Terrain Exhibitions and the Chicago Artists Coalition are pleased to present Choke, an installation by artist Scott Carter. Choke is the second exhibition of the inaugural year of the Terrain-HATCH Public Art Residency and is curated by Kate Pollasch.
Practice. Perfect. Audition. Rehearse. Setup…. Choke.
Choke is a continuation of Carter’s ongoing interest in the aesthetics of music and performance. The installation title contains two meanings: the inability to perform when necessary or “to choke,” and the term used when silencing a cymbal. In this installation, Carter re-materializes a complete drum set into a hardened, dense, concrete object that calls on both industry production and the monumentality of ancient stone sculptures within art history. During the duration of the exhibition, the public may engage with the sculpture, stepping into the role of performer, to strike, drum, and kick an object that resists its normative musical operation. With a playful undertone, Carter inverts the potential of a well crafted instrument by creating a concrete object that is set to choke. But in this subversion, performing and listening to the object becomes an experience removed from the success/failure binary and alternatively offers time and sensory engagement that embraces experimentation, unpredictability, and new musical materiality.
Scott Carter’s practice is influenced by the experience of living amongst mass-produced materials, spaces, and objects that are inherent in contemporary architecture and design. His work manifests immersive installations and interactive objects that facilitate subtle shifts in value and attempt to redefine utility in relation to everyday experiences.
This installation is open concurrently as the artist’s solo exhibition, Velocity at Linda Warren Projects, 327 N. Aberdeen, Ste. 151, Chicago, IL 60607; open from February 18 – April 15, 2017. Velocity features a new body of work produced during a three-month Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wisconsin.
About Terrain-HATCH Public Art Residency
The Terrain-HATCH Public Art Residency is a joint partnership between Terrain Exhibitions and the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects. Formed by their shared dedication to showing inventive work and fostering experimentation and creativity, this public art residency allows HATCH Projects graduates the opportunity to curate four exhibitions at Terrain. Shows run for a period of 5 weeks, between February and July, 2017, and are accessible and visible 24 hours a day. All exhibitions take place in the front yard of Terrain Exhibitions, located at 704 Highland Avenue in Oak Park, IL.
Adults only please for the reception.