“Mapping Empty Spaces” takes a modern look at immigrants’ stories both past and present. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s own archives and “A Dream of America” permanent exhibit, “Mapping Empty Spaces” marks Swedish artist Peter Hammar’s first solo presentation in Chicago. In his debut, Hammar reexamines—with a twist—some universal questions about past and present, loss and gain, absence, selective memory, myths and popular Swedish culture through his mixed media pieces and installations.
Exhibit Opening: Friday, March 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Gallery Walk: Saturday, March 8, noon
Family Night: Friday, March 14, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Start with Art: Friday, March 28, 9 a.m. – noon
Exhibit Closing: Sunday, June 15, 4 p.m.
More about the exhibit and artist:
The exhibition’s title, “Mapping Empty Spaces,” refers to a dictum posed by Polish-American philosopher and semanticist Alfred Korzybski that “the map is not the territory.” What Korzybski is getting at is the concept that an abstraction, such as a map, though derived from reality is not the reality itself. It is impossible to visualize or generalize a journey as the results and experiences are infinite. Swedish-born artist Peter Hammar believes that his mixed-media sculptures and suggestive installations will speak both to permanence and to the fleeting moment as experienced through distortions of time. Born and raised in Stockholm, he has developed concepts that reflect a contemporary perspective on the immigrant experience.
Hammar has a master of fine arts degree from Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived and worked for over a decade. A recent honorable mention recipient of the Miami New Times MasterMind Award, Hammar also has an arts degree from Beckman’s School of Design in Stockholm. The artist won last year’s grand prize at the Art Takes Miami contest and was granted a solo exhibition in the Scope Art Fair during Basel. Hammar will attend both the Exhibit Opening and Gallery Walk.