Of This Place, Or Thereabouts: Work by Robert Chase Heishman & Megan Schvaneveldt

Of This Place, Or Thereabouts is an exhibition of collaborative and individual works by Robert Chase Heishman and Megan Schvaneveldt. Their colorful and elaborate lo-fi video works explore how technology can be utilized in examining meanings of place, as well as how information is perceived and processed. Like multiple active tabs on an internet browser, their videos function as a picture plane containing simultaneously existing activities. By replacing touch screens with mirrors and crossfades with mini blinds, screen space is actualized through the use of cheap tricks and sleight of hand.


Robert Chase Heishman is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. His artwork utilizes photography, video, and sculpture in exploring self-referentiality, peripheral vision, flatness, and digital affect. Heishman completed his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at Northwestern University. In addition to creating original décor for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s production Split-Sides, and providing artwork for Icelandic band Sigur Rós’ album, BA BA TI KI DI DO, he has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center; Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago, IL; Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Block Museum, Evanston, IL; and DOCUMENT gallery in the 2012 MDW Fair, Chicago, IL.

Megan Schvaneveldt is a visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work revolves around concepts of balance and compromise. She seeks to literalize the complications experienced both visually and structurally when disparate elements are brought together. Schvaneveldt received a BA in Studio Art at Wheaton College and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Her work has been shown at Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum, Cincinnati, OH; the University of Cincinnati’s Meyers Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; the Block Museum, Evanston, IL; DOCUMENT gallery at the MDW Fair, Chicago, IL; Benedictine University, Lisle, IL; and the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON.