Artist Talk: Jordan Martins and Giovanni Aloi

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 3 – 4 pm

319 N. Albany
Chicago, Il 60612

This Saturday at 3pm, Join Us for a Conversation Between Jordan Martins and Giovanni Aloi

in conjunction with our current exhibitions:

Jordan Martins: Plant Strategies
Animal Tactics
A group show of works by Devin Balara, David Heo, Kelly Kristin Jones and João Oliveira, guest curated by Jordan Martins

Join us on Saturday, October 19 at 3pm for a talk between current gallery artist Jordan Martins and Giovanni Aloi, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at SAIC and the author of the books Speculative Taxidermy, Art & Animals, Lucien Freud Herbarium, Botanical Speculations and Why Look at Plants? Martins and Aloi will talk about plant strategies, animal tactics, notions of camouflage in nature, aesthetics and visual culture, and more, in conjunction with our solo exhibition of Jordan Martins' paintings and a group exhibition of works by Devin Balara, David Heo, Kelly Kristin Jones and João Oliveira, guest curated by Jordan Martins.

Jordan Martins is a Chicago-based visual artist, curator, and educator. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and North Park University. He is the executive director of Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space in Chicago. Martins’ visual work is based in collage processes, including painting, photography, video and installation, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in exhibitions at The Mission, Evanston Art Center, LVL3, The Franklin, The Museu de Arte da Bahia, Goldfinch, and Experimental Sound Studio. He was a resident in the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH program in 2013. Martins is co-director of the Perto da Lá, a biennial multi-disciplinary art event with international artists in Salvador, Brazil.

Giovanni Aloi is an art historian in modern and contemporary art. Professor Aloi is the founder of the journal Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture and is the author of numerous books, including Art & Animals (IBTauris: 2011); Antennae 10: A Decade of Art and the Non-Human (Antennaeproject/Forlaget 248: 2017); Speculative Taxidermy: New Animals Surfaces and Art in the Anthropocene (Columbia University Press: 2018); Why Look at Plants? (Brill: 2018); Animal: An Exploration of the Zoological World (Phaidon: 2018), Botanical Speculations: Plants and Contemporary Art (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars: 2019), Lucian Freud Herbarium (NYC/London: Prestel). He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Image: Jordan Martins, Eye Spots, 2019 (detail); oil on inkjet printed cotton/linen, detail.