Posted by Tristan Hummel
in CLA Blog
Like most Pop-Up Art Loop curatorial choices, September's selection is a wide survey of artists. To the west, inside the Inland Steel Building at 77 South Dearborn, artists Susan Giles and Daniel Baird are part of IN/SITU in the Loop -- a partnership with the new international art fair, EXPO Chicago. IN/SITU programming provides a dynamic opportunity for EXPO's exhibiting galleries to showcase installations, site-specific, and performative works. At Inland Steel, each artist contributed a single large-format sculptural work. Daniel’s piece, “Endymion (2)”, is a 1/65th scale replica of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Launch Complex 39 on Merritt Island in Florida. Its scale is a consequence of shrinking the building down until a human figure, in relation to the artwork, is the approximate height of the Saturn V Rockets assembled at the NASA structure.
To the east, along the Wabash corridor, Pop-Up Art Loop hosts a selection of work that starts out as abstract expressionism at 22 South Wabash, and slowly shifts to a more impressionistic abstract expressionism by 44 South Wabash. Artists participating in the Wabash corridor are John Dominguez, Alexander Cohen, and Reed Kirst. This section of the gallery walk presents a nice contrast to the modernist sculpture at 77 South Dearborn and creates a chronology of artistic movements progressing from 77 South Dearborn to 22 South Wabash.
See these works, and more, at September's First Thursdays gallery walk -- this Thursday, September 6, from 5 - 8 pm. A complete list of participating galleries is available on the Pop-Up Art Loop website.
Pop-Up Art Loop is made possible by Blick Art Materials, Columbia College Chicago, Beck's, and Time Out Chicago.
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