Opening Reception: Friday, June 27, 2008, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
On View: June 27 - August 2, 2008
Known for their practice of material reuse and re-design, Material Exchange has developed a practice recognized for its innovation and mentorship. For ThreeWallsSOLO the collaborative explores, deliberate and inadvertent purpose, hybridity, sympathetic and adversarial adaptations, and the way in which identity points both into the past and the future. Creating within the gallery a fallen tree/tree-house that will operate as both shelter within a shelter and the source of new growth, The Ways Things Drag Their Futures Around is both uncanny and hopeful, and suggests the countless ways a thing can mature, whether repurposed, augmented or lending itself to expansion.
Material Exchange is currently working under the collaborative input of artists: Sara Black, Alta Buden, Charles McGhee Hassrick, John Preus, and David Wolf. The projects of Material Exchange have been exhibited at the Smart Museum of Art, The Experimental Station, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Betty Rymer Gallery, Gallery 400, and The Hyde Park Art Center, and others. Projects include collaborative workshops or courses with art and design students at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Harrington College of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Street Level Youth Media. Their work has been covered by The Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago and AREA and will be included in the forthcoming Democracy in America from MIT Press.
Material Exchange in New City (downloadable PDF)
Material Exchange's Website