Chicago Sculpture International will present its Bienniale, “Design is a Verb,” at Evanston Art Center from July 27 to August 26, 2018. Opening Reception: Friday, July 27, 2018 from 5 – 9pm.
The show explores the process of art making—is it intuition or is it by design? Curator Alyssa Brubaker posed the question: what does the design process of an artistic object mean when we think about and look at contemporary art, and how might these choices help us to understand the works themselves?
Brubaker is the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, where she supports the curator in presenting global contemporary art exhibitions and programming in the Logan Center Gallery.
Participating artists in this exhibition are: Andrei Rabodzeenko, Barbara Goldsmith, Bobby Scribner, Boruch Lev, Carol Brookes, Christine Forni, Diane Tang, Dominic Sansone, Doug DeWitt, Gabrielle Egnater, Gary Kulak, Gina Lee Robbins, Jan Brugger, Janet Petry, Karen Gubitz, Ricardo Mondragon, Ron Gard, Scott Mossman, Shelley Gilchrist, Sunny Han, Victoria Fuller, and Yoonshin Park.
Fine Arts class of ’17 Christine Forni’s Artist Statement:
Designing sculptures is a part of engaging the imagination. It is a process where the freedom of the mind and the restrictions of materiality cohesively resolve.
I often begin by drawing and painting before I start to work in a three-dimensional format. I let the concept and work lead me towards the path to take. Uncertainty is a part of the journey. Being uncomfortable in the unknown is a way to learn and overcome obstacles.
I pay attention to the details in the subtle variations of materials I chose to work with and how they respond to touch. I choose to work with deliberation and in a meditative fashion. Hand-making my work gives me time to contemplate the direction it will take. The design of the works are journeys outside and inside the mind.
When a sculpture challenges me, I transition to seeing all sides simultaneously and draw the piece to let my mind take a break and have a moment of freedom. In my mind, when making the pieces, I begin with thinking about flow systems to create a continuous form of pathways.
What inspires me about the works is how they can be hung from the ceiling by a single string and with only the slightest air current, the somewhat unbalanced sculptures slowly undulate, revealing lines and patterns to the viewer in an ever-evolving choreography with the space. The movement is like watching visual poetry move gracefully in space.