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THE SEEN | Chicago's International 
Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art
 
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Online Issue 30: June
 

THE PROPELLER GROUP // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO
by Patrick G. Putze

The Propeller Group (TPG), currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is an uncommon breed of exhibition, invoking critical thought and the infrequently felt elation that is rarely found in contemporary art. The collaborative of artists—working between Ho Chi Mihn City and Los Angeles—is made up of Matt Lucero, Phunam, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Coincidentally, this exhibition is a first for the MCA’s Ascendant Artist series to feature not only a collective, but also exclusively artists working in Asia. 

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KATJA NOVITSKOVA // KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG
by Vanessa Gravenor

“All you get is light/ but light is actually a lot.” This is the statement written in the press catalog for Dawn Mission (2016), Katja Novitskova’s first solo exhibition, on view at the Kunstverein Hamburg. Novitskova, whose sculptures reconstruct images sourced from the Internet into a minimalist performative space, is a figure who is particularly at the forefront of installation-based practices in contemporary art. Her recent exhibition at the Kustverein Hamburg uses the museum as a type of crucible for extraterrestrial images, where projections of rotating reptile creatures and digitally printed animals on aluminum cut outs coalesce with diagrammatic signage and the language of post-production. 

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SOCRATIS SOCRATOUS // POINT CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
In Conversation with Dr. Kostas Prapoglou

Conveying cogent metaphors of an island’s historico-political mythologies, Casts of an island (2016), is the solo exhibition by Cypriot-born, Athens-based artist Socratis Socratous, currently on view at Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus. Rendering the debris of a unified landscape disengaged from physical borders and manmade restraints, the exhibition is inspired by the artist’s Cypriot roots, and ongoing issues closely associated with the island’s complicated political and diplomatic context. 

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CARLOS ROLÓN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETRIOT
by Sarah Rose Sharp

In some respects, the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (2010), permanently located at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, is the perfect staging context for Carlos Rolón’s, known by the moniker Dzine, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories (2016)A site-specific reprisal of a theme that Rolón has worked on in previous installations, here, the artist’s personal childhood experience of his mother’s work-from-home business as a nail technician is on view. 

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MICHAEL RAKOWITZ // GRAHAM FOUNDATION
by Hiba Ali

In the multi-site exhibition, The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours (2016), at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Michael Rakowitz illustrates the socio-political value of architecture through the process of building—from the artisan, historian, and citizen perspective.

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Chicago Art Critics Forum

THE SEEN and EXPO CHICAGO presented the second edition of the Chicago Art Critics Forum on June 24 at Mana Contemporary Chicago, entitled Salon Review. The Forum featured contemporary critics Terry R. Myers, Susan Snodgrass, Paul Michael Smith, and Matt Morris in a live discussion of exhibitions currently on view in the city. The select line-up of shows up for deliberation range from painting—Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective to Barbara Rossi’s traveling exhibition now on view in Chicago since its installation at the New Museum in New York—to Chicago-based Michael Rakowitz's architectural remains from Istanbul, and Sharon Lockhart's video work featuring young adolescents.

View images from the event below!

Image up top: The Propeller Group, Still from The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, 2014. © The Propeller Group Courtesy of James Cohan, New York. Above: Stephanie Cristello, Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, at the Chicago Art Critics Forum hosted by EXPO CHICAGO and Mana Contemporary Chicago.

               
 For more information about EXPO CHICAGO/2016
   www.expochicago.com