Dymaxion Trajectories presents dynamic new and recent works by Melina Ausikaitis, Daniel Baird, David Berman, Zachary Buchner, Ken Ellis, Nina Katchadourian, Jenny Kendler, Ryan Pierce, Faheem Majeed, Sonja Thomsen, Andrew Yang, and Pinar Yoldas. The exhibition aims to identify contemporary works that extend and converse with the ideas set forth by architect, systems theorist and futurist Buckminster Fuller. Each artist included in this exhibition has a practice that is in dialogue with the utopian, cross-disciplinary models and inventions that Fuller proposed for a possible, spectacular future.
Fuller called himself a "comprehensive, anticipatory design scientist"-or comprehensivist-and believed that his calling was to innovate in such a way as to benefit the greatest number of people using the least amount of resources. As Fuller said "(his) objective (is) humanity's comprehensive success in the universe."
Dymaxion Trajectories gathers paintings, drawings, photographs, textile works, sculpture and installation by artists that suggest and implement unrealized and underutilized modes of progress, potential and impossible futures that rally against preconceived notions of progress and more propagandistic initiatives.
Working in a number of mediums and coming from a variety of creative backgrounds, the artists included in this exhibition are connected through a desire to investigate speculative futures and a hopefulness to invigorate human progress.
Curated by artist and educator Jeremy Bolen and gallerist Andrew Rafacz, it will be presented at Soccer Club Club, an alternative model exhibition space owned and operated by the venerated record label Drag City. The exhibition will open with an artists' reception on February 24, 2018 and continues through April 6, 2018.
Three person show at UW Parkside Art Gallery now open through December 18, 2017. Panel Discussion with the artists November 3, 12-1pm
On view as a part of the New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography curated by Dr Sibylle Hoiman, guest curator Dr Kristina Lowis. This historical survey show includes works by Ray Metzker, Harry Callahan, Kenneth Josephson, Barbara Crane, Charles Swedlund, Aaron Siskind, László Moholy-Nagy just to name a few. Also featured are contemporary positions by Chicago artists: Assaf Evron, Clarissa Bonet (photo credit), Amy Yoes, Raquel Ladensack, Doug Fogelson and Sonja Thomsen.
New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography is the first of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin exhibitions for the 2019 centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus.
A richly illustrated catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition. New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography looks at 80 years of photography from Chicago.
video short by Maeve Jackson
Choreography by Maria Gillespie
September 29 and October 13, 2017
Choreographer Maria Gillespie presents Tangible Space, a performance and movement installation, in collaboration with artist Sonja Thomsen, and in response to the notions and materials of Thomsen’s site-specific exhibition, in the space of elsewhere. Dancers inhabit and activate Thomsen’s multilevel installation, which extends vertically from MMoCA’s ground-floor lobby and up the building’s iconic, three-story glass windows. Much like Thomsen’s work heightens awareness of our surroundings, Gillespie’s choreography similarly calls attention to the materiality of touch, the rootedness of presence, and the of movement light. The dancers’ expansive gestures compose a kinesphere that is elusive and ephemeral, yet still maintains a presence that is achieved through witnessing and reflecting the movements of others inhabiting the space.
Performers include Milwaukee-based choreographer Maria Gillespie with performers Joelle Worm, Maggie Seer and Chantee Kelly. Pat Reinholz will play a cello score constructed from a graphic reading of Thomsen's zine . Platform sculptures that the dancers perform on are by Chicago-based artist Mike Rea.
Admission to these events is free. Visitors are encouraged to move through the installation and view the performance from the multiple levels.
Filmmaker Maeve Jackson is collborating with Thomsen to create a video archive of the "in the space of elsewhere" commission at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, this video is a teaser of that footage...
Aperture has invited the artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms, to curate and implement an improvisational exhibition and series of dialogues that investigates the photographic collective as a model for responsive artistic production.
The collectives included in the exhibition are EverydayClimateChange, Invisible Borders, Kamoinge, Piece of Cake, Rawi(ya), and WRRQ.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Aperture and For Freedoms, along with the participating collectives, will host a series of activities to unite artists, photographers, activists, and the broader community.
October 10 - November 18, Artist Talk October 17
Pleased to be a part of Aperture's Summer Open, Photography is Magic curated by Charlotte Cotton. It is a great list of artists, join us at the opening Thursday, July 14: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) opens a new series of exhibitions with “Your White Light” by photographer Sonja Thomsen. The exhibition opens Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and runs through March 28, 2016. This exhibition features photographs, sculpture and a site-specific installation. Thomsen will present an artist talk preceding the reception December 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
The SFist To-Do List: 12 Cool Things To Check Out This Week... photography opening Sonja Thomsen at Rayko Photo Center
THE ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art
September 18-20, 2015
Taking place during EXPO ART WEEK, The Annual is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by two guest curators, The Annual creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators. Claudine Isé and Alexandria Eregbu are the curators for the inaugural presentation of The Annual.
2015 Exhibiting Artists: Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Macon Reed, Michelle Anne Harris,
Noël Morical, Susy Bielak, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Chelsea Culp, Danielle Dobies, Jean Alexander Frater, Jeroen Nelemans, Neha Vedpathak, Phaedra Call, Sherwin Ovid, Bryan Volta, Anna Martine Whitehead, David Alekhuogie, Danny Giles, Krista Franklin, Esau McGhee, Johana Moscoso, Sonja Thomsen, Meg Leary and Sarah Beth Woods.
Mana Satellite / ADDS DONNA presents...
Moonlight Sleeping on a Midnight Lake
Molly Brandt, Karolina Gnatowski, Jacob Goudreault, Matt Morris, Soo Shin, Sonja Thomsen, and Erin Washington.
September 11 - November 8, 2015
Opening reception Friday, September 11 from 6 - 9 pm, MANA Comtemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop Suite 6116
So often as artists we’re asked to explain our work in such unequivocal terms as to eliminate any chance for interpretation. Opportunities in all shapes and sizes, from grants to exhibitions seem to be doled out based on how neatly we pack ourselves into the appropriate boxes. Moonlight Sleeping on a Midnight Lake is a collection of works by artists whose abstruse tendencies push against such constrictions. Though varying widely in media and content, each use obscurity or even modesty as a strategy of resistance to the usual demands for our attention. They do not offer a standardized black and white answer to their work, but instead are comfortable with elements of ambiguity, uncertainty and doubt - challenging not only the marketable individualism of the commercial art world, but also the benevolent didacticism of the institution.
Open by appointment and for the following public events;
Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, 12 - 4 pm Mana Open house public reception, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Saturday, October 17, 11 am - 4 pm Open House Chicago
Sunday, November 8, 11:30 - 4:30 pm Chicago Humanities Festival
Photography Sees the Surface, July 1 - August 7, 2015, Opening Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Higher Pictures presents Photography Sees the Surface, a group exhibition organized by the artist Aspen Mays.
Artists: Ben Alper, Molly Brandt, Ellen Carey, Lynne Cohen, Linda Connor, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ben Fain, Jackie Furtado, Nick George, Ann Hamilton, Peter Happel Christian, Whitney Hubbs, Lowey & Puiseux, Jessica Mallios, Man Ray, Casey McGonagle, Eileen Mueller, John Opera, Gina Osterloh, Justin James Reed, Meghann Riepenhoff, Melanie Schiff, Adam Schreiber, Frederick Sommer, Sonja Thomsen, Minor White, Jeff Whetstone, and Anonymous.
2015 Photo credit: DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief
"39 weeks," 2010 (c) Sonja Thomsen
Glowing Wavelengths In Between at DePaul Art Musuem, May 14 - August 9, 2015. Includes, figure. 1, 2015, a site-specifc installation of glass microspheres in the stairwell of the museum.
photo credit: Kendall McCaugherty
This week I will begin a residency at LATITUDE Chicago. LATITUDE is a nonprofit digital lab in Chicago that hosts one-month artist residencies. Their mission is “to provide access to high-end digital media equipment, a professional production space, and a curriculum dedicated to real-world workflows and contemporary art theory.” I am looking forward to working with their staff and facilities to produce the works on paper for the site-specific installation of Glowing Wavelengths In Between at DePaul Art Museum, opening May 15, 2015.
The installation will map intersections; of image and object, to the spaces they inhabit and to the ways of seeing. This installation will utilize a variety of media from steel, polycarbonate, vinyl, retroreflective glass, and photographic works on paper. All of these media work together to create a space reflective of perception.
I am pleased to be working with Hahnemühle papers for the exhibition. The photographs function within the installation as both object and conduit, making the selection of the right surface and paper for each print important to my process. The diversity of media and richness of surface found in Hahnemühle papers has been rewarding to experiment with.
Come by the lab to say hello over the next month!
January 15- February 21, 2015
The Moments Between: new work by Rafael E. Vera
Curated by Jessica Cochran
Reception: January 29, 2015, 5-7 pm
In The Moments Between, Rafael E. Vera presents new sculptures fabricated with concrete, pillows, rebar, wooden palettes, and palette trucks. Soft surfaces meet hard edges where lightness and weight collude in works characterized as much by finesse as they are by heavy lifting.
Vera utilizes building materials and domestic objects, which revel in a state of in between-ness and occupy ambiguous space relative to production and consumption, fabricating his palettes, furniture and other objects entirely from scratch and combined with brand new pillows, cinder blocks or palette trucks sourced for artistic purposes alone. In this way, each sculpture is a proposal.
To provide discursive context for Vera’s practice, curator Jessica Cochran will integrate into the exhibition additional works from Vera’s archive and by other artists. Vera and Cochran will collaborate on a limited edition artist's publication.
Image credit: Rafael E. Vera, Pending, 2014, watercolor and graphite on paper, 15” x 12”
tangent is featured in this group show:
Opening: September 12, 2014
Exhibition: September 13 - October 18, 2014
Participating Artists: Olaf Otto Becker & Roman Bezjak, Florian Böhm & Luca Pizzaroni, Richard Caldicott & Erin O’Keefe, Juliane Eirich & Daniel Gustav Cramer, Jonathan Gitelson & Sonja Thomsen, John Goto & Calum Colvin, Anja Jensen & Peter Johansson, Gerry Johansson & Allegra Martin & Patrik Elgström, Leon Kirchlechner & Moritz Maximilian Prüfer, Max Regenberg & Jean-Paul Deridder, Anne Schwalbe & Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler, Matt Siber & Hyoungsang Yoo, Brian Ulrich & Shane Rocheleau, Silvio Wolf & Claudia Pozzoli, Thomas Wrede & Scarlett Hooft Graafland
artists: Anouk Kruithof, Sara Skorgan Teigen, & Sonja Thomsen
curated by Ariel Shanberg
on view: February 8 – March 30, 2014
opening reception: Saturday February 8, 2014 from 5-7pm
The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to open its 2014 exhibition program with the group exhibition, Tabula Rasa. Curated by CPW’s Executive Director Ariel Shanberg, the exhibition will be on view from February 8 – March 30, 2014.
Tabula Rasa, which is Latin for ‘blank slate’, brings forth three dynamic visual artists whose explorations pull at the seams of photographic language. Anouk Kruithof, Sara Skorgan Teigen, and Sonja Thomsenrepresent a growing interest in forgoing the practice of injecting new images into the overflowing stream that subsumes us on a daily basis. Rather, through their site-specific photo-based installations, each expands on the language of memory, the veracity of photographic impression, and the infinite space held in between and around the photograph...
Panel Discussion Friday, January 24 at 7PM
Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Questioning our methods is an important part of the team-based design process. Join us at the conclusion of the Collaborative Design opening reception to ask Milwaukee-area innovators Reginald Baylor of Plaid Tuba Studio, Storyteller Adam Carr, and Photographer Sonja Thomsen the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of their collaborative ventures. Themes of expression in community engagement drive these creators to make site-specific artworks in a variety of media which aim to tell the story of neighborhoods and the unique individuals that comprise them throughout Milwaukee.
I am honored to participate in the Pacific Midwest exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland OR with fellow artists and friends: Tara Bogart | Mark Brautigam | Nichiolas Grider | Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman | Jon Horvath | Kevin Miyazaki | Naomi Shersty |Jason Yi
Many thanks to Brittany Chavez who sent me this image of a piece from lacuna she stumbled upon on the streets of Portland. I love the serendipitous ways that lacuna disperses into a community.