On View at SCOTTY, Berlin: March 19 - April 30, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7 - 10 PM
SCOTTY is pleased to present LifeLinien, an exhibition organized by Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago that brings into conversation artists from Chicago and Berlin as part of Meanwhile, We Are Here, the first iteration of a two-part, cross-cultural exchange between the US Tiger Strikes Asteroid network and various artist-run spaces in Berlin including HAUNT/Frontviews, Horse & Pony, HilbertRaum, Schau Fenster, SCOTTY, Xanadu, and nationalmuseum.
In LifeLinien, works by Carris Adams, Yesenia Bello, Knut Eckstein, Óscar González Díaz, Unyimeabasi Udoh, and Nicole Wendel take their cues from signs and signals, both physical as well as perceived, involving the body, landscape, commerce, and structures of power. Working with various types of signs ranging from those found in advertisements and on packaged goods to those that affect our ability to navigate space and place as well as others meant for protest, each artist investigates and reflects on the entangled systems that underlie the fabric of everyday experience, issuing a call to question, resist, and transform existing structures.
Works in LifeLinien by Unyimeabasi Udoh (Chicago) range from a strung-paper garland—of the type that you might find at a celebratory event, but which here spells out the phrase “No Surprises”—to a circular painting that references the pervasive public sign for “No,” to A Blind Glass, wherein Udoh coats a circular mirror in dark resin, inviting a reflective gaze onto its murky surface. While Udoh creates signs that point to the ubiquitous systems of communication and knowledge that operate around us, Carris Adams (Chicago/Houston) creates abstractions based on the signage that marks the social, cultural, political, and economic circumstances in the neighborhoods she traverses. Here, Adams’s paintings on billboard vinyl are abstracted from signs advertising psychic palm reading businesses that boldly promise spiritual healing and “results or it’s free.”
Knut Eckstein's (Berlin) work often relies on packaging used in the marketing of common household items. Emptied of their goods, the containers are repurposed into assemblages that re-imagine the by-products of consumerism that have traveled across the globe. Óscar González Díaz's (Chicago/Berlin) work also takes discarded consumer goods packaging as its starting point. Here he uses a Mexican sign-making technique to adhere old candy wrappers and emergency blankets to glass with soda in order to list the names of autocratic government officials. Spelled out in alluring, colorful letters, the names blur and bleed into one another, ultimately becoming illegible.
Whereas many of the works directly reference specific types of signage and packaging, others, such as in the hanging installation work of Yesenia Bello (Chicago), ask visitors to be conscious of their own movements while navigating the exhibition. Drawing on her identity as a Mexican-American artist, Bello refers to the experienced tension of shifting between different cultures and modes of communication on a daily basis. Her multi-media works similarly recognize identity itself as a form of collage. Nicole Wendel's (Berlin) expansive, atmospheric drawings emerge from a process of “Deep Listening” that records the traces of movements and sensations experienced in the body and the environment, often in collaboration with others. Through a mindfulness-based approach, Wendel’s performative notations ultimately begin to articulate a space for reflection.
To offer a lifeline is to connect to another in a way that supports and protects lives. By engaging with the signs, signals, and systems that dominate contemporary life, and to which we have become conditioned, the artists in LifeLinien ask themselves—and us—to consider what it might mean to carve out space for alternative paths forward.
LifeLinien is curated by Holly Cahill and Debra Kayes of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago.
Carris Adams is an artist currently based in Houston, Texas. Her work explores the signs/signifiers that mark our landscapes. Through the materiality of painting, drawing, and printmaking Adams attempts to embody the sense, shape, and experience of these markers. Her work describes the appearance of subjects found during her day-to-day travels, while also reflecting the various social, cultural, political, and economic circumstances under which we labor. Adams received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2013) and her MFA from the University of Chicago (2015). Her work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), The Logan Center Exhibitions at The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Produce Model Gallery (Chicago, IL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago, IL), and The Courtyard Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX). Adams is represented by Goldfinch Gallery (Chicago, IL).
Yesenia Bello (b. 1994 Norristown, PA) makes installations, drawings, and sculptures in Chicago. Her work has been presented nationally at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago and LA), Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), Super Dutchess Gallery (New York, NY), Comfort Station (Chicago, IL), 6018 North (Chicago, IL), and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL). She was part of the HATCH Projects 2016-2017 group at Chicago Artists Coalition and completed the 2018-2019 Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center. Between 2011-2016 she was co-founder and organizer of Walla Fest, a volunteer-run music and arts festival that worked to create community for emerging artists around the Philadelphia area. Residencies include ACRE, Oxbow, and Carrizozo AiR. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies.
Knut Eckstein, born in 1968 in Hessia, south of the city of Kassel, studied painting at Hochschule für Künste, Bremen, and at Hunter College, New York, where he was mainly influenced by his teacher Robert Morris. He received a diploma as a "naval architect" (shipbuilding engineer) and in his staged installations, he deals with the so-called sculptural "Bildraum” (Image/Space), which doesn’t deny its origins in abject, urban, everyday life, and architecture. In 2016, Walther König published Eckstein’s catalog "too common," which documents his exhibition at Kunsthalle Gießen and prior work.
Óscar González Díaz lives and works in Berlin, comes from Cd. Juarez, MX, and holds an MFA (2017) in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BA (2009) in Philosophy and Linguistics from The University of Texas at El Paso. He has shown internationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center, and the Wrong Biennale (DE/MX). More importantly, Óscar has to keep storage units in three different continents because sculpture is heavy and space is limited. Donations accepted, adoption of works encouraged. Currently, he is working on a series of poems to be published if the pandemic ever ends because paper is light and money is tight. His most recent project is a collaborative VR sculpture practice for the digital project YOUar (2021). Óscar enjoys the occasional displays of human kindness and discussions about wallpaper. He isn't represented and that seems to be ok for everyone.
Unyimeabasi Udoh works across various media, including print, installation, sculpture, and embroidery. Their practice centers on legibility, meaning, and how systems of communication and knowledge are built and maintained. Udoh holds an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. They have been an artist in residence at the Driehaus Museum, Chicago Artists Coalition, and ACRE. In 2021, they were named one of Newcity's Breakout Artists, and they are a 2021 recipient of the Coney Family Fund Award.
Nicole Wendel is a cross-media artist. She creates and combines drawings with performances, videos, and installations. Her works have been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, collaborations, and collections, including the exchange project Inclusive Break – A Time Besides Many Others at the Liu Haisu Museum in Shanghai (2021); North by Northeast, at the German Artists' Association in Berlin (2020); Trajectories at the Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, in the exhibition Embodied Lines at Drawing Centre Diepenheim (NL) (2019); as well as at the Goethe-Institute and at the Drawing Now Art Fair in Paris.
Holly Cahill is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, fibers, sculpture, print, and collage. Her process-oriented abstractions weave together elements of the fantastic found at the heart of our domestic and shared environments. Her work has been shown at 65GRAND, Epiphany Center for the Arts, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Artists Coalition, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, D Gallery, The Franklin, Hyde Park Art Center (all Chicago, IL), and DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), among others. She has been an artist in residence at Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), Spudnik Press Cooperative (Chicago, IL), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), 8550 Ohio (Chesterhill, OH), Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), and Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI). Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Chicago Tribune, Inside\Within, and The Comp Magazine, among others. Cahill has curated several exhibitions, often in collaboration with others, at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago, The Glass Curtain Gallery, Weinberg Newton Gallery, Mana Contemporary (all Chicago, IL), and Satellite Art Show (Miami, FL). She is the current director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago.
Debra Kayes is an artist, designer, teacher and curator. She is an Associate Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago. Debra has exhibited her art and design projects in venues such as the Illinois State Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, The Hyde Park Art Center, New American Paintings and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Debra is a former Convergence Academies Research Fellow, a former Chicago Artists Coalition Hatch Projects resident and a current member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago. She has curated shows at the Glass Curtain Gallery, at The Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery and at Tiger Strikes Asteroid.
March 19 - April 30, 2022
March 19, 7-10 PM
Thu – Fri 3 – 7 pm
Sat 2 pm – 6 pm
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is pleased to announce 5x5, a series of exhibitions in Berlin that nurture communication between cultures and explore the dialogue, creativity, invention, and cultural impact that defines artist-run spaces. The Berlin spaces will subsequently exhibit their member work in the USA at their partner TSA space in 2023.
The title for the first part of the exchange, when the American artists exhibit in Berlin, is Meanwhile, We Are Here. This title emerged from the organizers’ discussions around the present moment as well as the importance of connection and community. Throughout 2019 and 2020, we have had to reckon with the realities of loss, isolation, nationalism, and individualism. As a result, we decided to focus this exhibition exchange on connection, memory, and visions for the future. We thought about two signifiers: the time capsule and the wormhole. The time capsule represents archives, selection, hidden histories to be revealed at a later time, future relics. Like the time capsule, the wormhole connects points in time, simultaneous occurrences, and differing realities. Both are time machines, capable of compressing the past, present, and future. The title also relates to functioning as an artist during times of upheaval; we persevere in making work, our practices become entwined with events in the wider world. Each TSA site will have the freedom to interpret the theme of Meanwhile, We Are Here. in any way they wish.
Organized by Carl Baratta, Susan Klein, Bettina Weiß, and Daniel Wiesenfeld
SCOTTY was founded in 2006.
Today, the artist-run project space is located in Kreuzberg, Oranienstrasse and organized by 10 artists. In the house with the smallest floor space in Kreuzberg SCOTTY provides an open platform for its member artists and curators as well as for guests, offering the greatest possible freedom while exploiting group potential to a maximum.
Intermedia and interdisciplinary solo and group exhibitions are shown at regular intervals, and performances and film evenings are organized. The focus is on contemporary social and cultural-political issues. SCOTTY operates independent of the market – it is selfautonomy determined and non-hierarchical.
Above and beyond the work in this space in Berlin-Kreuzberg , the members of SCOTTY initiate and organize supra-regional and international cooperation with other similar project spaces, strengthening the position of artists working autonomously through nationwide visibility and networking.
Despite the members‘ pronounced individuality, they share a desire to create new opportunities for artistic actions and ideas. The vitality of SCOTTY arises from the consistent, self-determined implementation of democratic agreement among members during the planning and realization of projects.
Oranienstraße 46, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a 501c3 non-profit network of independently programmed, artist-run exhibition spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Greenville, SC. Our goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections and create community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. We seek to build an ethos of cooperative achievement in the visual arts, creating the physical and emotional space for artists to show their work and exchange ideas on their own terms. Our artist-run model expands the artist’s role beyond that of studio practitioner to include the roles of curator, critic, and community developer and provides an alternate model to the conventions of the current commercial art market.
5x5 Group Exhibition
Opening: March 17, 6-10 PM
nationalmuseum, Urbanstraße 100, 10967
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago
March 19 - April 30
Opening: March 19, 7-10 PM
SCOTTY, Oranienstraße 46, 10969
Going Down In The West
Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA
March 18 - April 17
Opening: March 18 6-10 PM
Horse & Pony, Altenbraker Str. 18
Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY
March 18 - April 3
Opening: March 18 6-10 PM
HilbertRaum, Reuterstraße 31, 12047
The Mutability of Time
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia
March 19 - April 10
Opening: March 19, 6-10 PM
Schau Fenster, Lobeckstraße 30-35, 10969
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville
March 20 - April 3
Opening: March 20, 4-7 PM
HAUNT/ Frontviews, Kluckstraße 23A, 10785
JOKAklubi: "The Theory Show”
March 20, 8 PM
March 21, 8-9:30 PM
Xanadu, Altenbraker Str. 18, 12053