Ordinary People: Kristin Anderson and Danny Licul
September 8 – October 14, 2006
Opening Reception September 8, 6-9 pm


CHICAGO: kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, "Ordinary People" by Kristin Anderson and Danny Licul, inspired by a collaborative artists’ book project between the two artists called “I do not belong with them because.” Anderson has been thinking about how the feeling of belonging, which she refers to as the "comfort/anxiety scale," is one of the strongest indicators of self-identity. This resulted in the pairing of 20 captions representing reasons why people feel they do not belong, with 20 drawings by Licul. The book's unique format allows for playful interchange between the characters and captions, further highlighting how the inner identity of others is less obvious than we think. The underlying concept is also carried through in Licul's trading card version of the book's pages, and Anderson's compact mirror engraved with "I Belong Here."

The artists will be signing purchased copies of their handmade, archival, limited-edition book at the opening reception.

Also on view are works by the artists that are related to the book stylistically or conceptually.

Anderson immerses us in modern-day examples of ancient and universal human traditions. The "Pilgrimage" video and audio installations transport us to holy sites in the era of tourism. She brings us to work in the "Pitch" videos, isolating gestures of people selling their products at trade fairs. "July 4, 2004, Schoolcraft MI" is a fixed-frame video of a small-town patriotic parade as it passes by in front of us. Lawn chairs and candy invite us to sit and share the experience.

Licul uses familiar people and places to mine psychological interactions in his extensively worked paintings. The vibrant colors in "Poncho and Lefty" heighten the drama as you are confronted with the boys' gunplay. The two-paneled "Outlook" contrasts the animated gestural interactions of the orange-toned people with the Arcadian antiquated white ruin and blue sky. The compositional "X" formed within the seaside encounter in "The Croation Resort" functions to divide the two men or pull them together.

Kristin Anderson is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist living and working in New York City. Her photography, video, Internet and installation work is exhibited internationally, including kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art (MONA), MI; USF Contemporary Art Museum, FL; Lancaster Museum of Art, PA; Herziliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Gigantic Art Space, NYC; Pablo's Birthday, NYC; LMCC, NYC; KMG Gallery, NYC; Rocket Projects, Miami; Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY; Nese Alpan Gallery, NY; ISEA, Japan and The Netherlands; and the Darklight Festival, Ireland. Her work is in the collection of The Tate Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Rhode Island School of Design and others. Anderson is on the advisory board for NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. Anderson is has been represented by Kasia Kay in Chicago since 2004, who has presented her work group exhibitions including Atmospheric and Summer Group Show at kasia kay art projects gallery, film screenings at Nova Art Fair 2006, and ~scope New York 2006.

Danny Licul received his BFA in painting from Queens College in New York. His work has been shown in various exhibitions, including White Box Gallery and Robert Miller Gallery in New York, Creative Artists Network in Philadelphia, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He received a Yale Summer School of Art Fellowship.

The creation of some of Ms. Anderson's and Mr. Licul's artwork in this exhibition has been made possible, in part, through a chashama Visual Arts Studio Award.