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Open Toponym

  • High Tide 1850 North Hope Street _ Apt 14A, 19122 (map)

Kat Chamberlin, Kelly Dzioba, and Esther Ruiz


When you step out and look through the grid of city lights at the moon, what do you feel? You are a dot on a dot, forever rotating. The big white globe shines back at you. It is its own entity, and so are you. Can you perceive the craters on its reverse side? Cartographer Kira Shingareva gave these craters a place in space. She wanted to name them after artists and poets but compromised with the Soviet Union to name them after scientists and engineers instead. There are places that are never seen by the human eye, always just out of sight. Out of site. By naming the craters, did Shingareva bring them into existence? Is she gone, or is she mapped onto their surfaces?

The systems that help us organize and discover hidden places take on forms of their own. The artists in Open Toponym explore these forms, reaching beyond what we see to map the far side. They deconstruct and reconfigure to explore self, space, and sound. They ask the viewer to reevaluate the space they inhabit and manipulate. They embrace the mystery of the final form. They chase the orbiting dot.


Born in the Netherlands and raised in Turkey, KAT CHAMBERLIN is a Brooklyn-Based artist whose work centers on fictions that fill vacuums of historic knowledge, such as legends, conspiracies across drawing, sculpture, installation and video. Her current series of drawings are based on language creation. Geometric forms protrude from a landscape by means of erasure. The method of removal by erasure speaks to an existing absence and a survivalist need to articulate from a flat graphite void. Mythologies are often born in the absence of evidence, producing ritualistic glyphs.

KELLY DZIOBA is a Philadelphia based artist who creates recursive textiles and objects inspired by the structure, tactile experience, and visual language of textiles. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally at Allens Lane Art Center, the Ice Box Project Space at Crane Arts, the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, MA as well as the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea. A graduate of the University of the Arts Craft + Material Studies Program in Fibers/ Textiles, Kelly is the recipient of the William Daley Fellowship and the Peters Valley School of Craft Artist Fellowship.

ESTHER RUIZ was born in Houston, Texas, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Rhodes College in 2011. She has shown nationally and internationally at various galleries including solo exhibitions at The Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, yours mine & ours in New York, New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Platform Baltimore. She has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions including Deslave, LVL3, Jacob’s LA, New Release Gallery, and Hollis Taggart. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Art News Magazine, Art F City and VICE. She was also a visiting lecturer at School of Visual Arts, New York, New York, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Santa Barbra City College among others.

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