In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday March 14 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!
Jenna Boyles aka Jenna Junk is an interdisciplinary artist and human magnet for things no one else wants. Joyfully defying landfills, she gleans sound from inherited and collected objects labeled “trash” and “obsolete.” Devoted to the concept of waste as memory – a form of storing and recalling past information – she brings attention to the potential within discarded material. Rewiring old electronics and embedding soft e-textiles into her installations and wearables, her work articulates the ubiquity and resonance of unwanted things while playing on the sensitivity between squishy-bodies and hard-wired machines. Currently she is in Pittsburgh, PA reviving the house that she inherited from her grandma Helen.
Boyles received her BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 and MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Her costumes and illuminated objects have appeared in parades and forests, on rivers and beaches. She has performed at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago IL; Area 405 and the 14Karat Cabaret in Baltimore, MD. She participated in the Tough Art Residency at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and was the inaugural artist in residence at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD. Recently, Boyles was a New Media Artist in residence at Mana Contemporary Chicago. She currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
CatManMainLand is a project of Christopher Riggs, an autistic person who plays noise music using the electric guitar and synthesizer. Without the use of processing or FX, he squeezes sounds from his guitar the Chicago Reader has called “unapologetically ugly”.