Tuned Mass: Jeff Carter, Faheem Majeed and Susan Giles
Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center
Tuned Mass reimagines the liberation of sculpture and painting from the dictates of architecture. It performs an experiment with the Chicago Rooms. Tuned Mass proposes that a trio of solo shows interrogating architecture through the space explorations of art will spotlight the singularity of each conjoined gallery. To do this, Jeff Carter, Faheem Majeed, and Susan Giles each created an exhibition whose demands exceed the sizeable ones made by the architectural space. The plenitude and gaper’s view of the Chicago Rooms make them a challenging and exacting host. They also allow art to gesture to spaces and forms yet to be imagined.
Exploring architecture through themes of barricade, convening and gesture come together in this sculptural exhibition presented in three suites. Jeff Carter works from images of specific conflict zones sourced online and developed a series of sculptures that explore the “architecture of the barricade”. His interpretations rely on forms that express aggressive dynamics and raw utility, yet are carefully integrated and intentionally crafted.
“Board-up” and “Lean-to” are the latest evolution of Faheem Majeed’s Shacks and Shanties installation series. These current works speak to his interest in the signs of devaluing neighborhoods, the board-up initially serving to protect the investment of the house while serving as a clear notice of abandonment. The lean-to is the stripped-down form of the shack, the simplest form used for shelter and survival.
Susan Giles explores the role of hand gestures in remembering monuments. Using the Chicago Cultural Center as inspiration, these sculptures examine how gestures create imagery that reveals the internal space of memory. The lines and shapes that come from the gestures build an abstracted, mediated form representing a single monument. The work investigates our shared desire to make memory physically tangible.