Aspect/Ratio Projects was founded in 2012 as a commercial gallery for international emerging video artists. Slowly the program grew to incorporate artists that not only worked in video, but across other mediums as well. In 2017, Aspect/Ratio Projects relocated from our West Loop space to West Town in Chicago allowing us to refine and expand our program to include conceptual painting, sculpture and photography. Aspect/Ratio Projects is proud to work with gallery artists and other artists on special projects that allow them to take risks and expand their practice and visibility in Chicago.
David Leggett is a visual artist who lives in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (2003), and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). He also was an artist in residence at the University of Chicago, Arts and Public Life (2014-15). His work tackles many themes head on; hip-hop, art history, popular culture, sexuality, the racial divide, and the self are all reoccurring subjects. He takes many of my cues from standup comedians, which he listens to while in the studio. He runs a daily drawing blog Coco River Fudge Street that started in 2010. He has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally, including an upcoming solo show at Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago (2016). He received the visual artist award from 3Arts in 2009.
Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera
ALEJANDRO FIGUEREDO DÍAZ-PERERA is a conceptual artist from Havana, Cuba who works a variety of media including: video, photography, painting, installation and text. Whereas, the medium is dictated by the idea or investigation. Through his practice, he seeks to make connections between the personal and the universal points of view, exploring absence and paradox in many different ways, by the process of forcing to contradict himself. Exhibitions include an intervention at The Chicago Artists Coalition, a two-person show with collaborator Cara Megan Lewis at Antena Gallery and participation in the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival at Defibrillator Gallery, both in Chicago. Participation in festivals and exhibitions in Cuba include the International Festival of Video Art in Camaguey, the 10th and 11th Havana Biennials, and a workshop-exhibition in collaboration with Gabriel Orozco in Havana.
Jovan C. Speller
Jovan C. Speller is a multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis, MN. Her work – visual, textual and performative – interprets historic narratives through contemporary discourse. Her research based practice is centered around elevating, complicating and inventing stories that explore ancestry, identity, and spatial memory – making the intangible tangible and the invisible visible.
She is a recipient of a 2018 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a 2018 Next Step Fund Grant, and a 2016 Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship. She recently completed an artist residency at Second Shift Studio Space in St. Paul. Her photographic works and installations have been published and exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions. Her work has been collected in private collections, and at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Cameron Gainer (b. 1973) is a visual artist making work in a diverse range of media. He is the Publisher and Executive Editor of The Third Rail a nonprofit publication devoted to a discussion of modern
and contemporary art, politics, philosophy, and culture. Gainer is also the Artistic Director of co.
(company projects) an itinerant artist run project space that presents exhibitions, performance,
artists’ books, and screenings.
He has had solo museum exhibitions at The New Temporary
Contemporary at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Group exhibitions include
“Spectators, Rendered and Regulated” at Koenig and Clinton. Gallery New York, New York; “Midnight Party” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; “The Paranoia of Time” at Carter & Citizen Gallery, Los Angeles; “Portal” at McClain Gallery, Houston. Awards and fellowships include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner grant, James L. McKnight Fellowship, and a Jerome Foundation grant for research.
Jean Alexander Frater
Jean Alexander Frater experiments with the materials inherent to painting and then integrates other histories, traditions and language into this form. Alexander Frater was a 2017-2018 Chicago Artists BOLT resident, received an MFA. from School of Art the Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Philosophy, from the University of Dayton, Ohio. Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Wexner Center for Arts, Columbus; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe; Images Festival, Toronto; Possible Project Space, Brooklyn; Ben-Gurion. airport, Tel Aviv; Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Aspect/Ratio, Chicago; THE MISSION Gallery, Chicago; Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn and Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute, Baltimore.
Adam Daley Wilson
Adam Daley Wilson is a self-taught contemporary conceptual artist who lives and works in Maine. His work is manifested in oil painting, installations, multi-media, video, and performance art. Daley Wilson’s practice focuses on a cognitive process where he uses words and pushes them to their full extent while allowing space for interpretation. His practice also culls from his traditional education (Stanford Law, University of Pennsylvania) and his living with bipolar 1.
Enjoyed listening to this artist and glad Aspect Ratio is producing podcasts. Always enjoy hearing artists talk about their work.
Fun and thought provoking conversation
Interesting to hear from contemporary artists about their work, or the very same exhibition that I can go out and see in person for myself!
Excited to more!!