Tuesday, November 14th
Columbia College Library
624 S. Michigan
ZACH BARTZ is a performer, producer, and painter in Chicago. He paints on recycled or found objects in order to relinquish himself from the pressure to make fine art on a blank canvas. By using expendable materials, he is able to take risks - and make discoveries - that he otherwise may have been hesitant to take. By reusing paintings from thrift stores, he is able focus on making discoveries between the original piece and his own work, often clashing contexts to tell a story. He paints faces in order to illustrate the audiences he sees from the stage, but also to give him a permanent jumping off point for his paintings. By always starting with a face, he is able to focus less on what he is going to make and more on technique, materials, and discovery. His work has been shown publicly in Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma, and is held in private collections around the world. He is also the co-creator of the underground arts network, The Shithole. He updates his Instagram with new paintings daily. @ImZachBartz
ELEANOR RAY is the Director of The WasteShed. She discovered creative reuse as an installation and costume artist,
and developed her ideas in the nurturing environment of SCRAP PDX. She was also General Manager of the Creative Reuse Warehouse, and spearheaded their collaboration with the ReBuilding Exchangebefore plunging headfirst into the brackish waters of The WasteShed.
KASS COPELAND has worked as a mixed media artist in Chicago since 1995. Prior to earning her BFA from The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, she studied and apprenticed with her father, a theatrical and circus prop designer and craftsman. For the last decade she has worked as a freelance artist and designer with the former Redmoon Theater, and other Chicago clients.
XZAVIER WEED is currently an animator @ Columbia College Chicago and makes sticker, posters and alternative art forms. He enjoys cartoons, comic books, video games, and movies His work, often utilizing discarded signage and other materials, can be found throughout the city in unexpected places, including CTA trains.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, MEGAN MERRY, who creates sculptures from outdated technology and other upcycled materials, is a junior at Columbia College Chicago studying American Sign Language - English Interpretation.