Join us at moniquemeloche gallery on Saturday, November 4th for an informal talk with artist Karen Reimer, where she’ll be discussing her current #onthewall project, Droughtscape.
Immediately following the 1pm talk, visitors are invited to walk a block south to tour the Holy Trinity Cathedral– whose cracked exterior inspired Reimer’s project.
Designed in 1903, Holy Trinity is one of only two churches ever realized by the architect Louis Sullivan. The building’s stucco facade is presently marred by cracks, caused by settling due to the major Midwest drought of the 2000s. Reimer has duplicated these marks located on the north-facing wall of the cathedral onto the south-facing front windows of moniquemeloche.
Metaphorically, Reimer’s installation is a meditation on the larger collapse of cultural foundations and our capacity to live on the earth at all, let alone in buildings, in the climate of the future. Furthermore, the project continues her investigation of the Japanese art Kintsukuroi or “golden repair”, a tradition used to restore precious broken pottery with gold leaf, treating the breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Droughtscape is presented as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Gallery Weekend Chicago.