Each score in Udita Upadhyaya’s nevernotmusic is written as love letter, a witness, a gift of permission to another Chicago artist. In fact, each phrase, each visual and textual gesture in the scores attempts to be a gift of voice, ears, generosity and belonging.
Working with Match Books, the artist has compiled this collection of 12 scores into a book.
At the book release event at Tritriangle on Saturday, September 8, selected scores from the book will be performed by Regin Igloria, Tannaz Motevalli, Nora Sharp, and Corey Smith. In addition, “Oil Waves”—a weaving in reused plastic created by artist Jerry Bleem in response to nevernotmusic—will be on display.
∆∆∆ Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator. With nevernotmusic she delves into the privilege of being able to lose a language, to have a language to spare. She wonders which bodies have access to literacy? Which to expression? When? And Where? Upadhyaya writes in English, reconciling and reclaiming that her language of intellectual expression—and subsequently of power—is inherited from the colonizers of her ancestors. Simultaneously she works hard at re-teaching herself Hindi, text and script; slowly like a child she places a finger under every form, mouthing each syllable—finding joy in every victory. She has an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works between Mumbai and Chicago. uditaupadhyaya.com
∆∆∆ Match Books (est. 2015) is a small publishing project operated by Lauren Zallo out of Chicago, IL. Match Book publications range widely from collaborative photo conversations to poetry, from fiction to artist monographs. This project serves as a way for her to be able to collaborate with artists / friends whose work she admire, while producing intimately sized books for others to enjoy.
∆∆∆ Regin Igloria is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines movement, materials, and space to speak about the human condition. He is interested in metaphors for struggle, primarily within the construct of social hierarchies as well as the physical places we inhabit. These include public spaces, cultural landmarks, and the common spectacle, all understood via themes related to Nature. reginigloria.net/
∆∆∆ Tannaz Motevalli is a second-generation Iranian-American performance artist, writer, and researcher. She grew up in Baltimore, MD, but is now based out of Chicago, IL. Her multidisciplinary practice, often starting from the central act and practice of writing, explores a variety of ideas and concepts including invisible disability/illness and its relationship to the performing body, the mediated and technological body, fantasies of the reproductive/reproducing body, performance lecture as a methodology for personal narrative, and exploring notions of interiority, self-containment, and self-actualization within the female erotic landscape. Tannaz has performed and exhibited works in the International Museum of Surgical Science, Links Hall, Comfort Station, Sector 2337, Roman Susan Gallery, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, TCC Chicago, TriTriangle, The Chicago Home Theater Festival, 2nd Floor Rear Festival, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture. tannazmotevalli.com/
∆∆∆ Born and based in Chicago, Nora Sharp has recently been a Co-MISSIONS Artist in Residence at Links Hall (Chicago) as well as a participant in LANDING 2.0 with Miguel Gutierrez (NYC). Nora has performed with and for the Fly Honey Show, Jane Jerardi, and Ayako Kato, among others. Nora’s solo work incorporates dance, sound, and comedy, among other tools, and reflects lived experience as a queer white midwestern millennial. Nora also facilitates spaces for intra- and interpersonal creative exchange, including Research Project (a bimonthly works in progress performance series), an anxiety workshop series for artists, and individual process support. In fall 2018, Nora’s new solo Small Boobs will tour to the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley and On the Boards in Seattle. norasharp.com
∆∆∆ Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer based in Chicago, Illinois. He is classically trained, but is interested in an art that obscures the boundaries between worlds: words that are sound, music that is image, body that is text. He works in a hybridized performance style — a combination of original music, text, and choreography. Corey has been an artist in residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. He is a 2017 and 2018 grantee of the City of Chicago’s Individual Artist Program. Most recent collaborative credits include works performed at Defibrillator Gallery, Links Hall, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. He studied music composition at the University of Michigan with Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and Erik Santos. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner. More information is available online at coreyds.com
∆∆∆ Jerry Bleem—an artist, teacher, writer, Franciscan friar and Catholic priest—teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and writes a monthly column for U.S. Catholic magazine. As an artist, Bleem examines the cultural construction of meaning by looking at what we discard and by transforming the nonprecious through time-intensive accumulation.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
$7-10 suggested donation
1550 N Milwaukee Ave Fl3