January 10-21, 2024

Artist Talk on Friday, January 19, 5 PM

Yun is a series of projects across printmaking, painting, and installation that will be explored at a variety of venues over the next four years. The first version of this walldrawing was shown at the Springer Art Center, Champaign, in November/December 2023. The project evokes some of the ideas that Sol LeWitt developed in his wall drawings and through a more conceptual approach to making art.

The process starts with cloud-like, undulating vector drawings that are drawn with stylus on a touch-screen computer, resulting in a basic archive of several hundred ‘cloud’ (Yun) shapes. The drawings are both concrete and delineated as well as etherial and diffuse, all at once, like a cloud. The two versions made for Zea Mays’ Sanford Gallery will have allusions to the adjacent Mill River which flows past the studio, and its fluid energy and history. This site-specific installation will change throughout a two week artist residency, as newly created intaglio prints are added into the space and are in dialogue with the existing wall works.

The artist’s talk will be an exploration of the ‘walldrawing’ as a unique form of printed art, as well as question if digital printed works can be considered part of a unified printmaking aesthetic. The talk is free and open to the public. Masks are optional but recommended.

Friedhard Kiekeben

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1993, the German-born artist currently lives and works in Chicago.

Kiekeben’s works take form as digital wall drawings, metal friezes, paintings/overpaintings, and sequences of original prints. Projects often play on a minimalist cut-and-paste aesthetic and include many tailor-made, site-specific, or public installations –– such as ‘Cascade’, ‘Quantum Ice’, ‘Loop’, ‘Crystal’,or ‘Tourbillon’ –– and have been exhibited internationally in private and public galleries and museums since the mid 1980s. Friedhard Kiekeben has his studio in Chicago and is a tenured Professor of Fine Art at Columbia College Chicago.