Oct 1-7th 2020
Featured Artists: Chris Gardiner, Dalia Hassan, Dorota Dziong, Felicia Cirstea, Franziska Barczyk, Hamid Mohammadi, Jill Price, Jihun Lee, Linds Miyo
Beginning in October of 2019, the Akin Studio artist residency entered its second year of successfully hosting a number of artists working across a wide range of disciplines. Hit by the material realities of COVID 19 like all other art organizations and institutional facilities, AKIN and the artists who remained at 158 Sterling Rd. needed to take new measures to not only remain safe while working in the studios and forge forward with their creative practice, but also needed to devise different ways of measuring productivity and success while coexisting and working with others as exhibition opportunities, teaching engagements and curatorial projects were all placed on hold. As seen by the work, the ever shifting parameters of a global pandemic resulted in some artists turning inwards, others turning to the empty streets for inspiration and some just needing to find meaning in play. Whether surreal or abstract, figurative or architectural, each artist has either intentionally or subconsciously captured different aspects of what it means to live in a time where everything we once took for granted has drastically changed or been unmade due to the dangerous realities of the once unreal.