September 9- Oct 14 (Weds-Sat, 12-6pm)

Visitor Welcome Center presents stutter, a group exhibition featuring original works by Joeun Aatchim, Matt Austin, Sonia Louise Davis, Tempestt Hazel, Douglas Kearney, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Suné Woods.

This exhibition is organized around the stutter, characterized as a communication disorder in which fluency of speech is disrupted by repetitions, prolongations, and stoppages. The stutter interferes with the economy of flow. It is an obstacle to overcome, yet a perpetual insistence of agency. The phonemic struggle is an emotional effort that induces a breakdown in communication. But there is potential in the collapse -- the lingual delay, the moment of time reclaimed. Stutter erodes fluency’s order and pulls her listener close, demanding that her interlocutor reconfigure his faculty of listening. The erosion alters the presumed flow of communication, and reroutes the capacity for exchange.

The artists in this exhibition examine notions of the stutter by insisting on it as a vehicle for emotional and political reflection. Through the glitch, the collision, the erasure, the works in the show expose vulnerabilities within feeling, language, technology, and political systems. The works ask us to reconsider our unsettling affairs with freedom and progress – both in the individual and the body politic – by revealing the slow process of sharing and living with difference. The stutter is the potential and the struggle; the nexus that gives breath to an active rearrangement of life and love.

stutter | a group exhibition

co-organized by iris yirei hu


Aatchim crafts a visual form of writing borrowed from the literary diction in Essayism. To gratify her agonizing yearn for crafting intangible “coincidences” as her core medium, she vigorously, yet steadily, executes multimedia craft, such as mosaics, ceramics, drawing, fresco, and printmaking, as proxies. In her artist talk performance with dubbing and ventriloquism, she illogically recounts the relationship between the artist and his/her work, provoking queries about authorship, disembodiment, and the sincerity of voice. She received her BFA in Studio Art from New York University, MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University in the City of New York and attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2017. Currently, she is working on her never-ending manuscript, Four (of) Mattresses Stacked on Misery.

Matt Austin is an artist based in Chicago, IL. He publishes books through Candor Arts and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Born and raised in New York City, Sonia Louise Davis works across installation, writing and performance. Residencies and fellowships include the Laundromat Project, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and ACRE. She is a grantee of the Puffin Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Emergency Grant). In September 2016 her large-scale collaborative performance “shake the stars with your song” premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This past spring her writing was published in “Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.” An honors graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, African American Studies, 2010) and an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2015-2016), Sonia lives and works in Harlem.

Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and director of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archiving initiative. In addition to her contributions to Sixty, her writings and interviews have been published in Support Networks: Chicago Social Practice History Series, Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual, Unfurling: Explorations In Art, Activism and Archiving, and the upcoming Into the City: A History of Chicago Art. Her writing has also been published in catalogues with Prospect New Orleans, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Broad Museum (Lansing), on Artslant, as well as various artist monographs.

Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). BOMB says: “[Buck Studies] remaps the 20th century in a project that is both lyrical and epic, personal and historical.” Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former high school public school teacher from East Palo Alto, CA. She is on the faculty of the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts and also works full-time as a social studies curriculum developer for New York public schools. She has exhibited her work at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ICA-Philadelphia (forthcoming), Printed Matter (forthcoming), Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Project Row Houses, the Luminary, Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others. Recently shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, she is the recipient of several other awards and honors including the Harpo Foundation Grant, Magnum Foundation Grant, Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Residency, Triple Canopy Commission at New York Public Library Labs, Artadia Grant, Art Matters Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, among others. She has participated in readings and performances at Housing Works, Cave Canem, Red Bull Arts New York, among others.

Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of video installations, photographs, and collage. Woods practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is  emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body. She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California initiative, The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer. Woods has served as Visiting Faculty in the CalArts Photography & Media Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art Program, and has mentored fellows and organized lectures with at land’s edge, a platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action in Los Angeles.