Jun 21st 2015

Nick Tobier & Brent Fogt: Front Roof

@ Terrain

704 Highland Ave, Oak Park, IL

Opening Sunday, June 21st, from 1PM - 4PM

On view through Sunday, July 5th

The lawn, the fence, the front porch—the public faces of the private structures of our homes all face forward in a gesture that is part welcoming open hand, part stay just a little back. It is where we can be outside and great our neighbors—from a distance. We took one more of these elements—the roof—and brought it out of the sky, like tipping a hat in greeting, transforming it into a place to hang out, and/or to hide. Front Roof, like the other forward elements presents a public face, and a private face, incorporating a gesture that allows for sociability, and for privacy.

Born in Ohio, raised in Texas, and currently based in Chicago, Brent Fogt creates intricate drawings and installations that reference plants, maps and microscopic organisms. Brent’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art in America and hyperallergic.com and in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art Center. He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Nick Tobier studied sculpture and landscape architecture and worked as project manager at Storefront for Art & Architecture. Nick’s focus as an artist and designer is with the social lives of public places, both in built structures and events. He has designed and/or activated bus stops, farms, kitchens, boulevards, and have worked within and without municipal structures in Detroit, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco. He has recently produced My (Our) Way, a performance for 100 music boxes commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation.

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