The Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches. Centered in the historic village of Oak Park, IL, the 2017 Biennial will kick-off on Sunday, October 1st with a block party in Oak Park, IL and run until November 15th. Neighborhoods throughout Chicagoland will host performances, film screenings, and other events in conjunction with the festival. A map of all locations and the dates of the openings for each neighborhood will be posted to www.terrainexhibitions.com.
Founded in October of 2011 by artist Sabina Ott and author John Paulett, Terrain Exhibitions and The Terrain Biennial repurposes private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows, turning them into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. The projects at the 3rd Terrain Biennial will range from sculptural installations to time-based performances to public interventions.
This year, Project 1612 is participating in the 3rd Terrain Biennial and will be hosting a one-night event on Friday, October 6th from 5-9pm. This event will feature an installation in the front yard by Gina Hunt, which will remain installed for the duration of the biennial, a performance piece in the back yard by Connor Shields, a sound installation in the garage by Ryan Paluczak, and an installation on the sun porch by Bryony Hussey. All of the artists for this event have been curated by the co-founders of Project 1612.
Furthermore, the Biennial will be held statewide with sites also in Chicago and Springfield and nationally in Los Angeles, Oakland, Milwaukee, Detroit, Iowa City, Louisville and more.