Blood Moons: Work by Madsen Minax and Macon Reed

With Sophie Bjorkquist "Empirical Impressions" in the Milwaukee Ave. Window Gallery

Madsen Minax makes art works about giving consensual black eyes; communing with ghosts; falling in love at the wrong time; watching 5 televisions at the same time; cosmic collisions; growing up and transforming. He harnesses his experiences in and through queer and trans communities and the subcultures of BDSM and sex work to make projects that pick at the scabs of “belonging.” His work in Blood Moons explores post-industrial sites, space/time travel, ghost/human romance, and desire as resistance.

Macon Reed makes art about the things we cannot see, what it means to belong, the limitations of optimism, healing/ trauma and transcendence/ sacrifice. She uses her work to expand the feminine spectrum and challenge the ghettoization of the feminine in queer communities. Her work in Blood Moons draws from her own psychic projections to a time before our spiritual imaginations were colonized by androcentric origin stories, an inevitably failed attempt at time travel.


Madsen Minax was born and raised in rural Northern Michigan and has called Chicago a home base for the last 13 years. Madsen received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, an MFA from Northwestern University in 2012, was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 2012-14, and a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014.  Hiz works have screened and exhibited at spaces including Lincoln Center (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Public Library of Amsterdam, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, The British Film Institute, REDCAT, and DiverseWorks, Houston. Madsen’s Films have aired on PBS (2013), CBC (Canada) (2009) and FreeSpeech TV (2012).

Macon Reed holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has shown throughout the US and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Gallery 400 and the Chicago CulturalCenter; The Kitchen, ABC No Rio, and Wayfarer’s Gallery in New York; The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin,TX; Plant Zero in Richmond, VA, and The Dah Theater Research Center in Belgrade, Serbia.