Friday, November 9
DOCUMENT is pleased to present ibid., a collaboration between Robert Chase Heishman and Megan Schvaneveldt. Their collaborative process is presented as two independent video works comprised of events constructed, performed, and recorded in public space. Heishman and Schvaneveldt utilize everyday materials to create celebratory and theatrical events–elaborate, yet lo-fi. Through ibid. Heishman and Schvaneveldt explore how video installation operates within and outside the gallery, and technology’s roll in examining meanings of place. ibid. functions as a continuation of Heishman and Schvaneveldt’s site responsive video, building upon a practice that expands their work into new
Robert Chase Heishman’s practice is predicated on the use of photography and video as means of exploring image production, self-referentiality, peripheral vision, conditions of framing, and the everyday. In his recent photographic series, IMG (2012-), Heishman creates minimalist glyphs made out of colored tape that generate a slippage between visual flatness and real-space dimensionality. Heishman has shown work at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Alderman Exhibitions, Subterranean Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He has created an original set design for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Split-Sides (2003), provided artwork for Icelandic band Sigur Rós’ album BA BA TI KI DI DO (2004), and has spoken at Columbia College of Chicago, Kansas University, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is held in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. Heishman completed his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (2008) and his MFA from Northwestern University (2012).
Megan Schvaneveldt’s work revolves around concepts of balance and compromise. She seeks to literalize the complications experienced both visually and structurally when disparate elements are brought together. In the series love songs she uses tape and spray paint to recreate the patterns found on the inseams of pants, exploring the way the patterns come together at the seams and how they translate from the body to the stretched canvas. Megan’s work has been shown at the University of Cincinnati’s Meyers Gallery, MGGM (Cincinnati), and at the Block Museum (Evanston). She received her BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College (2001) and her MFA in Art Theory in Practice from Northwestern University (2012).