Nov 12th 2022

Alex Chitty: Figs break open of themselves


1612 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, November 12th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Friday, January 28th

Alex Chitty produced this series of wall-based sculptures and photographs over the course of two years—the two extraordinary years of Covid disruption, to be specific. With an unusually long, generative period of close looking and unhurried experimentation, she was able to develop the pieces presented here as a single, ongoing body of work.

Chitty has long engaged with aesthetic and material elements of the domestic, which she reflects on here as a site of gathering and conversing, of transmitting knowledge, of sharing pleasure and pain, and of cultivating the new. These activities play out slowly over time and across various scenes of everyday life, experiences that she suggests through strategies of repetition and iteration—stacks of bowls and pistachio shells; shelves, windows, grids, and slats; the flat circles of a drink trays and the dense orbs of fruits and nuts.

By refiguring the stuff of the household, from its wood and metal bones to bits of interior decor, Chitty initiates a quietly radical opening for imagining what else might be possible beyond the prescribed configurations of our physical existence.

Text By Anna Searle Jones

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