Meet a Lab Assistant: Karolis Usonis

Karolis circa 1998 

Karolis circa 1998 

How long have you been a lab assistant at Latitude and what is your role?
I’ve been a lab assistant since August of 2016 and help the lab run smoothly and efficiently.

What do you enjoy most about working at Latitude?
Helping individuals with the minute details of digital workflow and inkjet print quality control.

Tell us a little bit about your art and projects you are currently focusing on.
I was born in Lithuania, grew up in a quiet beach town, and emigrated to Chicago’s suburbs as a preteen. I’ve loved critical theory since high school and have (unknowingly) been researching the idea of experienced/-ing memory for a while. Having teachers and mentors with whom I could talk through abstract ideas has helped tremendously, and since I began working with Latitude, I’ve become increasingly interested in probing the intersection of performance, language, and affect.

What does “being creative” mean to you?
Reading and thinking of experience(s) in the narrative third person.

What is the title of the last book you read?
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer. Currently reading Mapping Lithuanian Photography: Histories and Archives--it has “maps.”

What type of music are you currently listening to?
An eclectic mix. For example, my top Tinder artists include Johnick, Missy Elliott, Devendra Banhart, HNNY, and Eli Escobar.

What artist is currently inspiring you?
Did you say artists? Claudia Weber and Uta Barth.

Take a look at Karolis's website : https://kusonis.com