Volossom Gallery

2018 Living artist program with Multidisciplinary artist collaboration projects

"Emergence" produced by Volossom

"Emergence," Multidisciplinary artists collaboration curated by Jenny Chen.

Painting by: InJung Oh
Dancer: Nadine Lollino
Musician: Bob Garrett
Projection artist: Eddie Yang

EMERGENCE is about the moment of coming to life. Whether it’s a cicada’s metamorphosis after decades of waiting, or the split second when lightning strikes from a rumbling thunderstorm, it is that moment of sublimation that sets off this collaboration between the artists here, to together put up a multidimensional show to celebrate the birth of the new art space VOLOSSOM.

The artists featured in this exhibition are of a diverse range of disciplines, each contributing to the show with their own interpretation of the moment of emergence: painting, performance, sound, interactive video installation, etc.. It is a comprehensive collection aimed to expose the various instances and forms of life’s beauty; some works are lasting and always on view, such as Oh’s painting that recorded the exact moment ink hits the canvas, while some works are fleeting or responsive, and can only be experienced in real time. Such is the beauty of emergence.

Yvette Kaiser Smith

Currently a resident of Chicago, Yvette Kaiser Smith was born in Communist Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1958 and moved with family to the United States in 1969.  Yvette earned her BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  A full-time artist since receiving an MFA in 1994 from University of Chicago, Yvette has exhibited extensively at regional museums, art centers, and university galleries throughout the United States.  Exhibitions abroad include: U.S. Embassies in Moscow, Ankara, and Abuja; National Art Museum of China in Beijing; and alternative galleries in London, Rome, Berlin, and Jena Germany. Working with art consulting firms, galleries, and individual clients to create site-specific commissions since 2005, recent public commissions include: Facebook Chicago offices; Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Lincoln Hall; and Hotel Rosewood, Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Awards include Illinois Arts Council's Artist Fellowship Award, Governor’s International Arts Exchange Grant, City of Chicago CAAP Grants, and 2018 Chicago DCASE IAP Grant.

Yvette creates fiberglass cloth by crocheting continuous strands of fiberglass into flat geometric shapes. These are formed and hardened with the application of polyester resin and the use of gravity.  Using traditional methods, she creates artwork that has been contemporized by use of industrial materials, mathematics, and the language of art and architecture.  This work engages math as structural foundation by utilizing the grid, prime numbers, the numbers pi and e, and Pascal’s Triangle.  Yvette began to experiment with a mathematically generated process while making sculptures that explored abstracted narratives of identity.  

 Math is inseparable from nature, from us.  The material and process itself speaks to identity.  A body of crochet resonates culture, society, history, tradition, labor, time.  All cultures seem to have their own lace tradition.  If identity is a hybrid of our heritage, then lace is one tiny point of intersection that connects us all.