Found Gestures

Found Gestures (Chicago)
Installation View, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Folayemi Wilson speaks about Jefferson Pinder’s Onyx Odyssey at Hyde Park Art Center, November 8, 2015 – January 24, 2016
2019
Acrylic paint and adhesive vinyl
40 x 60 inches

Found Gestures

Found Gestures is a collaborative project by Chicago-based artist Susan Giles and Manchester-based artist Sally Morfill. Consisting of two artist residencies and exhibitions in two locations, Chicago and London, the project reflects the artists’ shared interest in the visual language of co-speech hand gestures. Each iteration begins with an engagement with an art space and its surrounding community in which participants are asked to describe past and present exhibitions. Participants’ speech and gestures are recorded using audio and motion-capture technology, then made into physical, material traces of the conversations that took place. These gestes trouvés (found gestures) are presented in exhibitions in the spaces in which they were recorded. The power to shift perception is associated with the art historical objet trouvé, objects designed with a primary non-art function placed in an art environment. Here, a series of gestes trouvés (found gestures), as evidence of shifting perceptions, are appropriated and removed from their usual context, to provide the content for this work.

This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Found Gestures (Chicago) with Sally Morfill

Found Gestures (Chicago)
Installation View, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Folayemi Wilson speaks about Jefferson Pinder’s Onyx Odyssey at Hyde Park Art Center, November 8, 2015 – January 24, 2016
2019
Acrylic paint and adhesive vinyl
40 x 60 inches

Molly Dunson, Ethan Larbi, Ashley Lazaro and Emanuel Wiley speak about Folayemi Wilson’s Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times at Hyde Park Art Center, March 31 – July 14, 2019
2019
Acrylic paint and adhesive vinyl
35 x 60 inches

Detail of
Molly Dunson, Ethan Larbi, Ashley Lazaro and Emanuel Wiley speak about Folayemi Wilson’s Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times at Hyde Park Art Center, March 31 – July 14, 2019
2019
Acrylic paint and adhesive vinyl
35 x 60 inches

Tracy Taylor speaks about Sabina Ott’s who cares for the sky? at Hyde Park Art Center, February 21 – May 1, 2016
2019
Acrylic paint and adhesive vinyl
15 x 17 inches and 21.5 x 31 inches

Detail of:
A Large Reference Corral, Literally Like a Counter, That Went around the Center and in the Center There Were Librarians: Reference Corral (Carolyn)
Honeycomb cardboard
18 x 23 x 16 feet
2018
Chicago Cultural Center

Photo Credit: Kip Wilkinson

Archive materials corresponding to exhibitions described by participants of Found Gestures.

Found Gestures (London) with Sally Morfill

Found Gestures (London)
Installation View, Five Years, London

Installation View
Alex Schady speaks about Self-Service/Painting at Five Years, March 16th-April 15th, 2001
2019
Inkjet print
39 x 24 inches

 

the exhibition was constantly changing (Alex)
2019
3D printed PLA plastic
11.5 x 8 x 8 inches

Louisa Minkin speaks about The Five Years Painting Project in Drop Out and Michelle Deignan’s 15:1 at Five Years, May 4th-June 3rd, 2001
2019
Inkjet print
39 x 24 inches

we painted together (Louisa)
2019
3D printed gypsum
11 x 9 x 3.5 inches

Esther Planas speaks about Drop Out at Five Years, May 4th-June 3rd, 2001
2019
inkjet print
39 x 24 inches

something happened, which is this apparition of Douglas Park (Esther)
2019
3D printed gypsum
15 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches

Ana Čavić speaks about Michael Curran’s All of Me (an autobiographical life class) in Yes. Yes. I Know. Free School. I Know. at Five Years, April 25th-May 10th, 2009
2019
Inkjet print
39 x 24 inches

he invited us all to have a… um… drawing class (Ana)
2019
3D printed gypsum
13 x 9 x 3 inches