Shane Huffman is swimming to the moon. If ignorance of the laws of nature is the basis of superstition, there’s an element of deliberate superstition in Huffman’s willful revision of cosmic order. Huffman reinvests interplanetary space, drained of mystery by the imposed order of cosmological description, with something “extra and other.” Superstition is precisely what makes space habitable: remove stories and legends, banish all ghosts, and the resulting sterilized space lacks memory, history, and distinction. His art investigates the individual as a participator in cosmic order rather than mere observer and parasite. Using photography as an investigative process that works with three core phenomena, light, space-time and movement, which can be more accurately thought of as a single, unified phenomena, lightmotionspace, he creates experiments with the materials of photography that exist somewhere between lab work and alchemical sorcery.
Bill Jenkins is an artist born in California in 1981 and based in New York City. Jenkins received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003 and a MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007. Jenkins recent projects treat light as a portable resource and redistribute it within exhibition spaces. These installations have been most recently implemented at Stereo in Warsaw, Poland, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon, and as a collaboration with Chadwick Rantanen at Thibault & Sunder in Los Angeles. The next installation will open February 11, 2017 at Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University Bakersfield. Other solo shows involving both light and discrete sculptural works have been held at Laurel Gitlen and Feature Inc. in New York. Jenkins’ work has been included in group shows at Feature Inc., James Cohan, Sekkima Jenkins & Co., and White Columns in New York, and Yvon Lambert in Paris. Reviews of Jenkins’ work have been published in Artforum and artforum.com, artinamericamagazine.com, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, The New Yorker and the San Francisco Bay Guardian among other sources. Jenkins is a 2015 Artadia Award winner in New York.
Nazafarin Lotfi is a visual artist and educator based in Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her BA from the University of Tehran in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Poiesis at Fernwey Gallery, Chicago; White Light at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Love at Last Sight at Brand New Gallery, Milan; Circles at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago. Recent group shows include: The Particular Poetics of Things at Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL; Welcome to the End, Franklin Space, Chicago, IL; Resonant Objects at Logan Center Exhibitions and Arts Incubator, Chicago; Century Safe, Roman Suzan Gallery, Chicago; Works on Floor, Heaven Gallery, Chicago among others. In 2015-2016, Lotfi was awarded an artist residency at the Department of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. She currently teaches at Harold Washington College and College of DuPage.
Nick Raffel lives in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Sessile curated by Josh Minkus at Clifford Gallery, Colgate University; Nick Bastis and Nick Raffel at JOAN, Los Angeles; Pied-a-terre, San Francisco.