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Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Exhibition Detail
Chris Vorhees and SIMPARCH: Uppers and Downers
Curated by: Stephanie Smith
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

January 10th, 2012 - December 16th, 2012
January 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Uppers and Downers, Chris Vorhees, SIMPARCHChris Vorhees, SIMPARCH, Uppers and Downers,
2011, view of partial installation
© Courtesy of the artists and Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
South Side
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu 10-8

As part of our Threshold series, the collaborative team of Chris Vorhees and SIMPARCH will transform the Smart Museum’s reception hall into a fantastical domestic landscape.

Uppers and Downers reworks the familiar kitchen setup of cabinetry, countertop, and sink into an abstracted version of a massive rainbow arching over a waterfall. This kitschy natural scene plays upon the utopian promise that restraint yields bliss: if only you eliminate excess and organize clutter to hide messy reality behind stylish surfaces, then happiness will follow. Or perhaps not. Uppers and Downers draws equally on the history of twentieth-century sculpture and design and the twenty-first century problem of accumulation. This site-specific work showcases the artists’ seriously playful aesthetic, expert craftsmanship, sensitive reworking of everyday materials, and capacity to transform the ways people interact with and within architectural spaces.

Uppers and Downers will be the artists’ first long-term project for a U.S. museum.

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