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Chicago Architecture Biennale VIP Breakfast: Saturday, September 16 // 9 AM - 12 PM Public Celebration: Saturday, September 23 // 4-8 PM Open: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays // 1-5 PM
Challenging art, architecture, work, and play, The Chapuisat Brothers’s tree-top In Wood We Trust is entered by crawling through a tunnel inside 6018North. Built entirely of wood, the large invasive structure and exhibition transforms our perception of the space it occupies and the people within it. An anarchitectural intervention, it is a deceptively playful yet dramatic utopian experiment in building community through architecture and art. While the main floor of the structure is in the tree-top, below visitors are invited to physically thread through winding passages and get lost within its intricate maze, funhouse, and collective space. Located between architecture, sculpture, and playground, the Chapuisat Brothers's work challenges our perceptions of space, movement, and gravity, while questioning distinctions between architecture, art, work, play, and communal exchange. In the process, it posits that the corporeal and convivial pleasure of experiencing art should not be separated from its visual and intellectual components.
In many ways, the Chapusiat Brothers use brotherhood as a fundamental metaphor for their communal, experimental, utopian venues that question whether art, life, play, work, or communal creation is occurring within them.
6018North is an Affiliate Partner for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
This project is partially supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation
The Chapuisat Brothers have re-created the feeling of being inside a treehouse in this “large outdoor architectural intervention and exhibition venue,” part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Mykitas Epoch – Genesis
Open Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1-5 PM through January 7
A mushroom insulation wall Mykitas Epoch – Genesis by CV Peterson asks visitors to rethink insulation, an often imperceptible or ignored aspect of architecture. Peterson elevates insulation into a relief sculpture using Ecovative’s mycelium mushroom poured into her designed and chiseled molds. The wall relief traces the history of fungus from its beginning, through to penicillin, to the future with plastic eating mushrooms. Mykitas Epoch – Genesis is supported in part by Ecovative.
CV Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist residing in the Chicago area. Their work combines scientific exploration of microbes that can consume plastics and art to examine environmental devastation through immersive interactive installations and explorations of fungus and plastic as art mediums. They received their MFA (’16) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA (’14) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA ('10) from Gustavus Adolphus College in Japanese studies and studio art with a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
A Room Has Its Own Voice
Open Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1-5 PM through January 7
A Room Has Its Own Voice captures the sonic frequency or acoustics of a room. Artist Troy Briggs 'tunes' the interior rooms to the same frequency. Without visual cues, A Room Has Its Own Voice asks us to listen to rather than look at the architecture of a room.
Troy Briggs is an interdisciplinary artist. He employs technology and sound and everyday objects to create subtle interventions in public and private space. Often slow and almost always very quiet, he creates works that connect listeners and viewers to sounds and images that speak to the delicacy of human connection though the simplest of means. Briggs has exhibited in Chicago, Portland, Oregon and Berlin. He teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and sculpture, sound and new media at Cathege College.
Currently On View
While 6018North is often itinerant – creating thought-provoking and compelling artwork in nontraditional spaces in Chicago and beyond – its mansion is a project in continual artistic flux. Flood damage in 2011 exposed its original structure and bones, creating unexpected and provocative pairings of historic masonry with more than a century’s worth of renovations atop. In response, 6018North’s artists often create work in relation to this existing structure and its history. Artists have made changes, such as adding walls and disco balls, or removing layers of paint and debris. The house is filled with site specific, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary experimentation, and collaborations.
Some of the long-term installations have remained within the exhibition Its Elemental because they relate specifically to the walls, windows, and corridors of the house.
Vlatka Horvat, Door to Door This site-specific work “reinstalls” the many doors of 6018North to create a physical questioning of borders and their ability to organize space, ideas, and people. The door is a powerful part of theatre of regulating access – a servant to solitude and privacy, an invitation, chance or permission for entrance, a barrier to strangers or intruders. On the other hand, a door that’s been unhinged from its frame enacts a certain abandon of the normative space and normative behavior in such a space. In the process of pushing a dilapidated mansion to be even more physically dysfunctional and yet more open, Vlatka Horvat creates a metaphor for the possibilities and/or limits of artists’ intentions to affect the social relations of those who participate within public and private space. Door to Door continues the artistic interventions created for 6018North’s Home: Public or Private? exhibition to question how to make public what is often considered private. Door to Door, 2011/2013 was created in cooperation with In Time Performance, and received Time Out’s Critic’s Pick.
Jane Georges, At This Very Moment This installation of a thousand leaves, woven into 6018North’s first floor walls, was created in September 2013. Working with beeswax, the artist preserved last fall’s leaves and the house’s history, since the original 1910 wallpaper in the dining room was of leaves, following the Prairie style of connecting the inside with the outside.
Lise Haller Baggessen & Jason (J. Thomas) Pallas This collaborative installation pairs Baggessen’s velvet painting Silver Lining and her glammed out installation Self Portrait as Narcissus with Pallas’ Selections of Civil Rights Images from the IEA (Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation) Collection. Encompassing the 2nd floor hallway, floor, and walls, the artists combined two vastly different, yet both historical empowerment movements – glam disco culture and Civil Rights – to juxtapose various forms of social protest. The public is invited to scratch off the silver prints to reveal Pallas’s historical images of protests.
Jesus Mejia & Ruth, New Colossus Jesus Meija & Ruth’s New Colossus, 2012 references Emma Lazarus’s sonnet at the base of the Statue of Liberty- “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” When hands are placed behind one’s back and into the holes, the arrested hands contrast with the wind chimes’ and Statue of Liberty’s invitation of unbounded movement.
Alyssa Moxley, Same Side of the Street Alyssa Moxley’s Same Side of the Street, 2013 is a camera obscura installation that projects the image of what is outside the front entrance of 6018North onto translucent paper.
Jennifer Karmin, 4000 Words 4000 Dead For Jennifer Karmin’s 4000 Words 4000 Dead, 2008, 2012 words were culled from an online public poem and memorial to the 4,487 American soldiers killed in Iraq. The bathroom within the home is a metaphor to ritually cleanse the returning American soldiers.
Amanda Williams, Color(ed) Theory: Englewood in Edgewater Amanda Williams’ architectural painting within the ballroom, Color(ed) Theory: Englewood in Edgwater, 2013 is her assemblage of colors such as Harold’s Chicken Red, Ultrasheen, Currency Exchange Yellow and Pink Oil Moisturizer used by commercial establishments to sell products to African Americans
Kathleen McCarthy's Antechamber
Kathleen McCarthy's Antechamber, 2015 explores the scale and movement of humans within public spaces. Using a nearly invisible material, clear fishing line, she creates 3-dimensional drawings of architectural components intended to encourage those encountering the work to become more aware of themselves, each other, and the space around them.
Vlatka Horvat, Door to Door
Lise Haller Baggessen and Jason (J. Thomas) Pallas
Alyssa Moxley, Same Side of the Street
Jennifer Karmin, 4000 Words 4000 Dead
Amanda Williams, Color(ed) Theory: Englewood in Edgewater
Kathleen McCarthy, Antechamber
Working Studios: July 16, July 30, Aug 13 // Mondays 7-9
Opening: Labor Day, September 3, 2018 // 3-7
In the current political climate, we believe it is of crucial importance to highlight how Chicago was built with immigrant labor, particularly in the arts, and continues today with exemplary immigrant artists shaping Chicago’s culture. Living Architecture is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition, with public programming of performances, tours, workshops, and conversational dinners that showcase Chicago's exceptional immigrant artists.
Featuring contributions by Nelly Agassi, Olusola Akintunde, Assaf Evron, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Lise Haller Baggesen, Aram Han Sifuentes, Mark Jeffery, Von Kommanivanh, Benjamin Larose, Kirsten Leenaars, Ivan LOZANO, Sheika Lugtu, Yvette Mayorga, Harold Mendez, Sherwin Ovid, Orkideh Torabi, Assaf Nedov, Roni Packer, Emilio Rojas, Leonard Suryajaya, Maryam Taghavi, Jan Tichy, Ji Yang, and Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, and others. Living Architecture is co-curated by Teresa Silva and Tricia Van Eck.
Since labor is often at the center of issues surrounding immigration, the exhibition opens on Labor Day, September 3. Artists will work July and August at 6018North so that the house embodies the artistic process as a living architecture of labor. On three evenings – July 16, July 30, August 13 – the public is invited to Working Studios, collaborative events for the artists to engage the public in their work as process-based, communal initiatives. Working Studios are on Mondays, often thought of as the first work day of the week. We invite you to join the artists.
The title Living Architecture is from a book created by architect Arthur Woltersdorf in 1930. Woltersdorf was a first generation German-American, and a President of the Chicago Chapter of American Institute of Architects. Max Eberhardt, a German immigrant lawyer who advocated for immigrant rights, hired Woltersdorf to design his home at 6018 North Kenmore Avenue. Woltersdorf commissioned German immigrant Richard Bock to create bas-relief sculptures that grace the façade. One of the aims of Living Architecture is to bring new light to Richard Bock's work which can be seen around Chicago.
Free public tours – walking and by trolley – will occur at sites around the City including Jane Adam Hull House and At Home in Chicago house museums to highlight the homes' decorative elements as well as immigrants' contribution to Chicago design. Tours include performances of music and dance by immigrant and first generation artists to breathe life into historic houses with contemporary innovation. These aim to upend narrow ideas of cultural heritage and national identity which often leave out the immigrants who built and worked in these homes.
Because 6018North is a historical home built and designed by immigrants, we aim to reveal the historic role of immigrants in shaping Chicago’s architecture and design by situating contemporary immigrants within a historical tradition to create a dialogue about race, ethnicity, and the American city. Art and design is not just symbolic or conceptual, but tangible embodiments of culture within a given time and space, shaping our environment, influencing how we think, how we experience our world, and how we interact collectively with each other over the course of generations. Therefore, each artist looks to a previous Chicago immigrant artist to connect with or draw from. Using historical research, contemporary art practices, education, and social engagement we are asking vital questions about how we remember immigrant creativity to envision a new future.
Living Architecture aims to challenge negative conceptions of immigration and show the valuable influence and impact of immigrant artists on Chicago's artistic production and reputation. In the process we challenge concepts of what is traditional and foreign vs. what is American art and design. As a result, Living Architecture celebrates the central and defining role that immigrants have played and continue to play in shaping and advancing Chicago’s art and design.
Art Design Chicago 2018 is a celebration of Chicago’s unique position at the crossroads of geography, and creativity and commerce in experimenting, developing and advancing culture.
A variation of Living Architecture will travel to the Chicago Cultural Center in Fall 2019.
Justice Hotel and Just Desserts
Thanks to a beneficent grant from the amazing Joyce Foundation, we are working with artist/architect Amanda Williams, master carpenters Bryan Saner, Norman Teague, and Troy Briggs, Justice of the Pies chef Maya-Camille Broussard and grower Sarah Mallin to develop an artist/architect designed, cooperatively built, owned, and run hotel on the South Side that addresses economic and social issues through art.
Justice Hotel and Just Desserts has grown out of artist and architect Amanda Williams’s Color(ed) Theory which raises questions about value, eminent domain, and historical neglect through structural forces such as redlining and disinvestment. Color(ed) Theory sparked conversations about very messy, difficult, layered questions surrounding architecture and its role (or lack thereof) in shaping the potential for neighborhoods and cities to thrive. This commercial art project asks how art can best shape and generate both artistic value and monetary value to increase a neighborhood’s value for its inhabitants.
Justice Hotel and Just Desserts draw upon the threat of eminent domain in the Englewood neighborhood because of the Supreme Court’s Kelo vs. City of New London decision to allow city governments to take private land if it believes doing so will generate greater tax revenues or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner. The idea for the hotel and café was sparked by a libertarian’s comical response to the Supreme Court case. However 6018North, artist Amanda Williams, Justice of the Pie chef Maya-Camille Broussard, and Pyrite Sun chef Sarah Mallin reinterpret this idea by manifesting and building a space to redesign justice in the aftermath of Chicago’s landscape being “designed” via erasure, systemic neglect, racism, redlining, and an imbalance of resources.
The building and running of the hotel as an art project is foundational. Instead of gentrifying, we aim to empower the community to become agents in the process that so often moves them out. Amanda is working with bricks, the foundational block of architecture. What does a justice brick look like? How can we, brick by brick, build an architecture for economic and social justice? Since Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome typifies the 60s generation of sharing, this phase asks: What does a cooperative look like? To answer this question, the Summer Youth Employees (who themselves are prototypes of future youth workers of the hotel) will help build Williams’s prototypes. In addition, as part of this Summer ideation, we are developing a think-tank of developers, thought leaders, economists, community organizers, fundraisers, etc. while comprising a team of worker/owners.
The project’s mission is to work with rather than for the community. We aim to fill gaps and meet needs of the community by providing skills and creating jobs for youth who in turn design, build, work in, and manage the hotel. We build on artist and architect Amanda Williams’ work with a host of student architects and 6018North’s artisan craftsman mentor/apprenticeships with students to train youth in carpentry skills and video making to document the process. We also build on our partnership with local grower Pyrite Sun to supply produce and ingredients for the café and bar. As a hotel, it will showcase and integrate the work of emerging Chicago artists and architects. Like 6018North a different artist or architect designs each room. House as art; hotel as art.
Finally, the project challenges the typology of hotel architecture. The design phase innovatively questions architectural and economic conceptions of hotels. Since we know what artist and curator run spaces can look like, we now want to develop the blueprints to construct an artist and curator run hotel as a social justice endeavor that through its spatial, material, and localized conditions empowers its workers and its community. We ask: how can architecture design and articulate the embodiment of a new set of financial parameters that express ownership, management, and maintenance as an artistic and a cooperative endeavor?
One Long Table 2018
Now in its 5th year, working with neighbors and friends, we will present One Long Table on the last Sunday of the month in July.
VIP: Very Important Performances at EXPO
Once again we are partnering with 3Arts to create VIP: Very Important Performances. Only this year, we are drawing from their Make A Wave artists, pictured here.
Water Music on the Beach 2018
Once again this year we are presenting Water Music on the Beach. Presented in multiple water locations around the City, this will be our largest Water Music yet! In addition, we are bringing artists from Hamburg's Wasser Fest.