HungryMan Gallery Chicago presents, Ruins, an exhibition of works by Daniel G. Baird and paintings by Russell Leng. Ruins examines the artist’s practice as an exploration of civilization. Through expedition and inquiry, man has long studied the world around him and the worlds that came before him. Creating a context for the present and a vision for the future has always been a preoccupation of mankind. Through these journeys, artifacts are discovered and stories are told. Oftentimes these stories tell of the destruction of past cultures and the undeniable desolation of mankind in an ever expanding universe.
The resulting body of work reflects both past destruction and future possibilities through the act of discovery. Baird creates sculpture based on scientific history that invokes a somewhat child-like application. He uses video to reflect the inherent juxtaposition of destruction and hope in man’s ongoing exploration of the world around him. Leng employs the materiality of paint to create relics from an imagined landscape. These glimpses into future environments aim to confront the viewer’s perception and their understanding