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LIVING IN CHICAGO | ART VIDEO VISIONARY An art curator and self-described “video enthusiast” hand-plucks a promising new protégé. By Jessica Cockran I Photography by Cynthia Lynn In the heart of the West Loop, Chicago’s reigning destination for contemporary art galleries, Je erson Godard’s Aspect/Ratio is the city’s only—yes, only!—commercial gallery dedicated to video art. at video is one of the most important mediums today is undeniable, but, as controversial art critic Claire Bishop wrote in a recent issue of Artforum , “Mainstream contemporary art simultaneously disavows and depends on the digital revolution.” In layman’s terms, though many artists work with video (among other digital platforms, such as computers, tablets and even mobile phones!), the medium presents no shortage of practical di culties: For many in the art world, it seems daunting to buy, sell and conserve art that doesn’t simply hang on a wall or sit on a pedestal. A well-known and highly social gure in the local art world—he can be spotted at openings almost every weekend—Godard has collected art, curated exhibitions, taught college art students and participated on acquisitions committees at the MCA, all while making a name for himself for his ability to spot talent early on. Artist Nick Albertson is one lucky recipient of Godard’s mentorship, and come this winter, the diminutive, perfectly intimate screening room at Aspect/ Ratio will host the recent Columbia College graduate’s rst solo show Jan. 31-March 8. His videos and still photographs elevate “the everyday,” turning domestic items such as rubber bands, plastic straws and napkins into beautifully articulated abstract patterns. “In my work, I strip utilitarian objects of their functions, repurposing them to create visceral experiences,” Albertson explains. Describing Godard as nothing short of a “pleasure to work with,” the budding artist is justi ably excited to launch his rst exhibition. Because with Godard as his advocate, it is surely the rst of many. FIRST EXPOSURE Video and photo artist Nick Albertson poses with a few works in Jefferson Godardʼs Aspect/ Ratio gallery in the West Loop, where his work will debut in January 2014. 78 INTERIORS WINTER 2014

Living In Chicago Art

Jessica Cockran

VIDEO VISIONARY

An art curator and self-described "video enthusiast" hand-plucks a promising new protege.

In the heart of the West Loop, Chicago’s reigning destination for contemporary art galleries, Jefferson Godard’s Aspect/Ratio is the city’s only—yes, only!—commercial gallery dedicated to video art. That video is one of the most important mediums today is undeniable, but, as controversial art critic Claire Bishop wrote in a recent issue of Artforum, “Mainstream contemporary art simultaneously disavows and depends on the digital revolution.” In layman’s terms, though many artists work with video (among other digital platforms, such as computers, tablets and even mobile phones!), the medium presents no shortage of practical difficulties: For many in the art world, it seems daunting to buy, sell and conserve art that doesn’t simply hang on a wall or sit on a pedestal.

A well-known and highly social figure in the local art world—he can be spotted at openings almost every weekend— Godard has collected art, curated exhibitions, taught college art students and participated on acquisitions committees at the MCA, all while making a name for himself for his ability to spot talent early on. Artist Nick Albertson is one lucky recipient of Godard’s mentorship, and come this winter, the diminutive, perfectly intimate screening room at Aspect/ Ratio will host the recent Columbia College graduate’s first solo show Jan. 31-March 8. His videos and still photographs elevate “the everyday,” turning domestic items such as rubber bands, plastic straws and napkins into beautifully articulated abstract patterns. “In my work, I strip utilitarian objects of their functions, repurposing them to create visceral experiences,” Albertson explains. Describing Godard as nothing short of a “pleasure to work with,” the budding artist is justifiably excited to launch his first exhibition. Because with Godard as his advocate, it is surely the first of many.

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