This joint exhibition extends from the practice of two artists based in Chicago, Jon Veal and Jordan Campbell, who together have been using art as a tool for neighborhood revitalization under their non- profit, alt_ (pronounced 'alt space').
In Observance of Bedlam is an investigation, a safe space, and a chaotic crash into the tensions surrounding race within our communities. Based on community-led conversations in Davenport Iowa in 2021, Observance of Bedlam centers the complexity and duality of what we acknowledge as 2020 while at the same time offering a space of decompression and healing.
About the Artists
Jordan Campbell is a documentary photographer and educator whose practice is based in the advocacy of political and economic transformation within marginalized communities. A former teacher at Austin Career Academy in Chicago, Campbell uses his camera as a tool to give a voice to the people in need as well as a platform to archive and preserve history of people and spaces alike by working with organizations such as: Precious Blood Ministry Reconciliation, Elevated Garden, Rebuild Foundation, Hope World Wide, Pacific Garden Mission and Breathing Room Space. Campbell was the 2018 Artist in Residence at Sweet Water Foundation and Teaching Artist for the ‘Chalet' program with University of Chicago's Smart Museum in collaboration with Chicago Housing Authority.
Jon Veal has forged a transdisciplinary practice that utilizes installation, writing, painting, drawing, and performance that is rooted in the West Side, Chicago. Primarily focused on the capacity of symbolic gesture as a strategic tool; Veal uses his artistic agency as a platform for social engagement and discourse. Veal has exhibited and performed at Chicago Artist Department, Silent Funny, William Hill Gallery, Homewood Science Center, Chicago Cultural Ball, and the Terrain Biennial. Veal holds the honor of being the first African American Artist in Residence at Oak Park Public Library. In 2019 Jon also held the Field/Work Artist in Residence at Chicago Artist Coalition. In 2020 he became a recipient of the 3 Arts "Make A Wave" grant. In 2021 Veal was invited to join the Resource Global Chicago Cohort in addition to being the 2021 Latham Fellow at IIT institute of Design.