Works Sited presents


Words in sequins like a sin with no nym; the void and the ‘noid (The Gorgeous Georges Perect and Brech playing dominos at the converted Sunglass Pizza, a volume slim and shaded, like money for nothing, like the schticks of the free, like being still moving, like where things that aren’t alive live, maybe not the shards but what they reflect


as part of NADA Chicago Invitational, 2020


↝ Tamara Becerra Valdez 
↝ Max Guy 
↝ Sarabeth Dunton 
↝ Alberto Aguilar 
↝ Hope Esser 
↝ Michael Paul Lopez 

Fragments begging the answers and seeking the questions of where art lives just before and after the exhibition. A series of the hard and shard works that resist the tautness of narrative over a stranger sense of time, a group of places for the tense we're calling the new now, just before and after the not now. 

Guest curated by Jesse Malmed 


Works Sited
2439 South Oakley Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608



Alberto Aguilar — Break Up (Chicago/ Havana)

sign paint on butcher paper, 2019


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Alberto Aguilar 
Break Up (Chicago / Havana)
Sign paint on butcher paper
48 x 27 in.

Hope Esser
42 x 47 in.

Michael Lopez
Heavenly Creatures
Class of 1984
The Substitute

Wood, leather, vinyl, fabric, acrylic
40 x 10 x 2 in.

Tamara Becerra Valdez 

A Decade Faded (Juana)
handmade paper from cotton and paper waste embedded with wildflower seeds

truck door
48 x 48 x 3 in.

brake light 
20 x 20 x 6 in.

front wheel cover
30 x 30 x 3 in.

Upon purchase, collector assumes the responsibility of planting sculptures to propagate and disseminate wildflower seeds, thus completing the work.

Max Guy
My Yokai Shrine

My White Voice(Carrot Top Bootleg#2) 
Collage on cardboard, Estwing Sportsman Axe, Shure Microphone, zip-tie
24 x 12 x 10 in.

Kappa Mask
11 in x 8.5 in x 2 in. 

Tengu Mask
Collage and ink on paper
11 x 8.5 x 4 in.

Sarabeth Dunton
The Eyes Have It

pencil on paper
8 x 10 in.

The Eyes Have It
hand-embossed paper
22 x 30 in.

Kneed, Need, Knead
graphite and colored pencil on paper,
9 x 7 in.

some need 
colored pencil and collage on paper
8.5 x 11 in.

Fall from Grace
colored pencil on toned paper
15 x 19 in.


Alberto Aguilar is a _______-based artist born in _______, __. He has exhibited his artwork at various museums including the ________ Museum of _______ Art, Museum of ___________ Art _______, ___________ Institute of Art, The _______ _______ Museum of ________ Art and The Art _________ of _______. In his work he uses a straightforward visual language to connect with the viewer but purposefully voids out information as a way to create intrigue.

Hope Esser (she/her, b. 1984, New York, NY) is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist working in performance, garment, sculpture, and video. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History cum laude from Oberlin College (2007) and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. She has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association, ACRE, Hatch Projects, the Watermill Center, and Ox-Bow, where she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Scholarship. She has performed, screened, and exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN), the Watermill Center (Long Island, NY), Gallery 400 (Chicago, IL), Roots and Culture (Chicago, IL), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Links Hall (Chicago, IL), the Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL), ExGirlfriend (Berlin, Germany), and La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City, MO), among others. Esser is an Associate Professor, Adj. in the Contemporary Practices and Performance Departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded an SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant in 2016, 2018, and 2020.

Michael Lopez is a public school educated, married, Chicago native whose interdisciplinary practice skirts around and sometimes focus directly on lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. I am magical and if you like or own the work I make it magically absolves you of all guilt and replaces it with a feeling perpetual authenticity and freedom.

Tamara Becerra Valdez (b. 1984, Corpus Christi, TX) is a visual artist based in Chicago, IL. Valdez's sculptural work is created through meticulous processes of casting, fabrication, and hand-made technique. Her relief and print work remark on preservation and the loss and degradation of our eroding environment. Valdez received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has participated as an artist and researcher in several national and international multi-disciplinary projects focused on ecology, place, and heritage, including Political Ecology: Platform Chicago and the Anthropocene Campus in Mississippi and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. She is a 2019 BOLT resident at Chicago Artists Coalition where she is currently exhibiting her solo exhibition, BUILD YOUR SELF

Max Guy is a multidisciplinary artist who works with paper, video, performance, assemblage and installation to explore existential and cosmopolitan ideas. He uses appropriated material and deskilled working methods as a fast, ergonomic way of reflecting the world and filtering it through personal affects. In the process, his work constitutes a personal mythology or parallel universe of sorts. Guy received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA from the Department of Art, Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Max has exhibited work at Prairie, The Back Room, and Bar 4000, Chicago; Moonmist, Houston; 321 Gallery, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; Federico Vavassori, Milan; Nudashank and Franklin Street, Baltimore; he has performed at Signal and Canada Gallery in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sector 2337, and Comfort Station. 

Sarabeth Dunton received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has been shown in New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, St. Louis, and internationally in Paros, Greece.  She has been awarded residency fellowships at Harold Arts, A-Z West, MassMoCA, and the Drugstore. In 2010 she was an Artist Inc. Fellow and from 2012-2016 she was a founding member of the alternative education program, RAD School, in Kansas City, MO.  She has exhibited in solo shows at Front/Space, Plug Projects, and G-CADD. Her work is included in the private collections of Polsinelli Law and Black & Veatch.