Gallery KIN

Gallery KIN exhibits works of art out of an Edgewater apartment inhabited in-part by its curator Lindsay Hutchens, and participates in dialogues that surround family, community, and home, through two-person and group exhibitions installed throughout her functioning living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

DISTANCES MEASURED FROM HOME: Michael Curtis Asbill and Barbara Diener
Sunday, October 28, 2018; 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Barbara Diener,  Trees , 2013; Michael Curtis Asbill,  West Shore Pipe Line Co. Arlington Heights, IL , 2018

Barbara Diener, Trees, 2013; Michael Curtis Asbill, West Shore Pipe Line Co. Arlington Heights, IL, 2018

Gallery KIN is pleased to present photographic works by artists Michael Curtis Asbill and Barbara Diener for its next exhibition.

Survey-like photographs by Michael Curtis Asbill act as evidence of blatantly present but easy to overlook industries that fund the super rich. Finding ties not only between his birthplace in Texas and his current home of Illinois, Asbill begins to map the monolithic stores of high-octane gasoline that we fly by in our cars, and how they might come to build a Major League Baseball field. On a more affective register, photographic portraits and landscapes from Barbara Diener's Sehnsucht series place us in and around rural Illinois communities that mirror the artist's childhood home in Germany. While her selection process of choosing towns to photograph relied on demographics, the photographs themselves evoke longing gazes onto individuals, spaces, and moments that remind us of the frequent comparison between where we are now, and where we come from.

Michael Curtis Asbill: MFA, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, 2014, Texas State University, San Marcos. Exhibitions: Rise from the Rubble, Weather the Winds: Fundraiser/Auction, Chicago Artist Coalition; SAIC MFA Show 2017, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; In the Portfolios, Flaxman Library Special Collections, Chicago; SofTactics, Cement Loop, Austin, Texas. Collections: The Art Institute of Chicago.

Barbara Diener (b. 1982, Germany) received her BFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts and MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been exhibited internationally and her photographs are in private and institutional collections including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. In June 2018 Daylight Books published her body of work Phantom Power.


LIVING WITH THE NON-HUMAN: Kelly Neibert and Zhiyuan Yang
Sunday, October 7, 2018; 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Kelly Neibert,  Howl 5 , 2018; Zhiyuan Yang, still from  Yang’s Cat Family , 2017

Kelly Neibert, Howl 5, 2018; Zhiyuan Yang, still from Yang’s Cat Family, 2017

Gallery KIN is pleased to present new works by artists Kelly Neibert and Zhiyuan Yang for its first exhibition.

Look around and it's clear that humans have had a geologic impact on our planet, which promises consequences from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin. A reckoning is certainly overdue, but this exhibition is decidedly not about the Anthropocene.

This exhibition's smallness by comparison is only able to contend with such a vast and complete truth by way of its vulnerability, and setting of stakes within the every-day. LIVING WITH THE NON-HUMAN is about the beings, at a fraction of our size, who comfortingly and oftentimes awkwardly share our most intimate spaces: dancing in front of a mirror, making love in bed, or sitting on the toilet.

Paintings and drawings by Kelly Neibert are worlds within themselves, where she plays with narrative as much as perspective and color. They exist not so much as studies, but as love letters. Zhiyuan Yang's 12-minute video adds a new chapter to existing work that continues to triangulate the parent-child family structure, our personal relationships with the non-human, and art criticism.

Kelly Neibert (b. 1987) is a Chicago based artist originally from the small, rural town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. She completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Through painting, Kelly looks toward her own familiar spaces and the people and animals that inhabit them as a source of comfort, beauty, and comic relief.

Zhiyuan Yang is an interdisciplinary artist from Beijing, China, who makes work that explores the ambivalent relationship between alienation and belonging.