Mar 7th 2020

Chameleon Blind: Virtual stack / Testing

@ Ignition project space

3839 W. Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60651

Opening Saturday, March 7th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, April 25th

Chameleon Blind: Virtual Stack – solo exhibition by Mara Baker

“Testing” – group exhibition previewing artists who will be developing solo shows in our main gallery during the 2020 season.
Lauren Sudbrink * Aviva Alter * Marzena Ziejka * wd Floyd * Mayumi Lake * Matt Siber

March 1 – April 25, 2020
Gallery hours: Saturday 12-5 and by appointment

Mara Baker

Combining traditional fiber processes, animation, light and video, the Chameleon Blind series draws inspiration from the phenomena of optical illusion and the changing of our eyes perception of light, color and space. Chameleon Blind: Virtual Stack explores the overlap between the virtual and tactile, stillness and time to create trans-media “light collages” that illuminate the installation space each night from dusk till dawn. The work is generously supported by a grant from the Illinois Art Council.


Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Baker received an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Some notable exhibitions venues include Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe, NM), The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN), The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts(Grand Rapids, MI), The Luminary Arts Center (Saint Louis, MO), and Cranbrook Art Museum, (Bloomfield Hills, MI). She has been the recipient of artist’s grants and residencies from Haystack Mountain School of Arts, The Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont), City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (Chicago, IL), Center Program Residency-Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), HATCH Residency-Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), and the Acre Project Residency, (Steuben, WI ). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Baker is Associate Professor of Foundations a nationally recognized community college serving the greater Chicago area.


Testing features work by artists who will be developing solo exhibitions in our main gallery during the 2020 season. Each piece is a precursor, either in form or ideas to what will later take shape.

Lauren Sudbrink * Aviva Alter * Marzena Ziejka * wd Floyd * Mayumi Lake * Matt Siber

Image: Aviva Alter, Maternal stone. Mixed media, 2019.

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