Opening Sunday, February 24th, from 3PM - 6PM
On view through Saturday, April 27th
Please join us on Sunday, February 24 from 3-6pm for the opening of “Nomads,” Lynn Basa’s outdoor installation in the RAC Sculpture Garden. Also opening simultaneously is “Undiscoverable Country,” works by Gina Hunt and Kate McQuillen, guest curated by Robert Burnier.
“Nomads” are a troupe of paintings migrating through Chicago on their way to becoming something else.
Lynn Basa’s paintings have started taking on lives of their own. At first, she says, they would merely “whisper free associations to her inner voice” as she was working on them. But then the voices became so distinct while making the works in her Happy Place series that she began to let the paintings speak for themselves and even included an interview with them in the exhibition catalogue. The group of paintings that followed, known as the Pods, “left the wall and spun a tale of being found in the woods where they were created by ‘animals with thumbs,’ creatures who had no knowledge of art history and were free of self-judgment,” as the artist describes it. Basa sees Nomads as the latest manifestation of this evolution. “With them, creative time overlaps with physical space and time. These paintings need to exist, then leave, to make room for whatever is supposed to happen next.”
Lynn Basa’s “Nomads” is partially supported by a grant fro the Illinois Arts Council Agency.