Mossy Cloak
Roots & Culture
February 6 - March 7, 2015


Mossy Cloak
Roots & Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
February 6 - March 7, 2015

Samantha Bittman
Drew Broderick
Liz Ensz
Kiam Marcelo Junio
Laura Hart Newlon
Timothy McMullen

Mossy Cloak brings together six artists who use camouflage as a visual and conceptual material. Camouflage is a tool. It hijacks ingrained ways of perceiving to operate within, under and through them. Organized by Third Object, Mossy Cloak presents work in photography, painting, sound and sculpture. It examines the layered vocabularies of camouflage, exploring its role as a visual surface patterning and a metaphor for social and historical concealment.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication that further examines the topic with contributions by Rashayla Marie Brown, Liz Ensz, Noah Gapsis, Kelly Lloyd, Timothy McMullen, Curtis Miller, Eline Mul and Third Object.

Samantha Bittman lives and works in Chicago, IL. Bittman received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include Number Cruncher at Longhouse Projects, New York, and Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, Mexico City, and Chicago. She is included in numerous private and public collections.

Drew Broderick lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with degrees in Biology and Studio Art. Broderick currently runs SPF Projects, a venue for contemporary art in Honolulu.

Liz Ensz was born in Minnesota to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers, and curators of cast-offs. She received her BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ensz is a founding collective member of The Visitor Center Artist Camp, a DIY arts testing ground in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Kiam Marcelo Junio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist creating work through various media, including but not limited to, photography, video, performance (blending butoh, drag and burlesque), sculpture, installation and culinary arts. Their research and art practice centers around queer identities, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, post/colonialist Asian American tropes and stereotypes, military power dynamics, the politics of personal agency, and social justice through collaborative practices and healing modalities. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy. They were born in the Philippines, and have lived in the US, Japan and Spain.

Tim McMullen is a Chicago resident. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. His site specific installations, paintings and drawings explore the intersection between the fabricated space of painting and the real world site that serves as inspiration. In 2013, he was an artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck Michigan. McMullen has exhibited his work at Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago; Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago; and numerous solo and group shows in Los Angeles.

Laura Hart Newlon is a Seattle-based artist working with (and among) objects, images and the residue of contemporary culture. Newlon has recently exhibited at Studio 424, Chicago; the Baltimore Alternative Art Fair, Baltimore; LVL3, Chicago; Johalla Projects, Chicago; and ADDS DONNA, Chicago. Formerly a cultural anthropologist, Newlon received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.

Generously supported by a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and a sponsorship from

Photos: RCH | EKH