Sep
30
12:00pm12:00pm

Inside the Matrix: The Living Structures of Ken Isaacs

Critic Susan Snodgrass surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs whose populist designs of the 60s and 70s challenged conventional definitions of modernism. Focusing primarily on his Living Structures, DIY modular living units that unified the multiple functions of furniture and home, Snodgrass will discuss Isaacs’ concept of the Matrix, the foundation behind all of the architect’s designs (including his Microhouses and Knowledge Box) that sought radical solutions to the spatial and environmental challenges of modern life. 

Susan Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic and editor of ARTMargins Online. Her current curatorial projects focus on the architecture of Ken Isaacs, and have been included in the exhibitions “Learning Modern,” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries (2009-10), and “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” organized by the Walker Art Center (2015). She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Self-Reliance School + Compound Yellow • 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL • temporaryservices.org

On Facebook

View Event →
Sep
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

Many Possible Futures

What futures might our children help to create?
What tools and ideas can we offer them?


These are challenging times in which to raise the next generation. Join us for a workshop exploring time traveling and generative thinking for artists/ parents/ educators, and kids ages 4-7. Participants young and old will engage in a series of short writing and/or drawing exercises as an aid toward imagining, action, and further conversation. Shared responses will become part of a collective archive and small-press zine.

Adults will meet in one area while kids work on parallel activities in a nearby room before regrouping for shared conversation. If you want to participate but have kids outside the age range of 4-7, let us know and we'll see what we can figure out: culturalreproducers@gmail.com.

COME FOR THIS GREAT WORKSHOP AND STAY AFTER FOR A BBQ!

View Event →

Sep
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Rhyme

In September, our session will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called the “goddess of secret and ancient coincidences.”

Participants will explore different types and poetic uses of rhyme in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original verse in rhyme, will conclude the session.

View Event →
Aug
26
12:00pm12:00pm

Zine Mercado!

Join us for the ZINEmercado at Compound Yellow in Oak Park! This year's edition will feature zines by many artists, writers, musicians, and photographers! There will be food and beverages and lots to read with ZINEmercado right next to the Self-Reliance Library!

20902548_783341318494638_1288775726815772672_n.jpg
View Event →
Aug
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Poetry Workshop

Monday, August 21, 6-8p -  Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Ephemeral Poetry

In August, Forms & Features will explore ephemeral poetry, verse written on a variety of physical objects.

The group will explore the connections and tensions between the physical and poetic in a wide range of ephemeral poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original poems on various materials, will conclude the session.

View Event →
Jul
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Soil Exam with Nance Klehm

Get hands on experience assessing soil structure and soil composition and learn how to sample soil to send to a lab. We will dig a hole on the Compound Yellow grounds and use it as a point of exploration and sampling.

Copies of Klehm’s publication The Ground Rules: a manual to reconnect soil and soul will be available for sale.

About Nance Klehm
Nance Klehm has been an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permacultural grower for more than two decades. Her approach is centered on instigating change by activating already existent communities, and her work demonstrates her lifelong commitment to redefining the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems on this planet. Learn more about her practice at http://socialecologies.net/

View Event →
Jul
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

At Work with Thomas Kong

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


$

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.

$

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/

View Event →
Jul
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Diction

Free admission - RSVP required (info@compoundyellow.com)

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In June, Forms & Features trains its focus on the diction of poetry, exploring how word choice and vocabulary shapes tone and voice.

The group will explore distinct vocabularies and uses of diction in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original verse, will conclude the session.  To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

View Event →
Jul
9
12:00pm12:00pm

William Estrada, I Belong to You, You Belong to Me

Artist William Estrada presents I Belong to You, You Belong to Me, a button-making  program exploring social responsibility and indebtedness within communities and bordering neighborhoods of Austin and Cicero. How are we responsible for each other? How do we protect each other's rights? How do we practice belonging with others? How is your freedom, tied to mine? Participants are invited to respond to prompts to create custom slogan buttons.

Street Art Cart Program is presented by Compound Yellow in partnership with Chicago Artists’ Coalition and Terrain Exhibitions as a program of Terrain-HATCH Public Art Curatorial Residency and I Am Conscious, I Am Love exhibition curated by Sadie Woods.

View Event →
Jun
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

Opening Reception for Katrin Schnabl: Angel Brigade I & II, 2017

An outdoor installation featuring two suspended circles made of restructured garments in Compound Yellow’s side yard.

 This outdoor installation features two suspended circles in the Compound Yellow side yard. The-net-like interior is made of restructured garments. Schnabl employs these ‘membranes’, as she refers to them, to navigate and negotiate space: physical, emotional and philosophical. Over the duration of a season suspended outdoors, the cloths’ appearance is altered by the elements.

View Event →
Jun
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Artists' Books, Zines and Printed Mayhem from Mexico with Marc Fischer

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.

View Event →
Jun
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Forms & Features - Poetry Foundation Workshop Series: Prose Poetry

Monday, June 19, 6-8 pm: Prose Poetry
Free admission - RSVP required (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 the prose poem, a hybrid composition that takes the appearance of prose while assuming the devices, and name, of poetry.

The group will explore a wide variety of prose poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original prose poems, will conclude the session.

View Event →
Jun
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

Night Bloomers: a project by Sean Ward

More on FB

Night Bloomers at Compound Yellow will be the second iteration of Finger Flowers, a project developed by Sean Ward. Fastnet in Brooklyn, New York hosted the premiere entitled Container-Container where Ward's Sensei Yoshie Takahashi, her students, and her husband, ceramicist Marc Isaacs, collaborated on an exhibition of Ikebana arrangements in a shipping container on the Red Hook docks.

At Compound Yellow, a group of artists abroad were asked to create containers for artists residing in the vicinity of the Compound to use during an Ikebana workshop led by Ward. The workshop is held the night before the opening and the arrangements are placed throughout the Compound. Flowers will be renewed throughout the year by other exhibitors.

View Event →
Apr
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Poetry Workshop: Epistle

Monday, April 17th, 6-8 pm

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Epistle

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and writing workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney.

In April, we focus on the epistle, a poem addressed to a specific person and located in a specific space and time. After reading and discussing a wide range of epistles, participants will be guided through composing original epistolary poems. To register, please emailinfo@compoundyellow.com.

 

View Event →
Mar
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Poetry Workshop: Personification

Monday, March 20th, 6-8 pm          

Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Personification

 

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and writing workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney.

In March, we explore personification, the device that transforms the non-human (the animal, the collective, the inanimate, the abstract) into human. The group will read and discuss a wide range of poems before composing original poems employing personification. To register, please email info@compoundyellow.com.

 

View Event →