THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF THE VISUAL ARTS
Andrew Arvanetes, Seeking Shelter, Aluminum. Location: Wicker Park,
1425 N. Damen Ave.
Pamela Reithmeier, Kaleidoscope, Steel and Paint. Location: Ann Sather Garden, 1047 W. Irving Park Rd.
Jacob Burmood, Depth of Form, Aluminum. Location: 1923 N.
Michael Young, Birds of a Feather, Stainless Steel. Location: 1307 N.
by Tom Mullaney
Chicago’s famed public art collection numbers more than 500 artworks and includes such iconic works in the Loop as Picasso’s untitled sculpture in Daley Plaza, Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons mural in Chase Tower Plaza, and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park.
But another, lesser-known art show is on display, year-round, that you can see if your keep your eyes peeled. Walk by 1425 North Damen Avenue and you’ll see Andrew Arvanates’ playful sculpture, Seeking Shelter. Or at 1047 West Irving Park Road, you’ll encounter Pamela Reithmeier’s delightful Kaleidoscope. You also shouldn’t miss Peter Gray’s Flapjacks at 1347 West Erie Street.
These are three of the 54 works in the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit’s (CSE’s) 2018 exhibition. The organization was created by Alderman Vi Daley of the 43rd Ward—now retired—and mounted its first show of eight sculptures in 2002. 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney added Lakeview participation in 2008, nearly doubling the number of sculptures on display. CSE has placed roughly 400 works around the city over the course of its history.
Jorge Leyva, Weighing of the Scale of Nature, Powder-coated Steel. Location: 5602 W. Foster Ave..
The group’s mission? “To bring art to the neighborhoods.” CSE exhibits large-scale public artworks, each of which appears for a limited time. The artists and works change every year. Barbara Guttmann, executive director of CSE, says residents should consider CSE as “a museum without walls, in the neighborhood. Neighbors can encounter art on their way to the dry cleaners, the train, while walking a dog or going for a run.”
CSE issues a “Call for Artists” each year, and many of this year’s artists have appeared multiple times. The selection is by a jury of neighborhood sponsors (who pay the program’s cost) and art scene guests. Selected artists receive a $3,500 stipend for a one-year display of their sculpture.
An installation of 58 works by the 2019 chosen artists will occur in May and remain on view through October. A kickoff party at Sedgwick Studio with artists, sponsors, family, friends and the public is scheduled for June 28. For a list of 2018 artists and the locations of their works, go to http://www.chicagosculptureexhibit.org/category/2018/.
All photos courtesy of Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.
Tom Mullaney is the Managing Editor of the New Art Examiner.
Jim Gallucci, Tumble Arch I, Aluminum Tubing with Paint. Location: 2751 N. Inner Lake Shore Drive.
Robert Pulley, Cascade, Stoneware Clay and Steel Armature. Location: 829 W. Wellington St.
Peter Gray, Flapjacks, Welded Steel with Tree Trunk Slice. Location: 1347 W. Erie St.
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