Opening Saturday, December 1st, from 5PM - 8PM
On view through Saturday, January 5th
When the legs are up everything is calm
Liam Ze’ev O’Connor
In ‘When the legs are up everything is calm’, Liam Ze’ev O’Connor presents new sculptures: reconfigured Ikea furniture coated in artificial Jerusalem stone. In a 1968 mandate requiring new buildings to be faced with Jerusalem stone, Israeli city planners describe it as carrying “emotional messages that stimulate other sensations embedded in our collective memory.” However, the stone has become a symbol of control, visually confirming the boundaries of the city and allowing for newly annexed neighborhoods to appear as being part of the same lineage as the historic city center, miles away. These sculptures explore what it means to bring that symbol into the interior of a home: The stone, intended for outside use, is reassembled and recombined with the familiar shapes of the furniture, meant for intimate, personal use.
The exhibition will feature “Comfort Case: Show Within a Show,” projects by artists responding to the themes of When the legs are up, on display in the Comfort Station display case.
A menu inspired by the four quarters of Jerusalem’s Old City will be served as snacks during the reception, provided by Diaspora Dinners, a Chicago-based pop-up dinner series that explores the food and history of the Jewish Diaspora.
Liam Ze’ev O’Connor is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Liam grew up on a small suburban island near San Francisco, and received a BA from Lewis & Clark College (2012) and a MFA in Sculpture + Expanded Practice from The Ohio State University (2015). Most recently, Liam’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at H Space (Cleveland) and Hume (Chicago), as well as group exhibitions at Southern Exposure Project Space (St. Augustine), Plexus Projects (New York), Espacio Pla (Buenos Aires), and with MOTE Gallery at the Supermarket Independent Art Fair (Stockholm).