In two newly opened exhibitions in Chicago both showcasing sculptural works, one at The Arts Club of Chicago featuring the work of Pedro Caritas Reis and the other Doris Salcedo at MCA Chicago, the viewer is made aware of spatial implications that exist alongside the work of art. In both, the totalizing presence of either the artist or the work is omnipresent, justly so. In both, the effects of either, the artist or the work, are lasting albeit for different reasons.
Of my visit, I’ll simply note the comments of those in attendance, whether out of interest or circumstance….
– “It’s cool….I think being here on opening night would’ve been better…I heard that there, that he kinda did this performative thing that woulda been cool to see
– “No, the lights are not on or left on after hours.”
– “Is there anything upstairs?” “No. It was for a private event.”
– “If not working here, we, wouldn’t be seeing this or understand it. I gotta read [this] catalogue. But, it’s really interesting!”
– “I don’t think some of them [the artists] care anymore…more like reacting to an interest [of theirs] but it’s too complicated – make it simple again.”
– “[I get it] contemporary=everything…it’s programmatic.” “Do they, the gallery/museum/curator ask your opinion?
– “They don’t think it’s important [that we understand] or like it…only in protecting/watching it… we get a quick walk through.”
– “Oh man, we had like an hour or more [information session]… too long.”
Opening March 8 runs through April 5
At Peregrine Program
3311 W Carroll Ave, Suite #119 Chicago, IL 60624