Double Life / Flayed Beings / Hidden Counterparts

Opening: Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 2 – 5 pm
Saturday, Nov 6 – Dec 17, 2021

8 S. Michigan Ave.
Ste. 620
Chicago, IL 60603

Open House style opening. Masks required for all visitors. No reservations required.

In this exhibition, artists Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Richard Haley, Trisha Holt and Bailey Scieszka engage in experiments in "saliency detection"* at the intersection of the human soma and the lens-based technologies that saturate our environment.

Felecia Chizuko Carlisle’s camera sinks deep into the intimate immensity of tiny paper cardboard sculptures, covered in graphite and photographed under colored lights. A digital video documents the dance of an abstract liquid form that unfolds across the surface of a vibrating speaker.

Richard Haley juxtaposes organic and digital ephemera in puppet surrogates of his body. A rock wears images of Haley printed on cloth and paper and is adorned with a wig. Generic 3D animation figures dress in his image. One of Haley’s hands is cast in rubber. Another hand uses a tiny broom to sweep on a stage covered in dirt, with an empty sky as a backdrop.

Trisha Holt plays with doubles and duplication as she stages repeat visits to iconic landscapes. Traveling out West to document tourist destinations, Holt takes photographs, prints them to scale in her hotel room, and then returns to the location of the shoot to rephotograph the site with her image inserted.

Bailey Scieszka embodies the persona of her character, Old Put, a bizarre clown amalgamation of imagery and language at the intersection of World Wrestling Entertainment tropes and jargon and the visual and verbal patois of YouTube celebrities.


Cumulatively, Carlisle, Haley, Holt and Scieszka mobilize their art practices as a heuristic device, offering up poetic images of sudden salience and asking: What are we supposed to do with the information that comes our way? What are we learning? What does it have to do with survival? and What are we preparing for?

Top left: Richard Haley, top right: Trisha Holt, bottom left: Bailey Scieszka, bottom right: Felecia Chizuko Carlisle