Lounging Through the Flood
Artist(s): Jenny Kendler and Jeremy Bolen
City/state: Chicago, IL
This virtual display reflects a tangible piece located In Cairo, Illinois. It Is made from an enormous pile of jumbled life preservers, held together with aircraft cable and topped with a vintage lawn chair – all painted "climate change" white--that could have been created by climate refugees or survivalists. .
According to the Artist, it takes on the contradictions of the contemporary Mississippi, a river which exemplifies the complexities of modern American identity: a place of peaceful contemplation of nature and the site of increasingly devastating floods as well as a site for commerce and a site for natural exploration. Lounging Through the Flood asks us to consider the complex—and particularly American—constellation of apathy and survival, ingenuity and denial that plays out throughout the Mississippi River system and takes form in this piece.
Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist and wild forager whose work asks us to de-center the human, making space for the radical, transformative otherness found on our biodiverse Earth. Kendler has exhibited widely including at Storm King Art Center, MCA Chicago, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the California Academy of Sciences. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2014 she has been the first Artist-in-Residence with the environmental non-profit the National Resources Defense Council. With an interdisciplinary team she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for her community project “Garden for a Changing Climate.”
Bolen is an artist researcher, organizer and educator interested in site specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation. Much of Bolen’s work involves rethinking systems of recording –– in an attempt to observe invisible presences that remain from various scientific experiments and human interactions with the earth’s surface. His work has been exhibited widely at numerous locations including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; La Box, Bourges; PACT Zollverein, Essen; EXGIRLFRIEND, Berlin; University at Buffalo, Buffalo; IDEA Space, Colorado Springs; The Mission, Houston; Galerie Zürcher, Paris; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; Soccer Club Club, Chicago; Salon Zürcher, New York; The Drake, Toronto; Untitled Art Fair, Miami; Gallery 400, Chicago; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland; Depaul University Art Museum, Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Bolen lives and works between Chicago and Atlanta, serves as Assistant Professor of Photography at Georgia State University, is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Deep Time Chicago collective, and is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago.