The Future is Breath

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This project will only be funded if $6,000 is contributed to 3Arts by May 31, 2023, 11:59PM
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STRETCH GOAL! I'm so grateful for each one of you who has contributed and shared my project! With time left before the deadline, I hope to reach a new goal of $10,000. The additional funds will go towards the costs of building the soundscape for the show, including the talent and engineer. Thank you for your support! With this new and immersive art installation, I am celebrating the enormous vision of Speculative Fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler. Just as Octavia used writing to be able to see herself, her legacy in doing so has allowed so many brown faced girls the ability to see themselves in future spaces. She did this for me, and so, I am inviting you along to walk through and experience some of her worlds.

About This Project

I first read the novel Kindred in college. Here was a young, bright Black woman, an early career writer, who, in my imagination looked like me. She was me. Well, at least until she started time travelling. Octavia Butler allowed me into a world of fantasy and possibility and wonder which has always remained.

In 2018, with my solo show, SO BE IT. SEE TO IT, I visually retold seven of Butler’s novels through the medium of collage. The exhibition was first mounted as part of the Hotel Pfister’s Residency Program in Milwaukee and then at Hampshire College when Parable of the Sower was the campus read. I thought that I was finished with Octavia after that show, but clearly, Octavia was not finished with me.

This fall, I was offered a showing in the Kanter Gallery at the Hyde Park Art Center. But what would it be? As the entanglements of our lived world played out over a pandemic, over civil and social unrest, discord, and questionable politics, we all engaged in conversations of fairness, of leadership, of democracy, of food deserts, of inequalities, of “otherness.” Kinda like an Octavia Butler novel. So, there--she pulled me back in!

This exhibition, entitled The Alien-Nation and Sovereign States of Octavia E. Butler, will combine the imagined worlds of Butler’s Xenogenesis series and her Parables series along with my visual imagination. It will open to a diverse audience on November 3, 2023 and be on view until March 13, 2024 at the Hyde Park Art Center.

The installation will include film, sculptural elements, printmaking, collage, and a reading corner. It will ask you to question, it will offer you beauty, it will ask you to step inside of your own imagination. Step into The Future is Breath.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $20
    Social media shoutout, plus a “welcome to the chlee club” (an exclusive group of chlee art supporters who get advance chlee art information). ($20.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50
    A signed “Octaviascape” notecard (suitable for framing!), plus social media shoutout and “welcome to the chlee club.” ($34.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    A lined, 8” x 8” journal with “Octaviascape” on the cover (120 pp, signed and numbered, limited edition of 50), plus your name listed in the legend, “welcome to the chlee club,” and social media shoutout. ($50.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250
    Above, plus opportunity to list up to two names of your choosing in the “Octaviascape” limited edition journal. ($185.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Exclusive invitation to an artist-guided walk-through of the exhibit and up to 3 friends, followed by tea service in Candace’s studio, plus the limited-edition journal, “welcome to the chlee club,” and social media shout-out. ($350.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000
    Exclusive invitation to the final dinner, “The Future is Breath,” held at the Hyde Park Art Center (early December, five spaces available), plus the limited-edition journal, “welcome to the chlee club,” and social media shout out. ($850.00 is tax deductible.)

Candace Hunter

Chandler Family Awardee

Candace Hunter (chlee) creates collage, paintings, installations and performance art. She tells stories. Through the use of appropriated materials from magazines, vintage maps, cloth, various re-used materials, she offers the new landscape of materials  back to the viewer with a …

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