Terrain Biennial 2019 at Compound Yellow

Calendar of Events:

Join us for openings, performances, and other exciting events at Compound Yellow throughout October and November as part of Terrain Biennial. Check out our Facebook Page for the most up-to-date event info, but save these dates now!

Yourstuff Museum Reception: Julia Zoltowsky Sun., November 10th, 3-5pm
Yourstuff Museum Reception: Delano Dunn
— Sat., November 23rd, 3-5pm
Closing Reception of Mod Shop, featuring Yesenia Bello — Sat., November 23rd, 3-5pm
And more TBA!

Terrain Biennial Opening
— Sat, October 5th
Soft Sunday at CY Sun, October 6th
CY Performance Festival — Sat, October
I Want a Dyke Bar and You Probably Do Too — Sun, October 20th
YOURSTUFF Museum Open Hours Sat, October 26th


Raffa Reuther
Limited Time Engagement (LTE)
Jorge Lucero
Luke Joyner & After School Matters
Erik Peterson
Alberto Aguilar
Holly Holmes
Matthew Nicholson & Ali Reith

About Terrain Biennial

Compound Yellow is proud to participate in the 2019 Terrain Biennial. Terrain Exhibitions re-purpose private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows and turns them into public spaces to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. Terrain Exhibitions is a 501c3 Not for Profit organization established in the State of Illinois. Founded in Oak Park Illinois by artist Sabina Ott, the Terrain Biennial has produced editions in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Broken Bell , Erik Peterson

Broken Bell, Erik Peterson

After School Matters  with Luke Joyner

After School Matters with Luke Joyner

All We Are Is Heat , Alisa Reith and Matthew Nicholas

All We Are Is Heat, Alisa Reith and Matthew Nicholas

Limited Time Engagement (LTE)

Limited Time Engagement (LTE)

A Coat for Work and Play , Raffa Reuther

A Coat for Work and Play, Raffa Reuther

Alberto Aguilar

Alberto Aguilar

Holly Holmes

Holly Holmes

Multiple Entries , Alberto Aguilar

Multiple Entries, Alberto Aguilar

Featured Artists At Terrain Biennial


Shop Raffa Reuther’s collection of handmade clothing -- featuring work coats, overalls, quilted sweaters, wrap sets, queer button downs, and wonky pants. Off the rack & Commission based. 

Talk to RAFFA about:

How your clothes make you feel

How you like to take up space

A piece of clothing that makes you feel real good

What you wish your clothing did

How this all connects to your identity and why it’s important

How to set up a consultation and custom tailoring session with RAFFA 

A MODULAR SHOP  is a series of pop up residencies intended to program artists whose work is explicitly for sale, in order to create space in the community to show that craft is absolutely art, and that the things we use in our day to day lives could be much more thoughtful, especially in terms of labor, aesthetics, and concept.

RAFFA will be open the entire month of October at Compound Yellow

Untitled (Marquee) - LTE

Untitled (Marquee) is a sculptural installation produced by LTE to celebrate the conclusion of their year-long residency with Compound Yellow. The work takes the form of a theatre-marquee sign which will broadcast messages onto lake street over the course of the Terrain Biennial. Following the close of the biennial, the sign will be turned over to Compound Yellow for future communication with the public.


Using Chicago Department of Transportation traffic paint Alberto Aguilar will create a four square court on the blacktop of Compound Yellow (CY). CY is a highly active space with many programs happening all at once. What happens when a reinvented version of a classic game becomes a permanent part of the mix? For the opening of the CY iteration of the Terrain Biennial the game will be continuously played for twelve hours switching out players as kings and queens are toppled.

The game will be played for 12 hours from 9AM - 9PM and is open to the public.


The YOURSTUFF Museum will be officially opening later in October, but come see the space and get involved -- we’re waiting for your stuff!

Show your stuff at the YOURSTUFF MUSEUM at Compound Yellow! The YOURSTUFF MUSEUM is an exhibition at Compound Yellow(Oak Park, IL) where members of the general public are invited to display their personal belongings, collections, knick-knacks, and home objects in a house-museum setting. Opportunities for display of “your stuff” are available between October 2019 to June 2020. Any person who wishes to show their stuff in theYOURSTUFF MUSEUM can choose between 1 and 3 weeks to display their things. Check out our calendar to select the dates for your participation! You can contact Jorge Lucero with any questions or to reserve your exhibition dates atjlucero@illinois.edu . More information is available on at this link.

After school Matters

Architecture & Urban Design

Teen Program led by Luke Joyner (with Erik Petersen)

Summer 2019 Design/Build Project with Compound Yellow

All Items Constructed at Lathrop Workshop

Over six weeks this summer, 19 teens worked in groups to conceive, design, and build several projects for Compound Yellow. They visited Compound Yellow to meet Laura on the second day of the program, before they even really knew each other, and were immediately drawn in to the place. They brainstormed ideas for the yard, then split into groups based on the projects they most wanted to complete. After a full day of salvaging reclaimed material from an exhibit at the Cultural Center, they spent five or six build days in Lathrop workshop learning to build, and then building, their projects:

1. Swinging Bench (Stephanie Zumba, Victor Carrasco, Massiah Armster, Alejandro Jimenez)

2. Yellow Light (Colin Moran, Evan Meyer, Abraham Martinez)

3. Bulletin Board & Stop Sign (Jasmine VanSomeren, Jacianna Lendor, Alani Barajas, Jessica Chaidez)

4. Modular Stage Components (Nathan Sanchez, Gustavo Diaz, Adelyn Hernandez, Tomiah Westbrook)

5. Tree Ladder Rungs (Jalyn Voss, Kennedy Jones, Rasa Braswell)

Double Bind: Can You See Me Now?

Double Bind: Can You See Me Now? Is a series of handmade curtains that have been designed for the Shaeffer/Nord family home on the Compound Yellow lot by Raffa Reuther, a nonbinary dyke who makes handmade textiles and clothing focused on shape, identity, and construction. Each window will have a curtain comprised of two panels -- facing opposite directions -- playing with ideas of inside/outside, changing your perspective, and dimensionality. They will be on view throughout the Terrain Biennial. 

Holly Holmes

A Transponder, A Weaving from the trees
4' x 25'

On Nov. 7th 3-6, Holly will be on site to talk about the work