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Nitty Gritty: works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Blair Bogin, & Kayla Anderson

  • Chicago Artists Coalition 217 N. Carpenter Chicago, IL 60607 (map)

Nitty Gritty features artists who examine the modus operandi of ritual, preservation, and paradoxical longings through sculpture, sound, photography, video, and installation. Through these works, concerns of the social, ecological, and alternative practices come to light. 

Exploring the significance of the human voice as a communicative tool, Alejandro T. Acierto considers narratives of marginalized identities and histories through the use of breath. As a play on futuristic archaeology, Kayla Anderson stores organic objects in acrylic reliquaries as a speculation on the contradictory practices of environmentalism and preservation. Blair Bogin generates documentary-based combinations of photography, video, and writing with a series of interpretive astrological charts, where esoteric divination meets folk psychology. In this work, Bogin narrates her life to accentuate individual characteristics with poetics, humor, and an aptitude for expression.

Acierto, Anderson, and Bogin query notions of community, survivalist cultures, and identity formation in the exhibition, Nitty Gritty.