Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
The newest exhibit to open at the Chicago Cultural Center this month is Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, but it will be anything but.
Opening on August 17, the exhibit will focus on the work of artists Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson who celebrate the every day. This is a retrospective of 10 years by these two artists and throughout the installation, which runs February 17, the artists will engage and involve several local artists as well as the general public.
While their work takes many forms, it is largely performative and seeking to engage the viewer as an inclusive display. The show includes a sampling from over 80 of the Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) projects displayed with objects, photos and video documentation that includes “Line in the Sand” which engaged the public directly as the artists drew a line on State Street with a flesh-colored crayon to encourage on-lookers response.
Brooks and Wilson were raised in England but have been living and working in Chicago for many years and they will be sharing some of the exhibit with local artists including the platform stage which will change throughout the show.
Brooks and Wilson have solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to be part of Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi creating their portrait in a wide variety of media. IOTO will also produce Everyone 2012, an animated scroll listing of all of the artists in Chicago.