is a contemporary art gallery/curatorial umbrella founded in 2022, with an office space (Annex/Cointelpro) in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, and a vitrine (Hole) in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. The gallery's program focuses around allowing artists opportunities to present ambitious and challenging work in a site-responsive and collaborative manner, alongside exhibition-specific ephemera.

Directed by Milo Christie and Sam Dybeck.
olivier, Craig Jun Li

August 25th, 2023 - September 24th, 2023

olivier is a queer research-based artist+writer temporarily based in Chicago. Focusing their practice in ephemerality in archival theory, queer theory and drawings, they have lectured, performed, published, curated and exhibited in artist-run spaces, libraries, galleries and institutions in London, Hong Kong, New England, New York City, and Chicago. They are the founder of an institutional critique project, The Museum (2016-2022), and a speculative UFO archive project, The UFO Lobby (2021-). As the recipient of the Graduate Fellow Award and the ​​New Artist Society Scholarship, they were also the first artist in residence at the Joanne Waxman Library with their site-specific piece UFO Citing: A tribute to Lynn E. Catoe in the stacks. olivier holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Maine College of Art, and attended Academy of Visual Arts (HKBU). For the past ten years, their time-machine has been stuck in this dimension. So it goes. 

Craig Jun Li is a New York-based artist. Li’s research-driven practice examines the effects of absence in material and image circulation. Projects often utlize ephemeral and perishable materials as components in display systems that re-frame pre-existing structures. Li is a current MFA candidate at Hunter College.

Press Release
1) Fingers in between sheets of texts; I was judging each of them.

2) Now that I have put it into words: the most ridiculous attempt to make things tangible. I have lost all of my feelings (for you). The purest form.

3) I too want to be so minimal and wordless, projected onto a white wall, so pale.

4) I lost the meaning; I must have dropped it somewhere when I was sketching excuses to fit into two rectangles.

5) It’s not debatable for the fact that the object demands to be written, like the next one.

6) So it inhabits,

7) In this space as a thing with meaning someone (violently) offered up.

8) If you buried something in my walls, someone else will (kindly) read it over to me.

9) Harbinger!

10) We shall see through breaks and breaks.

-- olivier, 2023