Sticks & Tape. Artist Faheem Majeed works with Lab
"Windows?" "A door!" "CHIMNEY!" N3 students are throwing out answers to Kistenbroker family artist-in-residence Faheem Majeed's question "What parts make up a house?"
Majeed spent fall quarter working with students across Lab in participatory building exercises entitled Sticks & Tape. The students take long pieces of wood (already covered in colorful tape by other Lab students collaborating with Majeed) and work together to intuitively build and design temporary sculptures that reference architecture, painting, and line drawings. These works reflect Majeed's own sculptural work, some of which was on display in the Corvus Gallery. As an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator he creates art that focuses on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue.
The culmination of Majeed's residency brought together Lab's diverse community on December 10 to engage around the work he as been doing with Lab students of all ages.
Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2005–11, Majeed served as executive director and curator for the South Side Community Art Center. From 2013–15, he served as the associate director and faculty of UIC's School of Art and Art History. Majeed has been an artist-in-residence for University of Chicago's Arts in Public Life Initiative, MANA Contemporary Chicago, and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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