@ PLAQUE: Cassandra Davis
@ INSURANCE, AMERICAN COLORS
Featuring work from: Jason Lee, Sam Prekop, Adam Newsham, Bob Price, Sara Murphy, Amy Blessing and Chris Dunn
@ GREASE: Chris Scott
@ IN/OUT: Alejandro Franco & Kelly Jimenez
Feat.: DJ CRIM DOLLA CRAY
Cassandra Davis is a Chicago-based artist with an MFA (2017) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies. Through performance, video, installation and sculpture, Cassandra Davis’ work examines their own Midwestern Evangelical upbringing. Davis is interested in understanding relationships between redemption, resurrection, embodied trauma, and the failure of the American dream. They are enchanted by the power of spiritual ecstasy and how the reclamation of ritual might offer the queer and marginalized body a transcendent experience. Davis’ work also reimagines rural materials like corn and hay, and spaces like the revival or parade —and expands the archival and photographic into embodied form. Through the hand-sewn, hand-woven, and hand-printed, Davis’ process embodies the obsessive devotion of the Believer.
A native of Southern California, Jason Lee is a film photographer, actor, producer, and director. Having established a successful career as a professional skateboarder during skateboarding's pivotal late 80s and early 90s period, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1994, which would lead to working in film, television, and voiceover. Despite retiring from skateboarding in 1995, Lee continued co-managing Stereo Skateboards with co-founder and former professional skateboarder Chris Pastras. In 2017, the two longtime friends celebrated the company’s 25-year-anniversary.
In 2002, Lee developed a passion for photography and dedicated himself to pursuing the medium as a creative profession. His photographic works have since been featured in multiple group and solo exhibitions, magazines, and two sold-out books; a 2016 special limited edition hardcover issue of Texas-based Refueled magazine, featuring a selection of his American instant film photographs from 2006-2016, and A PLAIN VIEW, a 2018 book of large format color film photographs made throughout Texas in 2017. A PLAIN VIEW marked the debut publication for Film Photographic, an Instagram film photography sharing platform and photography book publisher founded by Lee in 2015. In June 2019, Lee hosted OK: Jason Lee Photographs at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his first ever solo museum exhibition. The exhibition showcases a selection of photographs made throughout Oklahoma during a six-month period in 2018 and runs through December 2019, at which point an official exhibition catalog will be released. In 2020, publisher Stanley Barker will release a book of previously unpublished black-and-white photographs from Lee’s archives, with Film Photographic to release a second printing of A PLAIN VIEW in 2021.
Sam Prekop is a member of the Chicago based band, Sea and Cake, and is a self-trained photographer.
Based in St. Louis, MO, Adam Newsham is a co-founder of Photo Filmy.
Based in Northern California, Bob Price is a co-founder of Photo Filmy.
Amy is a film photographer, alternative process artist, and social justice advocate living in Iowa City, IA.
Alejandro Franco and Kelly Jimenez
My work is a quest to find a new function for discarded objects, to give them a new role, a new life. In an industrial landscape where made objects and information flows overwhelm us, I find fulfillment in building characters out of various objects that were previously resting without purpose. Seeking hidden similarities between objects and in parallel striving to interpret thoughts are my great passions. I feel a need to intervene with these forgotten elements, to work with their poetic potential and create a convergence engaging people with their new existence. A seamless search for beauty, sifting through the detritus of everyday life.