ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Peter Skvara - THE MISSION - September 11th - October 24th <p>Our linear conceptions of time are a lie. Peter Skvara&rsquo;s site-specific installation,&nbsp;<em>The Path of Storm and Flood</em>, challenges the myth of an objective archaeological record, which is established by excavating layers of soil known as &ldquo;strata&rdquo; and carbon dating exhumed objects. It is by these methods that a historical record of material culture, and therefore of culture in general, is created. Skvara posits that soil stratigraphy is an unreliable narrator, unintentionally misleading its human audience as to the history of the Earth, as it is affected by climate, geology, and human intervention. These factors alter the global distribution of soil depth and disrupt the archaeologist&rsquo;s neutral measurement of passing time.&nbsp;<br /><br />Skvara&rsquo;s large-scale, multi-wall painting,&nbsp;<em>Timeline (Survey)</em>, is a passive map of the past we have constructed for ourselves, a guidebook of objects located arbitrarily in time and space, articulated with an abstracted composition of unfamiliar objects and familiar textures expressed in paint and collaged photographs.&nbsp;<em>Timeline (Survey)</em>&nbsp;initiates a dialogue with its companion piece,&nbsp;<em>Feature/Slope</em>, a sculpture that evokes an active archaeological site still in the process of being mined for information and objects. Presenting a subjective interpretation of history, Feature/Slope alludes to our active role as participants in Earth&rsquo;s history. The activity evoked by&nbsp;<em>Feature/Slope<em>&nbsp;</em></em>is in tension with the stasis of&nbsp;Timeline (Survey), establishing a relationship of giving and receiving analogous to soil life cycles. Ultimately, Skvara asserts the falsehood of a history constructed upon assumptions and educated guesses made out of an attempt to rationalize, define and measure reality.&nbsp;<em><em><br /><br /><br /><strong>PETER SKVARA</strong>&nbsp;(American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BA from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Recent solo and group exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Approaches</em>&nbsp;at ANDREW RAFACZ,<em>Regenerations</em>&nbsp;at Brushwood Center for the Arts,&nbsp;<em>RTC and Friends</em>&nbsp;at Western Exhibitions,&nbsp;<em>Resource</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>New Wave</em><em>Wow&shy;Haus</em>&nbsp;at Johalla Projects and&nbsp;<em>BUNK</em>&nbsp;at The Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections.</em></em></p> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:45:32 +0000 - Hyde Park Art Center - August 31st - December 6th <p>Graffiti from the streets of Chicago pours into <strong>Hyde Park Art Center</strong>&rsquo;s upcoming exhibit &ldquo;<strong>Creatures from the Concrete</strong>,&rdquo; a 90-foot assemblage of graffiti, stencil and wheat-paste collage, August 30 &ndash; December 6. A reception for &ldquo;Creatures from the Concrete&rdquo; and all concurrent exhibitions will be held Sunday, September 13, from 3-5 p.m.</p> <p>Seven women artists will work collaboratively and improvisationally to create a new site-specific mural at the Art Center. Led <strong>by Liz Lazdins </strong>(aka <strong>Beloved</strong>), contributors including photographer <strong>Eve Rivera</strong>, photographer and street artist <strong>Zorzorzor</strong>, illustrator and yarn bomber <strong>MonstroChicka</strong>, and artists/graffiti writers <strong>Stef Skills</strong>, <strong>Zena</strong>, <strong>Shan </strong>and <strong>Bel2</strong>.</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:47:54 +0000 - Hyde Park Art Center - August 16th - October 4th <p>Front &amp; Center is an annual exhibition of work from artists participanting in The Center Program, the Art Center&rsquo;s flagship artist professional development initiative that began in 2012. Guest Curated by Tricia Van Eck, Director of 6018North, this iteration of Front &amp; Center&nbsp;debuts artwork by 24 artists in a variety of media that was developed during the six-month program.</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:12:53 +0000