PARALLELS // A Collaboration with ACRE Residency Part 2

Participants: Joshua Albers, Yhelena Hall


1431 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

Reception: August 2nd, 5:00-7:00 pm

CHICAGO, Illinois - THE MISSION is pleased to present PARALLELS // A Collaboration with ACRE Residency, a two-part exhibition of new work by ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) summer residents Joshua Albers, Celeste Cooning, Yhelena Hall, and Heather MacKenzie.

PARALLELS // Part 2 presents recent work by Joshua Albers and Yhelena Hall. Interested in the physicality of the human body, each artist presents an investigation of the relationship between experience and perception. Joshua Albers’ work explores the combinatorial nature of perception when it is enacted through information technology. He examines methods of mapping the shape of information to facilitate an understanding of human perceptual experience. Yhelena Hall’s interest the human desire to fly inspired her project, Un-distant Flights. Incorporating both video and a three-dimensional model of a bizarre flying machine drawn from pre-Wright Brothers aviation history, the piece sits at the intersection of reality and imagination, and brings the experience of flight to the viewer.

JOSHUA ALBERS received his BFA from Missouri State University and recently completed his MFA in New Media Arts from University of Illinois at Chicago. Albers uses information technology to investigate the nature of constructed realities and rendered environments. His recent work explores the poetic potential of re-purposed consumer hardware, principally the Microsoft Kinect. He lives and works in Chicago, IL.

YHELENA HALL was born in Kamianets-Podilsky, Ukraine. She studied painting at the Kharkiv State Art College and received a Fulbright Scholarship to obtain her MFA in Sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Hall is interested in the process of transformation and uses various raw and manufactured materials to explore the relationship between space and identity. Hall’s intricate structures employ natural phenomena to evoke contemplation of common architectural forms. She lives and works in Chicago, IL.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. ACRE enacts its mission primarily through an annual summer residency program in rural southwestern Wisconsin. Throughout the rest of the year, ACRE offers opportunities for exhibition to each of its residents.

More information about ACRE can be found at

PARALLELS // Part 2: Joshua Albers + Yhelena Hall opens Friday, August 2, 2013 and is on view through Saturday, August 24, 2013.

THE MISSION promotes art of the Americas by organizing a diverse program of provocative exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists. THE MISSION takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring cultural, social, geographical, and historical contexts through presenting artists that shape, inform, and challenge ideas and perception of contemporary art. THE MISSION is dedicated to supporting artistic innovation and experimentation and strives to initiate dialogue among local, national, and international art communities.


Date: August 2, 2013
PARALLELS // Part 2 - J. Albers, Y. Hall

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