Chicago artist Selina Trepp presents a new site-specific work at Comfort Station entitled Waiting for the Train. Responding directly to the history of the Comfort Station as a turn of the century building designed specifically as a comfortable place for Logan Square residents to wait for trolley cars, Trepp creates a multimedia installation that returns the space to this initial state of waiting. A video projection leaves a series of subtle animations throughout the space that represent the traces of past visitors who have passed through the Comfort Station: a name scratched into a bench, a tag here or there, an occasional drawing, or a forgotten book of matches… When the waiting room is active, it is a suspended space; it contains people who are still, yet in transition. The waiting room is Limbo. A single object, tucked away in the back room of the Comfort Station, acts, perhaps as a stand-in for these waiting, transitory figures.
Waiting for the Train will be viewable every Friday in September from 6-10pm, as well as before, during, or after select Comfort Station events, and by appointment.
Selina Trepp (Swiss/American, b.1973, in Zurich, Switzerland) is an artist whose work explores economy and improvisation. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is the goal,living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result. Growing up in a commune in a conservative small town in Switzerland taught her that there is strength in the position of the outsider. “If in doubt be radical” is the best advice she ever got.
In addition to her studio based artistic output she performs as one half of the duo Spectralina, an audiovisual collaboration with her husband Dan Bitney. Selina Trepp’s work has been exhibited widely internationally and has received several awards and honors including the Swiss Art Award and the Illinois Arts council Fellowship.