A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

SAIC Alums Sarah and Joseph Belknap Install at Mana Contemporary Chicago

Sarah Belknap (MFA 2010) and Joseph Belknap (MFA 2009) recently opened their latest exhibition, Slow Stretch, along with Eileen Rae Walsh at the Pilsen-based Mana Contemporary Chicago. In Slow Stretch, Walsh and the Belknaps collaborate on a floor-to-ceiling installation of photography and sculpture that blurs the lines of authorship. The culmination of a long-running exchange between the artists and curators, this exhibition and accompanying publication speaks to the nature of collaborative creative practice. Mailed in installments leading up to the opening, a limited-run, three part publication introduced Slow Stretch through writing, artist interviews, and unique collaboratively-produced photograms. The bundled publication is available in the gallery space during the run of the show.

The show was organized by Third Object, a curatorial collective consisting of Gan Uyeda (Dual MA 2014) and Raven Falquez Munsell (Dual MA 2014). The Chicago Reader’s review of Slow Stretch notes the “fluidity” of the exhibition and compares the show’s participatory nature to “a concert in which audience members are invited on stage.”

Image from the Chicago Reader