Closing reception — Jillian Hansen-Lewis: Just Desserts

@ Hume

Saturday, November 18

Please Join us Saturday the 18th for the closing reception for Just Desserts.

Featuring readings and performances by:


Pastry provided by LOBA PASTRY + COFFEE

Libations and small bites will be served at 1:00. Performances begin at 2:00.

Come listen to others people’s feeling and eat yours.

Just Desserts focuses on women’s relationship to power, hunger, love through frosting and begs the question; can cake make everything better? The photographs feature brightly colored cakes documented in sexually significant locations. The cakes serve as monuments that celebrate both the good and bad aspects of relationships with blunt humor. Additionally, Jillian will be releasing a zine comprised of photos of food, screenshots of texts, and poems, dealing with the underlying violence of pleasure and maybe even pleasure of violence.

About the artists:

HANNAH GAMBLE is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast (Fence Books, 2012), selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series. She has performed her work at the Pitchfork music festival, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Chicago MCA. In 2014, Gamble was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

JESSE MALMED is an artist and curator living and working in Chicago. His work in moving images, performance, text and occasional objects has exhibited widely in museums, cinemas, galleries, bars and barns, including recent solo presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, D Gallery, Syntax Season, Cinema Contra, Microlights, Echo Park Film Center, Lease Agreement and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. His platformist and curatorial projects include the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, instigating Western Pole, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and organizing exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. His writing has appeared on and in Bad at Sports, Cine-File, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, Temporary Art Review, Big Big Wednesday and YA5. A native of Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named a "2014 Breakout Artist" by Newcity and has attended residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow, Summer Forum, the Chicago Cultural Center and Links Hall. He is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches in the Chicago Public Schools through CAPE.

JARED BROWN is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. Their work constructs a mythology around their origins and archives their existence as a black celestial being. In recent work, Jared Brown is broadcasting audio and text based work through the radio, in live DJ sets, and on social media. Jared Brown is a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah's description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, Jared Brown makes archeological digs for fragments of black American subculture, history and technology. They repurpose these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital, immaterial space. Jared Brown is interested in exposing the contradictions and complexity within black American subculture. They consider these gaps and slippages as a type of code that holds the key to a personal and collective future. Jared Brown holds a BFA in video from the Maryland Institute College of Art and moved back to Chicago in 2016 in order to make and share work that directly relates to their personal history.

HANNA M OWENS is an artist and writer based in Chicago. Her interdisciplinary projects have been exhibited at Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, RAIZVANGUARDA Cultural Association, Góis Portugal, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and in festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, MIX NYC Film Festival, and Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival. Her work is published in Selfish Magazine, JERKPOET Poetry Digest, Be About It Zine, and on The Present Tense, The Jogging, and Internet Poetry. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has been clean from drugs and alcohol since November 1, 2005.

FELIZ LUCIA MOLINA was born & raised to Filipino immigrants in Los Angeles. Her books and chapbook include Undercastle, The Wes Letters, and Crystal Marys. A generative long poem, Roulette, is forthcoming from Make Now Books in 2018. She is currently a candidate in the School for Social Work Administration at University of Chicago and can be found at

Emily Hutchings is a sculptor, poet, performance and comics artist based in Chicago, IL. Her current practice is concerned with absence and the converse presence that comes from that distinction; the membrane between hallucination and observation; the surface and its connection to a core. She has participated in various group shows, performative readings and comics festivals in Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York. Her poetry and comics work has been included in a variety of anthologies in Chicago and her book, "Boring Comics” was listed in the Notable Comics section of The Best American Comics 2016.

JILLIAN HANSEN-LEWIS is an artist living and working in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jillian’s work focuses on the preservation of personal narratives through photography and text.

About the space:

Hume Chicago is an artist-led, volunteer-run project space focused on creating space for, providing resources to, and elevating other emerging & traditionally underrepresented artists. Hume aims to serve the Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities through dynamic, accessible arts programming. We strive to foster an inclusive, creative environment in which emerging Chicago artists and their neighbors can commune and engage.

Hume maintains an open call for month-long exhibitions, workshops, and other creative projects proposed by emerging artists traditionally underrepresented in commercial galleries.

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