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Caroline Picard

20140809075139-stimac_santa_fe_billings Clouded Points of Access: Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeremy Bolen, Matthew Brandt, Shannon Ebner, Assaf Evron, Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes, Joachim Koester, Harold Mendez, Richard Mosse, Eileen Mueller, Arthur Ou, Alison Rossiter, Adam Schreiber/US, Daniel Shea, Greg Stimac, Shane Ward at Museum of Contemporary Photography July 25th - October 5th
Posted 8/9/14

What first reads like an astral constellation is in fact a photograph whose blackness is broken only by the erratic swarm of dead insect bodies. Greg Stimac’s Santa Fe to Billings (2009) documents the choreography of the countless lives his windshield intersected on a drive between locales. The momentum of each smash is evident—guts smear and spray across the surface, recording innumerable tiny accidents. To create this piece, Stimac placed an 8 x 10 inch sheet of Plexiglass on the h... [more]

20140724045807-kitplhqlz0svzmx-9_sutawseolzzt3owrzvo3m-soy_1ne6s-c1bcgiu21sz8euuuubrcp3ljt4kxbdq_io5wm_xdorho51w2tjbnjlwul7h1fkwdvyv2akxcivzh7vwt8_5i_jkirw-mmv4kay5hx0yurhvggburdzfmie1ygnrzc The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Heidi Norton at Elmhurst Art Museum June 7th - August 24th
Posted 7/24/14

Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge posed by the Elmhurst Art Museum, an institution that purchased van der Rohe’s prototype for suburban life, the McCormick House, in 1992. Chicago-based artist Heid... [more]

Untitled: an interview with Xaviera Simmons  
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4/6/14

New York, Apr. 2014: Xaviera Simmons is a New York-based artist whose practice manifests in performance, photography, sculpture, installation, sound, video, and more. That dynamic interdisciplinary material is fueled by research, contemplation, and feeling, three modes that enable Simmons to not only reflect the complexity of the human condition but also empathize with it. No subject would seem unconquerable: she tackles history, the landscape, and the human figure within it; she plays with cultural... [more]

20131123191418-cp3 Where They’ll Take You: Offbeat Art Sites in the 2nd City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Caroline Picard at D Gallery November 8th, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Posted 11/23/13

For C. S. Lewis it was a wardrobe. For Lynn Reid Banks, a cupboard. Max, in Maurice Sendak’s most famous book, sets sail to the island of the Wild Things from the confines of his own bedroom. Though adult narratives focus less on magical transportation and metamorphosis, when they do they also often look to constrictive spaces. Toru Okada, the protagonist of Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, searches for visions from the bottom of a dried-up well. In Being John Malkovich, the p... [more]

Pulling the Rug Out: An Interview with Lin Hixson  
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9/16/13

Chicago, Sep. 2013: When I came to Chicago in 2004, Goat Island was a prominent feature in the performance art landscape. Its reputation extended beyond the Midwest, across the ocean to Europe. The group began in 1987 and, until its ninth and last performance in 2009, conscientiously developed a collaborative body of performance work. Co-founder and Director Lin Hixson since went on with Goat Island’s other co-founder, Matthew Goulish, to form a subsequent performance group, Every house has... [more]

Inverting Expectations: An Interview with Guy Ben-Ner  
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4/28/13

Chicago, Apr. 2013: Guy Ben-Ner began with an idea. He wanted to divorce a soundtrack from a film, then make a new film that accommodated the appropriated soundtrack. The idea provided a mechanism, defining the rules of a game which would yield Ben-Ner’s latest work, Soundtrack. He decided to appropriate eleven minutes of sound from Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. In Ben-Ner’s version the world is not ending exactly, rather his kitchen erupts into chaos. The sound of rain in the Spielberg m... [more]

20130227090301-aida_07 Sorry for Being a Genius   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Aida Makoto at Mori Art Museum November 17th, 2012 - March 31st, 2013
Posted 2/28/13

"There is no more chastity in the Young-Girl than there is debauchery. The Young-Girl simply lives as a stranger to her desires, whose coherence is governed by her market-driven superego." —Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of a Young-Girl, 2012 Aida Makoto's retrospective exhibit, “Monument for Nothing,” is a stunning body of work, taking full advantage of its towering exhibition site. The Mori Art Museum sits on the 53rd and 54th floors of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower—a massive skysc... [more]

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