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Evan Kleekamp, Blouse, 2021. ode to siestaware and commodities akin to and lower than siestaware.tif
NOR Research Studio Director Evan Kleekamp is exhibiting work in RED WEDDING, a group show at RUSCHMAN curated by Matt Morris.
Artists on view include Vaginal Davis, Alexandro Segade, Barbara T. Smith, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Fatemeh Kazemi and Yasmina Hashemi, and Adam Milner. As part of their work BLOUSE (2021), Kleekamp has created a publicly viewable Dropbox folder where they will upload studies, documents, and prototypes for the duration of the show.
4148 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
May 8 – July 3, 2021
NOR RESEARCH STUDIO is a consulting service that specializes in artist career development. The studio (1) creates intellectual property for artists, (2) plans and implements funding campaigns for artists and nonprofit art organizations, and (3) provides ghostwriting, publication design, and editorial support. Collectively, our team has fundraised over $2 MILLION through crowdfunding, grants, and scholarships since 2013. Our materials have landed clients book deals, gallery representation, and the critical attention necessary to sustain their artistic practices. We also lead workshops and lecture on contemporary art in the post-institutional era.
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We charge $150 per hour. Does this seem too expensive? Feel free to shoot us an email and explain your circumstances. Our research spans the greater political economy in which artists make work — we know precarity firsthand, which allows us to illuminate paths toward funded, sustainable artmaking. If you have a compelling problem, we want to know about it and assemble resources that could ease your burden. So, while we might not be able to address the problem for you specifically, we might be able to craft a tool or strategy that circumnavigates it altogether. PS — not every project takes a full hour and learning to negotiate is important. Income and job security are sexy, we can show you the way.
EVAN KLEEKAMP is autistic. They live in Los Angeles, where they read, write, research, and design prosthetics. In 2021, Apogee Graphics will publish 4 INSTRUMENTS, a limited-edition booklet that excerpts Kleekamp’s in-progress novel, SO THAT MY BALLOON WILL TAKE ME DOWNWARD. Nightboat Books anthologized another excerpt in WE WANT IT ALL: AN ANTHOLOGY OF RADICAL TRANS POETICS (2021). Their writing has appeared in The Avery Review, Open Space (SFMOMA), X-TRA, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Evan was a 2019 Creative Capital | The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Finalist. Their research interests include: disability, psychoanalysis, the lecture-performance, and kitty cats.
KARINA VAHITOVA is a writer and movement artist from Kiev, Ukraine. Trained as an art historian with a focus on Marxist critique and performance at The New School, Karina led the global performance art archive project at Marina Abramovic Institute. In 2015, she cofounded The Void Academy, an educational platform helping artists learn how to make a living from their art. The Void Academy has helped artists and arts organizations raise a total of $1.8 million dollars. Her research interests include: sex work, paratheatre, and state apparatuses.
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