This evening was the Chicago's Twelve panel discussion, led by Masani Wisewater, about their work at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This was a joyful experience for me.
The evening was not just about the Chicago Twelve, at least for me. It was also about the Garfield Park Conservatory. I have never been there before, so it was a chance to explore, journey, dream of earth, and how cool it would be just to camp out here !!!!!
The Chicago's Twelve was curated by Sergio Gomez. This show challenged the artists to identify issues with materials in our environment, define the re-purpose of these items through their art, to reduce our footprint we are leaving our future. A big challenge. Perhaps a re-education for the artists. If our materials sustain for what seems to be forever, can we re-define, re-purpose, to put to new use before we discard into mounds of trash? If our materials will decay in the short term, can we find a re-use until they decay, offering the re-purpose through the life cycle? All of this was asked of the panel from the Chicago's Twelve, to respond on what and how they chose to create, in order to reduce the footprint to our future. There response, both personal and emotional, translates well in their art.
Here are some photos for you to enjoy ! (The photo above includes two of Victoria Fuller's creations hanging from the ceiling.)