Kristin Abhalter draws on her experiences as a set designer to create an installation inspired by real and imaginary landscapes explored during a residency in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Employing a broad range of materials and techniques including painting, carpentry and sewing, Abhalter combines experiments in color, repetition, and pattern with the means of production associated with stage spectacle.
MYOPIA is the second in a series of exhibitions structured around the manifestation of an imagined opera. The first exploration of the work – SIXES (prelude) at SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík – proposed an architectural model of an idealized environment for the opera.
MYOPIA (overture) sets the stage with a collection of exaggerated and distorted visions, condensed into forms with elements of costume, suggesting the potential for characters to emerge.
Holding an MFA in design and technical theatre from University of Minnesota, Abhalter has exhibited in Chicago at Art on Armitage, Greenleaf Art Center, The Peanut Gallery, The Plaines Project, and has directed Roman Susan since founding the art space in 2012.
Come by on Friday 10th around 6.30, admire the work, and join us at Ollies Lounge, 1064 W Berwyn Ave, for a drink or two. We will be in there from 7ish onwards.