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Wednesday, January 24, 6pm
Please join us for a conversation with Life Cycles artists William J. O’Brien, Devin T. Mays, Iris Bernblum, and Ava Wanbli moderated by Bibiana Suárez where they will share their changes as artists, their experiences as teaching artists, and art as a mode of survival.
Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien works in multiple media: drawing, painting, ceramic, metal sculpture, installation, and assemblage. His artistic expression, which is grounded in drawing, reflects a broad range of cultural influences, including ethnography, psychedelia, pop, poetry, geometry and art history.
Devin T. Mays is a Chicago-based artist who has developed an interdisciplinary practice that he often refers to as an investigation of the infinite, a practice-in-participation, a practice-in-practice. Through sculpture and installation, sound, performance, and photography, Mays creates poetic gestures of observation and ritual.
Iris Bernblum is a cross-disciplinary, conceptually based artist with a deep interest in psychoanalysis. She explores ideas around human nature, power and vulnerability, focusing primarily on the way we frame our sense of self in regard to gender, sexuality, pleasure and desire.
Ava Wanbli is a new media performance artist who uses video, performance, 3D scanning, sculpture, and game engines to reconstruct dynamics of spectacle and intimacy through eroticized mediation of the body.
Bibiana Suárez, born and raised in Puerto Rico, has resided in Chicago since 1980. She has a BFA (1984) and an MFA (1989) in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a professor in The Art School at DePaul University.