Wow, I finally made it to Expo Chicago at Navy Pier and it was full of more beautiful and inspirational things than I imagined. I get a little overwhelmed in really huge spaces with so much to look at, but thankfully, the wonderful art and the really well thought-out floor plan made the space breathable and enjoyable. With hundreds of galleries, I spent over 4 hours perusing the aisles of charcoal, oil paint and sculpture and I jotted down over two pages worth of artist’s names whose work called out to me. Below is a small selection of artwork of which I took note.
Artist: George Widener
I have thing for creative and non-traditional maps.
Artist: Alighiero e Boetti
I have a thing for letters.
Artist: Donald Moffett
Who wouldn’t like this?
Artist: Eric Daigh
A beautiful portrait made out of push-pins.
Artist: Alejandro Puente
I have a thing for color studies.
Artist: Kasia Houlihan
From a series called “Tables of Content”
Using the Table of Contents as a way to create fragmented stories to be read in many different ways.
Artist: Miler Lagos
Artist: Valeska Soares
I have a thing for the creative use of books and book parts.
Artist: Henry Darger
I found it interesting that the little girls in the painting have male genitals and they are revolting against the man. Is fighting, war, or revolt a male trait and those women who decide to fight channeling their inner male?
Artist: Jaume Plensa
I love letterforms, as I said earlier, but turning letters of a variety of languages into beautiful sculptures to create a serene setting is even better.
I’m not sure of the artist, but he was there and asked if it should be called “Arming the Bridge to Equality” or “Arming the Bridge to Freedom” and I though equality, because it plateaus at the top and freedom is something one is always striving for, almost unattainable.
Artist: Brian Willis
A beautiful rayon thread “painting”
While I really dislike Shepard Fairey, I have to admit that his prints are pretty beautiful, even if plagiarized.
I don’t know who the artist is, but I find this funny. I think I would like to send it to some people.
I am unsure of the artist, but I enjoy the meaning I get out of this piece: we are all held attached to what appears to be freedom (independence is written on the jacket of the man holding the strings), but what we are attached to is nothing but an ideal that is meaningless because it comes from someone in power who is not vested in our interest; it is faceless, headless, because no matter who is in power, we are stuck to these strings that move us about our everyday lives, thinking we are free, striving to be free, but in the end, we are not.
Artist: Kazimir Malevich
I have a thing for Russian Constructivism/Suprematism.
Artist: László Moholy-Nagy
Artist: Anne Lindberg
I wish I took a better picture of this. I really love these graphite line drawings. They are so beautiful and exude patience.
Artist: Francois Morellet
Artist: Robert Gober
Artist: Dan Gunn
They’re just beautiful.
Artist: Antonio Santin
From a distance, it really does look like a beautiful, ornate carpet hanging on the wall.
I am unsure of the artist, but I think this piece is called Rhythm & Blues, and to me it represents slavery and a time of segregation, the black man imprisoned in this system viewed as only valuable when it comes to music and performance.
Artist: Sanaz Sohrabi
I’ve seen this at the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. It’s still funny.
My hand stamped in case I were to leave and come back, but unfortunately I was unable to return. I was glad to see much of the work at Expo Chicago.