6PM - 9PM
The Milk Factory presents:
Saturday, July 20th 6pm - 9pm
907 N. Winchester Ave. Rear Apt.
(enter though the red gate)
Chicago, IL 60622
Exhibition dates July 14 - July 27, 2013
gallery hours: by appointment only
Other Worlds brings together four artists dealing with nature and an ever-changing idea of Place. Landscape as a cultural creation, Utopia as a useful myth, contemporary ecological sciences, and sublimity are conflicting topics that arise when Nature is the focus, but are beautifully balanced in this show.
Michael Endo’s paintings posit a vision of a society that is either pre-technological or postapocalyptic. Endo suggests that life off the grid might be less than utopic.
Taking a slightly different approach, Kendra Larson depicts the childlike wonderment experienced in wild places. Closely tied to the 19th century Romanticism of painters like Caspar David Friedrich, Larson’s paintings explore the belief that the sublime can be experienced directly and viscerally through solitude in nature.
Emily Nachison is concerned with the intersection of art and science / culture and nature. Nachison’s sculptures and installations are a hybrid of synthetic and natural accumulation, drawing from anthropology, geology, and the decorative arts. Her process mimics organic growth and geological sediment, resulting in experiential installations using a variety of materials including fabric, glass, and wood. Mythology and New-Age idealism become starting points for an investigation into the cultural creation of landscape.
Lauren Payne’s desire to connect with nature is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in hopes of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences. Her work aims to illuminate a new understanding of the metaphysical through photography, video and daily performances.
Side by side, the works in Other Worlds contribute to current ecological conversations and highlight the complexity behind notions of Place.