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Haptic Studios Residency

Calling all writers, visual artists, arts administrators, and others with a creative spirit: please consider a stay in Haptic Studios Residency (HSR) for your next desired get away.

Creatives, kindly listen up:  Many creatives need a temporary space for short or longer periods of time.  Sometimes that space is in response to needing a fresh environment.  Sometimes there is a need to be free of distractions.  Sometimes the need is for a fresh view that may be inspiring, private, and afford a bit of breathing space.  Consider HSR for your next creative endeavor. 

Please note that creatives must consider their ability to negotiate 5 steps to lower level living/studio space.

Why Haptic Studios Residency Space?

I have dedicated a space in my home studio for others as it is a pretty big space that feels right to share. As a practicing artist for over two decades, I have found myself housing creatives over the years, for short and longer term periods, especially in the “Before Times.” My new to me space, since 2019, has afforded a dedicated space for creative endeavors. When I moved to this new home I have spent part of the pandemic preparing a space for others in a manner that would entice me. Might that be you? As we move so inexorably slowly towards endemic times, consider such a necessary indulgence for you.

Below are current photographs of the indoor spaces available through a Haptic Studios Residency .

Amenities

Amenities of HSR exclusive to you include your own entrance and key, full bathroom, two single beds, refrigerator, stove/oven, coffee maker, toaster, filtered water on tap, and microwave. Think clean “urban barn” with a bit of quirkiness to it.

Shared resources include wifi, multiple table tops, variety of power tools, book press, vice, an occasional shared meal, laundry on site, and more! Did I say I have a canoe on a wheelie cart and the Chicago River is a divine five minute walk, with an accessible deck and launch?

Potential creative spaces to enjoy include landscaped garden with koi pond, outdoor seating, and potential for using a shared ceramic studio (off site) with coordination.

Other amenities include the beauty of River Park, nearly on the banks of the confluence of Chicago River North Branch and the Northshore Channel, grocery store within walking distance, and a variety of international restaurants within walking distance, to name just a few.

Finally, seasonal amenities include Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market a bike ride away, cross country skiing across the street, paved bicycle and walking path, Chicago River wood chip nature paths, and so much more.

images of the garden, River Park, Chicago River North Branch, and beyond.

Fees

Kindly inquire with me about your creative needs and financial ability.

Weekly stipend for food and occasional shared meals, if desired.

Access and public transportation:

Street parking available. 10/15 min walk to CTA Brown Line to Chicago Loop and museums, Divvy bike rental and Foster Avenue Bus are a 2 minute walk. 20 minutes, by car, to O’Hare Airport.

Consider Haptic Studios Residency

Consider a restorative, creative get away for you (one day, regular wkly potential, up to 30 days). Or, consider a small group of creatives for day use.

Artist and host, Catherine Schwalbe likes to say (regarding studio spaces)

“Art happens where the artist is.”

Watch for follow up post on my first Artist, Natalie Hinahara.

Direct inquiries to me at casbah3d@gmail.com. I look forward to talking with you!

Embracing Uncertainty

Artist in Residence: Natalie Hinahara – guest blogger by Haptic Studio and Residency inaugural creative, Natlie Hinahara What a joy it was to be the first guinea pig of the Haptic Studio and Residency! If you’re reading this, you may know that the Haptic Studio and Residency (HSR) space is below Cathi Schwalbe’s home in […]

Mending a Nation (in protest)

On view now at SouthShore Arts, through August 27, 2022, is a stellar array of works centered on the theme “Nature Lovers.” So many respected artists and such wonderful works in conversation with each other, curated by the creative force of Linda Dorman and Tom Torluemke, curators, writer, photographer, and organizer and artist and stellar […]

The ebb and flow of mending continues – Mosnart of Historic Pullman up next!

Thought I might share an update and information about my upcoming Visiting Artist event at Mosnart. Before and After – Mending a life after a pandemic or some other catastrophic event in in your life, and my completed installation for Fermentation Fest 2021 titled: Mending Waters – Mending Soil – Mending Lives. In my previous […]

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Hello to you, from this all too infrequent blog post.

I wanted to share some upcoming works that will be shown this weekend and share a bit more detail about one in particular.  Women’s Rights are Human Rights will be shown during SOFA Expo this weekend.  Also, TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms will be shown as part of a show titled Truth as a Contested Concept, at Women Made Gallery.

I am thrilled to share the piece, Women’s Rights are Human Rights, shown in the Inspired Interiors Booth 41 at SOFA Expo 2019!  See the Facebook post here.  Like most things, Facebook is woefully inadequate to fully express the nuance of things or thoughts or ideas, when one wants to go deeply in to a topic.

The designers at Inspired Interiors invited artists to propose works for their SOFA booth, very intentionally focused on significant, historical events, related to women’s rights and women’s history. The accepted proposals were gently steered towards these important events that include reproductive rights, hiring practices based on gender, women’s suffrage, and more.  I am a firm believer in understanding from whence we came in order to understand where we must go.

Here is the more detailed information and further links that hopefully may peak your curiosity about the inspiration for my art work, how far we have come and how far we need to go.

Above is the amazing superhero, Mechelle Vinson, who took her sexual harassment case all the way to the Supreme Court… and won!  The Wiki link goes in to some detail along with this recent Washington Post article.  Long before #MeToo by another superhero, Tarana Burke, there was Ms Vinson paving the way.

A SCOTUS document here from the Washington and Lee University School of Law . helped guide my thoughts while viewing the annotations, double, triple, and quadrubled, underlined sentences by the various Supreme Court justices.  You will find strips of a color print of that document, rolled up in many of the pockets of the skirt.

Oral arguments of the case here, including the only female on the Court at the time, Sandra Day O’Connor.

Lastly, an image detail of the skirt that I will be wearing tomorrow night and through the weekend at SOFA Expo 2019 at Navy Pier, titled:  Women’s Rights are Human Rights, silk organza excerpts from the SCOTUS document in each pocket along with repeated images of Mechelle Vinson.  100 pockets to symbolize the 2020 anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.  45 pockets are black and brown to symbolize the 45 year gap for black and brown people to wait to vote, as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed 45 years later.

 

(detail in progress) Women’s Rights are Equal Rights

I will be at Opening Night at SOFA Expo from 5p through the evening, wearing the work.  I will also be there wearing the skirt, on Friday Nov 1, 4-6.  Saturday Nov 2, 2-4.  Sunday Nov 3, 2-4.  It would be great to see you!

Lastly, TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms will be experiencing a reprise.  I am excited to be in this show, opening Friday night.  I have admired the curator, Indira Freitas Johnson’s  work for such a long time, so I consider this a triple thrill to be included in the exhibition.  Opens November 1 6-8p and up until Nov 23.  I will be at the opening, cuz I am still in need of some TRUTH!

I will forever be grateful to Ned and Lyrah Bushnell, for they offered up their farm for the installation back in 2011.  Please refer to past blogposts for more information about the making and documenting TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms, The Fields Project, and more.  Photo:  Peter J Schulz Photography

 

 

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Art in the time of awfulness.

Greetings to you.

I wanted to share with you a social practice work title #FreeListening, that launched over Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Chicago Fluxfest.

I have been taking notes on listening for awhile and I came across notes from 4-5 years ago.  I have been wanting to do a piece about listening and wasn’t sure if there was a enough meat about my concept.  I have taken the leap while not knowing where it may lead, which is exciting and terrifying.

Below is the body of my proclamation, available to anyone who has been heard, by receiving a Certificate of Being Heard.  Each will be hand lettered by me, along with an embossed medallion for complete authenticity.  Each certificate includes the Proclamation along with tips to enhance your own listening skills.

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#FreeListening – A proclamation for listening from the studio of

Catherine Schwalbe of Chicago, IL

#FreeListening – a social practice work

Proclamation

Whereas, widespread social media and technology have set us up to make ourselves loud and necessarily heard

Whereas, this artist has been told she is a great listener

Whereas, People of Color, our Elders, our Children, Free Thinkers, those who are non-binary thinking, those who are urban, those who are rural, those who are fill in the blank here, are in need of the dominant culture to sit down and listen

Whereas, all people could benefit from being heard and learning tips about being a good listener

Whereas, we speak of the fine art of speaking and we need to consider the fine art of listening

Whereas, this artist makes opportunities to engage fellow humans in her art and recreation therapy practice

Whereas, the role of older adults can be sounding boards for younger generations

Whereas, this artist has a history of social practice works

Whereas, there is value in the simple act of being heard

NOW THEREFORE, I, Catherine Schwalbe of Chicago, Illinois, do hereby proclaim Fluxfest 2018 Chicago and beyond as an opportunity to engage in #FreeListening, in Chicago and beyond, and urge all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits of the fine art of listening, offered by the artist herself, and to support and participate in Schwalbe’s art practice whenever and wherever you come upon her.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal for #FreeListening, from the studio of Catherine Schwalbe, Chicago, IL, on this day____________________

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Some images taken at 6018North during Chicago Fluxfest last month.  Thank you Pate Conway, for the lovely documentation.

A person being heard at 6018North.

My sign is out at 6018North during Chicago Fluxfest 2018

Side note:  Following a post on my Instagram using the hashtag #freelistening, I received a couple of very supportive messages from this amazing group.  I decided to move forward with my piece, even though there might be some overlap with intent.

 

If you are interested in hosting or have any skills listed below such as

  • Wanting to be heard
  • Wanting to be a guest listener
  • Offering a location for #FreeListening
  • Wanting more information about #FreeListening
  • You speak a foreign language or use ASL and want to participate

kindly contact me at casbah3d@gmail.com or comment on this blog.

As always, thank you for paying attention.

 

 

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Note:  This blog entry is dedicated to Keith Buchholz.  Without his invitation into this amazing group of creatives that is Fluxus, Sewing Forgiveness may never have been born.  With many thanks dear Keith.

Friday night September 5, will mark the next of many Social Practice performances titled Sewing Forgiveness.  Specifically, Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago, will (and already has) entail a variety of sites and a variety of audiences, literally across the city of Chicago.

The piece was drawn from life; mine; fellow humans; as witness to the environment;  history;  @#$%&, even current events!  The struggle with forgiveness many of us have had, currently have, and inevitably will have again.  I consider the concepts and deep sentiment surrounding forgiveness, letting go, and moving on.    The utter bewilderment at the questions… If? How? When? Why? Who even!  Quite possibly, beginning with forgiving oneself.  If Nelson Mandela can forgive…

Sewing Forgiveness, a Social Practice work, unfolded firstly for the Fluxus Fest of 2013.  It was performed with a fellow human also struggling with forgiveness.  Together the conversation began.  I didn’t know that I would be performing the work outside of a couple of times throughout that four day festival of lovely absurdity.  Fluxus is like that.  Sometimes the works tickles your funny bone but more often the artist’s works enter your bones through your heart.  Fluxus makes us pay attention.

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Fluxus Fest 2013 Dorcester Projects

Fluxus Fest 2013
Dorcester Projects

I will aim to work backwards a bit, starting with this week to announce a performance of

Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago at Wicker Park Lutheran Church  1500 N. Hoyne in conjunction with First Fridays of Wicker Park.  This announcement from our website:

“Arts Sanctuary (Friday, September 5th) – 7-10 p.m.

WPLC will be hosting a First Fridays series entitled “Arts Sanctuary” – a respite for the arts. September’s event is “Mercy, Unity, Restoration,” and features the social practice piece called “Sewing Forgiveness,” including art of various mediums, live jazz, and local beer. The event is free with donation proceeds funding Youth Futures, a local nonprofit cultivating restorative justice programs with young adults in Chicago.”

I would be honored to have you attend my church and our inaugural Arts Sanctuary event this Friday.  If you are unable, send some good energy our way and watch for further posts as they will relate directly with

Chicago Artists Month – Crossing Borders and this work

Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago.

Thanks for reading and thanks for paying attention.

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