“I think a lot about accessibility and how this work can potentially open up the day for the people walking by in a way that they aren’t expecting,” says Erik L. Peterson. We’re standing in front of “The Oasis,” his site-specific installation in the garden of The Arts Club of Chicago. As the buzz of early morning rush hour swirls around us, Peterson calmly pulls two pairs of headlamps out of his coat pocket. We both don the gear, and the lights beam toward the pair of large aluminum surfaces in front of us. One a deep blue and the other a hot yellow, their reflective facades meet our gaze with a flare of twisted rainbows. [Read more…]
Frank Gehry said that “architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” [Read more…]
The Glass Curtain Gallery is a fitting venue for an exhibition about vacancy and regeneration. Its South Loop neighborhood is on the verge of a residential boom, while the nearby West Loop has been transitioning from a meatpacking district to a trendy area to live and dine.
Claire Pentecost’s new site-specific installation titled “the force that through the fossil drives utopia drives my greased age” is a peculiar hybrid: a rectified readymade and a political allegory. As a genre it is nonsensical, but as an individual work of art it is not too bad. [Read more…]
By Mariam Al Askari
“Guglielmo Marconi said every sound we ever make is still out there. Once generated, it fades but never dies away completely.” This idea not only encapsulates the work by Susan Philipsz for which it was written—the work features sounds of dripping water and underwater beacons—but also the 2015 Istanbul Biennial as a whole, which features countless artists and other collaborators, several of which hail from Chicago. [Read more…]