As a special feature of the recent Beverly Art Walk, artist Cecil McDonald Jr. altered a space (previously the Beverly Hills Gallery) at 95th St. — setting the stage for his camera by layering picture frames and mirrors at various heights and distances in front of the gallery’s 95th Street windows. He captured a myriad of framings and interior and exterior views as people and traffic moved about in the gallery and on the street. For this one-night-only exhibition McDonald distilled the resulting images into a unique glass sculpture and multimedia installation, exhibited in the same space.
Creating collaborative work in response to a particular location is part of McDonald’s artistic practice. In 2015, McDonald made work at the Chicago Cultural Center through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Studio and Curatorial Residency Awards. In 2012-13 he was a resident artist in the University of Chicago and artist Theaster Gates’s incubator project in Washington Park. McDonald studied fashion, house music and dance club culture before receiving an MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as adjunct professor and a teaching artist at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works held in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection.
Friday, November 18, 2016, 7-10pm 95th Street Gallery 2135 West 95th Street