Apr 19th 2015

Nancy Lu Rosenheim: Swallow City

@ Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615

Opening Sunday, April 19th, from 3PM - 5PM

On view through Sunday, July 12th

In her solo exhibition Swallow City, Nancy Lu Rosenheim transforms Gallery 2 and the lobby of Hyde Park Art Center from April 12 until July 12 with a sensational new mixed-media installation.

Through the sculptures and drawings on view, Rosenheim examines nature’s ongoing influence on structural design and architectural beauty, underscoring the capacity for nature to flourish and reclaim built spaces.

The site specific installation disrupts the horizontality of the hallway gallery with looming helix forms swirling towards the ceiling to create a man-made forest for visitors to navigate. In the lobby, plastered pods of porous bulbs made from plastic Easter-egg containers and other found materials hang under the central staircase. Despite her use of playful and cartoonish color, Rosenheim’s installations are not whimsical; rather, they explore the capacity for nature to become an all-encompassing—even destructive—force through its ongoing negotiation with humanity.

Nancy Lu Rosenheim is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States including The Anchorage Museum of History and Art (AK), Palm Springs Desert Museum (CA), as well as galleries around Chicago: Koehnline Museum of Art, ARC Gallery, Union League Club, and The Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex Gallery. Currently she is Associate Professor of Art Foundations and Illustration and Design at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Rosenheim holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY, and studied Art and Art History at Skidmore College, NY.

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of “Nancy Lu Rosenheim: Swallow City” and concurrent exhibitions, “Nature’s Matrix”, “Scenic Overlook”, “Collective Possibilities,” with a reception at the Art Center on Sunday, April 19 from 3 – 5pm. The artist will be present at the reception.

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