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Jonathan Korotko
Jonathan Korotko
December 2018

How do we inform ourselves about ourselves? Constructing a framework to think through the act of play, "Body Informers" is a presentation of investigating space and objects. Ultimately encouraging the act of coquettish synergy between body and item.

“Currently, I construct "domestic" objects, which for me act as embodied/anthropomorphic forms. I am interested in the self-reflective moments that happen in spaces such as a bedroom or bathroom, whether this be in front of a vanity set or a computer screen. I think of it as an act in understanding one's identity. I am curious about the mirror as a signifier in queer identity. Based on the idea of an awareness to one's visibility, or how one might identify. What happens, however, when access is removed or limited. Realizing one cannot find themselves in an area that felt familiar at one time, and what are the reasons for this rejection? Objects or areas that hold a comfort through memory, or contain some sort of support, embody the same visceral qualities of queer kinship for me. Through this rejection comes a queered support. I strive to allow for a restructuring of language through specific, individualized diasporic engagement with my work, as a way of contextualizing personal lexicographic understandings of queerness."

Jonathan Korotko was born on September 30th in the year 1992. He grew up in small towns of rural Wisconsin, resulting in his affinity for pick-up trucks, and the smell of dairy farms. He loved to explore at an early age and had a curiosity his mother would call “ruthless”. Always wanting to know, learn, and simply understand, question asking was his favorite sport. His imagination acted as the vehicle in the pursuit of obtaining and realizing knowledge. He entered an undergraduate degree at Carroll University in 2012 majoring in Fine Arts where creatively he could continue questioning concepts, theories, and histories relevant to his own identity. Within his undergraduate degree, print and bookmaking quickly became the articulation of his art practice. For him, the dissemination of knowledge via a book or within print conceptualized the thematics he was trying to grasp. Graduating in 2016, he knew there were many questions he still sought answers to. In the fall of 2017 he entered an MFA program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) within the Printmedia division.