In conjunction with Chicago Artist’s Month, Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “Escape” with artists Cydney M. Lewis and Sara Dehghan. “Escape” embraces the theme of “The City as Studio” as these artists repurpose found materials in order to create inspiring, sculptural works. The opening reception is on Friday, October 2nd from 6pm to 9pm and runs through November 7th.
For this exhibition, the gallery is transformed into a new environment through the abstract repurposing of the discarded. By plumbing the city for material and inspiration, Lewis & Dehghan change our experience of the everyday, giving the mundane a new reality. “Escape” is a reflection on the condition of waste: physical, social and emotional, we are asked to reconsider beauty in what is often ignored. Through the evolution of materials, the artists create a new environment, an imaginary place of hope.
“The materials used inhabit our streets as waste and are man made and contradictory. Useful, yet difficult to replace. Harmful, flexible, durable, and destructible, yet difficult to destroy. I want my work to help people think and reflect on their relationships with themselves, each other, the environment and their attitudes toward waste.” – Cydney M. Lewis
Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Hours are Saturdays 11am to 5pm or by appointment. More information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.