Yhelena and Michael Hall: Wilderness and Household: Coping with Comfort
@ Ignition project space
3839 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Opening Saturday, November 4th, from 5PM - 7PM
From the artists:
Evolution of domestic appliances gradually shaped humans into creatures of comfort. Detachment from the wild introduced longing for escape from technological reality and return to the “simpler times”, but with an underlying fear being forced back to the wild.
Wilderness and Household: Coping with Comfort consists of four parts – Bubble Machine, Box-Fan Generator, Condenser and Air Filter. These four parts are connected through the elements and functions of domestic appliances and reimagining their place within consumption, preservation, sustainability and necessity. By altering thefunctionality of domestic appliances, we turn them into metaphors and reflect our dependency on these devices and our desire to break free from them at the same time.
60 x 28 x 33 in.
Cooling mechanism, acrylic, copper tubing, plywood, pine, humidifier, ice cube tray, water
by Erin Smego
Erin Smego is a post-minimalist sculptor working with lumber, iridescent skins, and sometimes LED lights.She re-purposes industrial materials along with fashion elements to transform them into a critique on the ever-changing role of gender, simultaneously existing as an art object. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.
Subjects explored include: survival, awkwardness, peculiarity, falling (apart), isolation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and vulnerability.
Heidi Wiren Bartlett
presented as part of the Terrain Biennial
curated by Stacey Lee Gee
Heidi’s work is concerned with the portrayal, oppression and subversive existence of women in America today. In her hybrid practice, she creates objects, installations, ritual performances, videos, and collaborative works.
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