Judy Natal

Future Perfect
Photographs, Video, sound, sculpture
By Judy Natal.
Opening October 21, 2011
Reception 5-9 pm

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219-21 South Morgan Street
Chicago Illinois, 60608


© Judy Natal 2011 Future Perfect


Judy Natal is an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago, and is the author of EarthWords published in 2004 and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A-Z, published in 2006.

Her photographs are in the permanent public collections of the California Museum of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others. Her work has been exhibited at Projects International and Photograph Gallery in New York City, the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C., and the Sao Paulo Biennal.
Natal has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Travel Grant, Illinois Arts Council Photography Fellowships and Polaroid Grants and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowships. She has also been awarded numerous artist residencies nationally and internationally, that have taken her to Iceland and Biosphere 2 for her work Future Perfect. Most recently, she had been in residence at the Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh working on Uncanny Valley, her current project where she contemplates Utopic, Dystopic. and Ecotopic environments.


With Peformance by Mind Over Mirrors


Mind Over Mirrors is the solitary reeling of American harmoniumist/electronicist Jaime Fennelly.  Known primarily as a founding member of transatlantic gothic junk folk expressionists Peeesseye, and psychedelic free jazz trio Acid Birds, Fennelly developed Mind Over Mirrors while living on a remote island in the Salish Sea of Washington State from 2007 – 2010.  Utilizing a custom made Indian pedal harmonium, oscillators, tape delays, and an assortment of synthesizing guitar pedals, Fennelly bends slowly-building, repetitive melodies into massive sonic mountains, that fits somewhere between American Primitive, Drone and Kosmische aural territory, and as XXJFG eulogized, sounds “like some drum-less-techno titan stalking the sand blasted bazaars of a near-future, eastern city.”In June 2011, Digitalis Recordings released the project’s debut vinyl LP entitled, The Voice Rolling, and Seattle-based cassette imprint, Gift Tapes, released the companion album, High & Upon. Fennelly recently completed a month long residency at AIR Antwerp, Belgium and his first set of European shows.


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