirt that are on plots or in recycling bins. My installations tend to reference those visits more literally with mounds of dirt, flowers, grass, and even tents and childhood games like hopscotch."
The Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches centered in the historic village of Oak Park, IL. This year, the Enos Park neighborhood in Springfield, Illinois will serve as an outpost site for the 3rd Terrain Biennial and will feature seventeen sites throughout the neighborhood.
The 3rd Terrain Biennial at Enos Park will launch with a preview night on Saturday, September 30th. On the eve of the official start of the 2017 Terrain Biennial, curators, artists, property owners and community members are invited to gather in Enos Park to tour the sites between from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. An after party will follow at the Springfield Art Association.
Participating artists and curators include:
James Pepper Kelly + Ruslana Lichtzier
Hideous Beast (Josh Ippel and Charles Roderick) + Lindsey Caplice
Sage Dawson + James McAnally
Amanda Bowles and Jesse Vogler + Jeff Robinson
Alika Cooper + STNDRD
Natalia Villanueva Linares and Noël Morical + Erin Hayden
Jason Reblando + Kendra Paitz
Jeffrey Michael Austin + Say Uncle
Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades + Allison Lacher
Emily Ward Bivens + Guen Montgomery
Cassandra Davis + Greg Ruffing
Betsy Dollar + Corrin Smithson McWhirter
James Hatton + Jessica Bingham
Heather Brammeier + Mark Rospenda
Ahmed Oszver + Carrie Cooper
Dulcee Boehm and Cory Imig + Frances Lightbound
Dawn Gettler + Chrissy LaMaster
The Terrain Biennial in Enos Park is organized by Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson.
A map of all Terrain Biennial locations and the dates of the openings for each neighborhood will be posted to www.terrainexhibitions.com. The 3rd Terrain biennial at Enos Park will run through November 15th.
About the Terrain Biennial:
Founded in October of 2011 by artist Sabina Ott and author John Paulett, Terrain Exhibitions and The Terrain Biennial repurposes private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows, turning them into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. The projects at the 3rd Terrain Biennial will range from sculptural installations to time-based performances to public interventions.