This evening, I am Logan Square presents a new exhibit entitled Memento. Visual artist Ashley Sullivan and dance film artist Nadia Oussenko have collaborated with dropshift dance to create an exhibit that, in the words of artistic director Andrea Cerniglia, “explores themes of memory distortion, perception, and recall, translated through the mediums of movement, short film vignettes, and graphic screen print design as well as painting on paper and canvas.”
Dropshift dance has received critical acclaim from TimeOut Chicago, who described the modern dance group as “enchanting and graceful.” The Chicago Reader called their work “serene and provocative.” Filmmaker Nadia Oussenko is also a trained choreographer, which gives her a unique perspective into the world of dance.”My artistry comes together in dance for the camera. I am fascinated with movement within the camera frame, and the relationship that the moving subject has with a moving camera. Using the medium of film, I provide a visceral experience for the viewers, direct the viewers’ attention and draw them into closer proximity and greater intimacy with the dancing body,” says Oussenko of her work. Artist Ashley Sullivan works in a variety of mediums, from prints to painting to jewelry. You can find her work on Etsy and at Sacred Art.
The combination of dance, film, and visual art promises to be a unique and mesmerizing evening. The opening runs 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. tonight at I Am Logan Square Gallery (2644 North Milwaukee Ave.). The work will include performances consisting of solo and duet vignettes. There will also be pop-up performances throughout the month on Dec. 8 from 2-4 p.m. and on Dec. 12, 14, 17, and 19 from 5-7 p.m.
By Julia Weeman