Alex Bradley Cohen (b. 1989) lives and works in Chicago, IL. His work has been included in solo and two-person exhibitions at The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA; Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL; and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, among others. Cohen has shown in group exhibitions at The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; and The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He is a 2014 alumni of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.
Chris Zain is an interdisciplinary artist with an insatiable curiosity in the boundary of the body in all of its physical and spiritual permutations. Her work circulates through the inability of the body to escape its edges, destined to be a self-contained sack of flesh holding mind, body and soul. Her work tethers memory to the body (as place). Containers for all sentience, our physical bodies are home to a history of touches. Her architectural references slump with gravity on shape and texture, harkening anti-form artworks. Through installation she play with the poetic and gestalt relationship of objects crafted in ceramics, fiber, paper, tar and more. These organic materials reveal the physical qualities of the body in all its mental and emotional states. Her work posits that re-activating sensorial awareness (to the body) simultaneously triggers a sense of empathy towards the fragility of being contained.
Zain received her BA in Art History and Journalism from Loyola University Chicago after completing her thesis on feminist co-operatives in the late 20th century. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she embraced a post-medium studio practice. She has shown her work most recently at Chicago Artists Coalition, Roman Susan, For the Thundercloud Generation, Links Hall, the Luggage Store Gallery, and Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery. Zain is an art educator and has ardently pursued alternative educational spaces through participating in residencies at MassMoCa, Chicago Artists Coalition, Ox-bow School of Art and Anderson Ranch Art Center to name a few.