"He just wants to do art with us … We’re art kids."

For the past six months, the MCA’s video production team has been working hard to document The Mark Bradford Project. We have interviewed dozens of people involved in the project and made trips all over the city, and even to LA, to capture footage of the project in progress. Our goal was to put together a video, to be played at Mark’s exhibition opening, that told the story of the important work that had already taken place during the residency.  Enjoy!

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Student exhibition closes tonight!

(Re)Connect
May 26 - June 2, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
at Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S State Street
Free and open to the public!

(Re)Connect features artwork created by 15 students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago Public School, and six teenagers from YOUmedia, a drop-in digital and media program at the Harold Washington Library. The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and works in a variety of digital media, including sound and video. Inspired by Mark Bradford’s work and his practice, students at Lindblom responded to the related themes of journeys and mapping. Students at YOUmedia responded to specific works by Bradford, reinventing and remixing to create their own artworks.

Photos: Opening reception for (Re)Connect, at Pop-Up Gallery, Chicago, May 25, 2011. Part of The Mark Bradford Project. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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Art is not something outside of their experiences. It lives right there with them.

— Mark Bradford, about the youth artists from Lindblom and YOUmedia, whose work is currently on display in (Re)Connect, an exhibition at a Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S. State Street, Chicago. 

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Student exhibition opening tonight!

Join us for the opening of (Re)Connect at Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S State Street, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Free and open to the public!

(Re)Connect features artwork created by 15 students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago Public School, and six teenagers from YOUmedia, a drop-in digital and media program at the Harold Washington Library. The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and works in a variety of digital media, including sound and video. Inspired by Mark Bradford’s work and his practice, students at Lindblom responded to the related themes of journeys and mapping. Students at YOUmedia responded to specific works by Bradford, reinventing and remixing to create their own artworks.

(Re)Connect 
May 26 - June 2, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Memorial Day

Photos: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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be more, ask more, say more, and live more

When I visited Lindblom in March to meet with students to discuss and motivate their individual projects in process for the Mark Bradford Project, I found many new places I couldn’t have expected. The studio (classroom) was alive with individuality, personal visual vocabulary and concepts that asked questions about journeys.

Journeys of the past impressed in the soles of our shoes, documented in photographs that would turn the head of Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons. Journeys that come together in the same place almost everyday captured in still  frames that are then distributed equally on the map. Journeys of the future that are filled with abundance of opportunities, choices, fears, dreams, and successes fed daily through what one wished to be fan mail.

There was an ephemeral quality in the room, a buzz that hung in the air and swirled through the hands of each student as they individually focused during the class. It spoke of commitment, challenge, and self-expectation knowing that the end of the journey for the work produced is an exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and their mentor, Mark Bradford.

When I left the school that day and the old wood front door fell behind me, I whispered thank you to Mark Bradford and Nathan Diamond, for being who they are, for being an inspiration, for searching for truth and justice, for challenging themselves and others, and for asking the museum, the students, the education system, the teachers, and myself to be more, ask more, say more, and live more.

Cheryl Pope, Artist; Images of Cheryl working with Lindblom student Renee Alvarez on “College Dress,” © MCA Chicago.

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Renee Alvarez: “College Dress”

Renee Alvarez, a senior at Lindblom, has received stacks of colorful mail from colleges all over the country. Rather than toss it, she stuffed the mail in a drawer, and is now creating an elaborate dress with it. “I am ripping and folding paper over and over and then sewing these shapes together in the form of a ball gown,” she said, when asked about her process.

Part of Renee’s inspiration came from viewing Mark Bradford’s video Practice, in which he plays basketball while wearing an oversized hoop skirt. Renee recognizes a connection between Mark’s video about overcoming an obstacle to achieve a goal, and her own journey through high school, then preparing for what lies ahead. “I wanted to emphasize the journey after graduation from high school, that’s why I want to use the college mail.” 

The concept of the dress surprised her friends and family because, as Renee says, “I’ve never made a dress before; I don’t sew. I draw and I paint, that’s what I do. So when I told them, it was like ‘Really? Gosh you just want to do everything.’” Renee plans to attend an art college and is currently weighing (or maybe wearing) her options, as she works feverishly to complete her “College Dress.”

Text and top two photos by Mia Wicklund; bottom photo by Nathan Diamond.

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Michael Moore: “Sole”

“My project is basically pictures of people’s soles.”

Lindblom senior Michael Moore has spent the year collecting shoes from his classmates, tearing them apart, and photographing the soles. Building on Michael’s personal interest in shoes, his project examines what the soles say about their owners, “I wanted to express a sort-of individuality, but at the same time we’re also similar, through the way we dress, the areas we come from, and from looking at the soles you can see all these things.

“Whether it’s an expensive pair of vintage Adidas, versus someone who has a pair of Air Force 1, you can tell economic status, maybe the neighborhood they come from. From the way the sole looks, so if its perforated, and it has rocks stuck in it, and gum and other things, you see the terrain they traveled to get to wherever they have to go, versus someone who maybe gets dropped off to school everyday, who has a perfectly clean pair of shoes.”

Michael’s project will be presented as a series of large-scale c-prints of the dissected soles of students’ shoes.

Text by Sarah Wambold, Multimedia Manager, MCA; Images (top to bottom): Michael Moore working on his project, “Sole.” Photos © MCA Chicago

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Mark really knows each student’s project and sets the bar high for them.

Jackie Terrassa, MCA Associate Director of Education, Public Programs

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Works-in-progress

When Mark visited the Lindblom students in February, he asked a lot of questions, honed in on each project, and guided these young artists to think about their creations on a scale that will allow them to be displayed. Associate Curator Tricia Van Eck and Senior Preparator Erica Erdmann checked in on their progress to help the students envision their projects’ completion and exhibition. Mark will continue to give guidance via video conferencing, while students work diligently to source materials and focus their efforts.

Mia Wicklund

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I want my students to be high school students that make art, not students that make high school art.

 Nathan Diamond quoting Jorge Lucero

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