IN/SITU Outside 2015

Inaugurated in 2014, IN/SITU Outside provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO Exhibitors to present temporary public art installations situated along the Lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District (CPD) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Participating Artists 

Daniel Buren
Attrape-soleil, 2013 | Bortolami

Attrape-soleil by French artist Daniel Buren experiments with glass and colored vinyl, and its ability to transmit and reflect light. Similar to the form of the stripe, a signature element in Buren's work, this piece continues the interest in bold patterning and order within the artist's practice, based on arrangement of color and placement within a space. This public work is a variation on the themes he has explored in several outdoor pieces, which use the movement of the sun to create colored shadows—namely La Tonnelle, presented at the Venice Biennale in 2007, or the covered walkway Passages under a colored sky (2007) in Anyang, South Korea.  

Ewerdt Hilgemann
Habakuk (Homage to Max Ernst), 2014 | BORZO Gallery / The Mayor Gallery LOCATED ON CHICAGO'S MUSEUM CAMPUS 

Habakuk (Homage to Max Ernst) is welded from heavy stainless steel plates divided into three parts. Through the use of a vacuum pump, the outside air pressure ‘shapes’ the piece according to the preset circumstances designed by the artist. The final name of Ewerdt Hilgemann’s work always is decided after the process has come to a halt, depending on the associations it brings to the artist. In this case, the birdlike beak form recalls the sculpture Habakuk by Max Ernst, noted in the dedication of the title.

Giuseppe Penone
Idee di pietra—Olmo / Ideas of Stone–Elm, 2008 | Marian Goodman Gallery LOCATED ON CHICAGO'S MUSEUM CAMPUS 

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone’s monumental, thirty-foot-tall bronze tree features the artist's signature manipulation of natural form. The tree as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. Idee di pietra—Olmo / Ideas of Stone–Elm takes this form and and incorporates a precariously-placed boulder—a remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition—to demonstrate the effects of human interaction on the natural world. As an original member of the Arte Povera movement, Penone belongs to a tradition of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace materials. This piece expands on that concept, employing natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature.

Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra - Olmo / Ideas of Stone – Elm, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Chicago Park District Public Art Installations

Herb AlpertSpirit Totems, 2010-2012 | Courtesy of the Artist
Chakaia BookerBrick House, 2015 | Trust for Public Land
Mel KendrickMarker #1, Marker #2, 2009 | David Nolan Gallery
Robert LobeNature’s Clock, 2006 | Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Joel ShapiroUntitled, 2002-2003 | Pace Gallery
Ai WeiweiCircle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze, 2010 | Courtesy of the Artist
Christopher WoolUntitled, 2013 | Luhring Augustine Gallery