RADICAL VISIBILITY COLLECTIVE
March 5 – 30, 2018
The interdisciplinary collective includes the Chicago-based artists, designers, performers and activists Sky Cubacub, Compton Quashie and Jake Vogds. Graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they explore Queer-Crip Futurism by activating spaces through multi-sensory experiences that include performance, design, music, wearable art and installations. Their collaborative projects incorporate pieces by Rebirth Garments, a line of custom hand-made gender non-conforming clothing and accessories for individuals representing the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. By questioning mainstream beauty and fashion standards, they challenge notions of radical visibility through bright colors, exuberant fabrics and innovative designs to highlight and celebrate those marginalized by society.
Since debuting a collection of chainmaille garments and accessories in 2010, Chicago-based Sky Cubacub has carved out a prolific career as an artist, designer, performer and activist. After graduating from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute, the award-winning artist and designer launched Rebirth Garments, a line of custom hand-made gender non-conforming clothing and accessories for individuals representing the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. By challenging mainstream beauty and fashion standards, Cubacub champions radical visibility through bright colors, exuberant fabrics and innovative designs that highlight those marginalized by society. The slow and thoughtful process of hand-making chainmaille lies at the heart of the artist’s creative process, with its focus on repetitive patterns and techniques.
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jake Vogds is a multidisciplinary performance artist/singer working in sculpture, painting, visual media and costume. In June 2014, Vogds was awarded the Shapiro Center’s EAGER Research Grant for Queer Mixed Realities Collective from SAIC. The artist has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Chicago Artist Coalition, Three Walls Gallery and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, among others. Vogds also taught performance at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in fall 2016. After completing four 2017 solo exhibitions throughout the Chicago area and abroad, Vogds is currently collaborating with Rebirth Garments on music for their line celebrating radical visibility amongst marginalized individuals.
A graduate of Chicago’s School of the Art Institute with a degree in Fashion Design/Construction, Performance and Visual Communications, Compton Quashie’s practice as an award-winning artist and designer is informed by ongoing research into issues surrounding cultural history and appropriation. Based in Chicago, Quashie’s work explores themes encompassing Afro-futurism, gender fluidity, popular/material culture, historical narratives and the rapidly evolving world of street fashion that is translated into multidisciplinary performance/installation works. In addition to the artist’s independent practice, Quashie collaborates with Sky Cubacub on Rebirth Garments, handcrafting colorful neon spandex pieces for its line of radical visibility clothing and accessories.
Sunday March 11, 1 - 3 pm
How do you make/hack your wardrobe to make it fully celebrate the intersection of all of your identities? We will explore the idea of Radical Visibility, a QueerCrip movement based on highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns. Discussions of designing for disability, gender, race, size, sexuality, etc. and running your own line, as well as hands on dress up time and body movement work will culminate in a fashion performance/mini dance party.
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