'At Work with Thomas Kong' booklet release by Dan Miller / Ruby T published by HLP!

Booklet release for “At Work with Thomas Kong” by Dan Miller with Illustrations by Ruby T, published by Half Letter Press

Dan Miller and Ruby T in conversation with writer and curator Kate Sierzputowski, preceded by a screening of a short film on Thomas Kong by Jimmy Schaus


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Thomas Kong makes collages and assemblages out of advertising, packaging, and other surplus material while managing Kim’s Corner Food, a convenience store in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. In this publication, Chicago-based Australian artist Dan Miller introduces Kong’s prolific art practice and the first three years of their experimental collaboration. Together their productions have ranged from business cards and shopping baskets to The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. Housed in a converted storage room behind the store, The Back Room is a community-oriented art space and expanding archive of Kong’s work. Writing about the development of this interdependent relationship across gaps in age, culture, and artistic education, Miller reflects on what might be learned from both the ingenuity of Kong’s practice and their unlikely alliance. At Work with Thomas Kong includes excerpts from several interviews with Kong and illustrations by artist Ruby T, one of the project’s growing number of co-conspirators.

At Work with Thomas Kong will be released in the context of Temporary Services’ “Self-Reliance Library”—“an autonomous reading and creating library”—as part of their ongoing collaborative project “Self-Reliance School” project at Oak Park’s new Compound Yellow art space.

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Thomas Kong lives and works in Chicago. His convenience store, Kim’s Corner Food, features an evolving installation of his collage and assemblage work. Kong received a degree in English Literature from Sogang University in 1972, and has lived in the Chicago area since 1977. For more information and details of upcoming projects visithttp://thomaskong.biz/

Dan Miller is an Australian artist living in Chicago. Since the fall of 2014 he has worked with Thomas Kong in an experimental collaboration whose projects include The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, an art space and archive housed in an adapted storage room behind Kong’s convenience store. Further information and work can be found athttp://danmiller.website/

Ruby T is an artist based in Chicago. Through drawing, collage, and object-making, she investigates the stimulating, banal, and often infrastructural as sites of power and exchange: nightclubs, domestic appliances, google image search results, broadcast news, brutalist architecture, sex. For more information visit http://rubyt.net/

Jimmy Schaus is a filmmaker and musician from Florida, currently based in Chicago. Recent films by Jimmy can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/user23682440

Kate Sierzputowski is a writer and curator based in Chicago. In 2013 she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago-based artists. Kate regularly contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, Colossal, and the Chicago Reader, and is a co-director of the artist-run gallery Julius Caesar. Her writing and interviews can be found at http://katesierzputowski.com/

Saturday, June 24, 3-6p: Artists' Books, Zines and Printed Mayhem from Mexico

Join Marc Fischer from Temporary Services for a show and tell devoted to underground, artistic, unusual, anti-authoritarian, critical, and chaotic publications from Mexico. This one day showing will include recent publications from Latino Toons, Laura Anderson Barbata, Abraham Diaz, Inés Estrada, Gato Negro Ediciones, Insomnio Comics, Edijorial Craneo Invertido, El Hijo del Ahuizote, and more. 

For additional context and added flavor, we'll also have educational lesson sheets, comic digests, instructional publications, newspapers and other printed matter from the streets of Mexico City and beyond.

SATURDAY - May 27, 3-5p: Mariame Kaba - Trying to Make the Personal Political: Feminism and Consciousness-Raising

In conjunction with Temporary Services' Self-Reliance Library, Mariame Kaba will present her publication Trying to Make the Personal Political: Feminism and Consciousness-Raising, published by Half Letter Press.

NOTE: Please register for the event HERE

 

This booklet is a reprint of Consciousness-Raising Guidelines, a text from 1975 by the Women's Action Alliance. It is expanded with a new forward by Mariame Kaba and an afterword by Jacqui Shine.

There is much to consider about Consciousness-Raising (CR) as a political education strategy. There are questions about why CR mostly appealed to white middle class women. There are questions about whether CR laid a foundation for contemporary concerns about trigger warnings and the politics of identity. In the afterword of this booklet, writer and historian Jacqui Shine extends our knowledge about the social context in which CR emerged as a practice among certain feminists.

In her forward, Mariame Kaba writes:

"Published in 1975 by the Women’s Action Alliance, the “Consciousness-Raising Guidelines” in A Practical Guide to the Women’s Movement add to our understanding of how some women sought to liberate themselves from patriarchy at a particular historical moment in the U.S. As a historical document, these guidelines and questions are a window into second-wave (white) feminist organizing.

As such, I decided that it would be both informative and useful to reprint this document in the 21st century. After a 2016 general election when the first woman nominee of a major party (Hillary Clinton) lost after being widely expected to win, this publication is particularly timely. Clinton came of age during the 1960s and is a product of (white) second wave feminism. The majority of white women voters in 2016 chose to cast their ballots for Donald Trump. White feminists have to account for this fact in their future organizing efforts."

Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, and curator. She is the founder of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Mariame is a founding member of Survived & Punished, a group focused on supporting criminalized survivors of violence. She is a feminist and an abolitionist. Her work has appeared in the Nation, In These Times, Truthout, the Guardian, and other publications.

Print copies of Trying to Make the Personal Political will be available for purchase at the event. You can buy a PDF of the booklet from Half Letter Press: http://www.halfletterpress.com/trying-to-make-the-personal-political-feminism-and-consciousness-raising-pdf/

Note that while this event is free, we ask that you please reserve tickets if you know you will be attending, using the Eventbrite link so that we can plan accordingly. 

Also note that depending on audience size, we may have to use an upstairs studio space that is not accessible.

Self Reliance Library this Sunday!

Temporary Services and Compound Yellow present the Self-Reliance Library and initiate the Self-Reliance School.

OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY MAY 21, 2-5p. Join us to check out the library and bookshop and for food and conversation!

The Self-Reliance School will host classes, workshops, talks, public events, a book shop, a zine mercado and more from May – October 2017.

Self-Reliance Library (SRL) is an immersive installation consisting of a library of over 80 books, as well as banners and furniture that take influence from ideas found in the library. You can see the full list of books by clicking on the booklet cover below. A link to Installation images of the SRL can be found below in the sidebar.

Compound Yellow is an autonomous site for learning, researching and making that consists of multiple spaces for experimental exhibitions, public art, classes, workshops, film screenings, recording, and events located in Oak Park.

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Coming up in May

 

COMING SOON - REGISTER NOW!

Camp Yellow - Play! Make! Connect! an experimental arts camp starting july 10 through the 28th - now taking registrations - space is limited (ages 8-13).  Contact info@compoundyellow.com

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May 14, 5-7:30p

Mothering, Mother’s Day Movements organized by Amina Ross

This Mother’s Day, Amina Ross presents Mothering, a program of performances queering the construction of mothering as an action rather than an assigned and gendered role. Select artists are invited to respond to prompts with ephemeral material and movement to deconstruct the humanity and symbolic significance of the “mother”. This event is largely inspired by the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens and Mai’a Williams. Featured artists include A.J McClenon, Joelle Mercedes, Allen Moore, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Zach Nicol, Jade Perry, and Aaron White.

Mothering Mother’s Day Movements is presented by Compound Yellow in partnership with Chicago Artists’ Coalition and Terrain Exhibitions as a program of Terrain-HATCH Public Art Curatorial Residency ndf I Am Conscious, I Am Love  exhibition curated by Sadie Woods. Space is limited, please RSVP on Facebook or via email to info@compoundyellow.com

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Monday, May 15, 6-8p - Forms & Features, Poetry Foundation Workshop: Tone

To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In this session, we focus on tone, a complex of attitudes toward the poem’s subject and audience.

The group will discuss aspects and effects of tone in a wide variety of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original poems exploring tone, will conclude the session. More info here.

 

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SAVE THE DATE: Opening May 21 -  In Residence: Temporary Services/Half Letter Press and the Self-Reliance School &  Self-Reliance Library

May 27, 3-5p: Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba will present her publication Trying to Make the Personal Political: Feminism and Consciousness-Raising.

Temporary Services and Compound Yellow present the Self-Reliance Library and initiate the Self-Reliance School.

The Self-Reliance School will host classes, workshops, talks, public events, a bookshop, a zine mercado and more from May – October 2017.

Self-Reliance Library (SRL) is an immersive installation consisting of a library of over 80 books, as well as banners and furniture that take influence from ideas found in the library. You can see the full list of books by clicking on the booklet cover below. A link to Installation images of the SRL can be found below in the sidebar.

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May 20 - June 24 || Every Saturday from 9-11a: Join us on Saturday mornings! Check out Cake and Coffee. Presented by Spice - a location independent coffee shop. Here @ Compound Yellow. Sharing the space will be The Self-Reliance Library and Half Letter Press Books.

Want a new way to connect to your community? Join us on Saturday mornings! Check out Cake and Coffee. Presented by Spice - a location independent coffee shop. Here @ Compound Yellow. We have a great outdoor gallery to bring the experience together. Sharing the space will be The Self-Reliance Library and Half Letter Press Books.

Spice is excited to announce our summer pop up coffee shop! We've got our signature Spice blend coffee beans being roasted and we just can't wait to serve them up to you! While you savoring cup after cup of delicious coffees. You’ll need some tasty bites. We've got you covered! - and super excited to let you know that we’re going to bring some sweet and savory goods to the table. Our featured coffee will be - Brew of the Gods.

When you purchase (online or in person) a 12oz. bag of our Brew Of The Gods coffee beans, a portion of the proceeds benefit the International Women in Coffee Alliance (IWCA). We are excited about our partnership with the IWCA, which is a global network that empowers women to achieve meaningful and sustainable livelihoods in coffee through education, access to resources and forums for connecting. Spice: www.coffeebyspice.com