Sep 6th 2020

E. Saffronia Downing: Cloverstack

@ The Franklin

3522 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Sunday, September 6th, from 2PM - 4PM

On view through Tuesday, December 1st


E. Saffronia Downing

At The Franklin’s backyard starting on Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Franklin is pleased to present Cloverstack, a new body of work by artist E. Saffronia Downing.
Using plaster cast in sand, Downing draws shapes from highway maps. The highway interchange is a road function used to join streams of traffic to the motorway. Downing reproduces the knot-like figures of four typical interchanges: the cloverleaf, cloverstack, windmill, and diamond. Through this work, Downing twists typical infrastructure into an earthly symbology. The construction of the highway system becomes an earth shaping allegory of a future-present.

Roads fold into the motorway
paths of graded separation
looping like a weaver’s knot
cleaving land
asphalt joins distant places

E. Saffronia Downing (b. 1992) is a Chicago-based artist who uses video, ceramic sculpture, and other media to map material residue across landscapes of time and place. She received her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Studio Art from Hampshire College. Downing is known to use foraged material to create site-specific installation and sculpture. Her work was recently featured in the Fall 2019 Setouchi Triennial in Japan. She has also exhibited nationally at numerous Chicago and Baltimore galleries.


3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago IL 60624

Cell to text: (312)823-3632

Hours: Saturdays 2pm – 4pm and by appointment

COVID-19 update: The Franklin (outdoor project space) is accessible at all times while the exhibitions are on view. The side front and side gates will be open for easy access. No access to indoors (house) at this time. The Franklin Collection is on view by appointment only.


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