Gustavo Díaz // Tracy Marie Taylor

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Laser Engraved Acrylic 31.9 X 12 X 32.5 In
Gustavo Díaz // Tracy Marie Taylor

1431 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
September 13th, 2013 - October 26th, 2013
Opening: September 13th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

312 243 1200
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 11-5; Thu by appointment

THE MISSION Presents: universo 1"
New Works by Gustavo Díaz 

CHICAGO, Il. 8/28/13 - THE MISSION is pleased to present universo 1", an exhibition of new objects and drawings by Argentine artist Gustavo Díaz. In his second solo exhibition in the United States, Díaz investigates the literal concept of contemporary art making. He sidesteps popular culture and the recycling of imagery, and instead turns to astronomy, mathematics, physics, and philosophy to examine the contemporary world.

The artist explores processes on both micro and macro scales through systems theory, revealing their formal, functional, and operative properties. The resulting objects are hybrids of science and aesthetics. His meticulous, multilayered drawings and elaborately assembled, three-dimensional Plexiglas acrylic reliefs are rendered depictions of the visual intricacies of chaos, uncertainty, and imperfection.

Díaz's calculated, methodical approach to production materializes in the exhibition - from his precise workmanship and skilled constructing of the objects to the viewer's interaction with the works, which requires proximity and close inspection. Using very few materials - his reliefs are composed of acrylic and vinyl, his drawings simply of pencil and paper - Díaz attaches extraordinary importance to both concepts and craft. 

universo 1" opens Friday, September 13 and is on view through Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Source: Knutson, Julie and Fabiola López-Durán, Justification a priori: Science and Aesthetics in the Work of 
Gustavo Diaz, catalog text, THE MISSION, 2012. Print.

9-11-57, a site-specific installation by Tracy Marie Taylor

CHICAGO, Il. 8/28/13 - THE SUB-MISSION is pleased to present 9-11-57, a site-specific installation by Tracy Marie Taylor. Taylor's art practice focuses thematically on the history of the American West. Her new solo project, 9-11-57, is a memorial to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, a mass-murder led by Mormon militia members on September 11, 1857.

The installation features a three-dimensional, topographic sculpture of Mountain Meadows, Utah that is constructed of laser-cut, varied layers of mirrored Plexiglas. Collaged imagery of the sky, taken at the massacre site, is projected onto the sculpture from above. The projected light reflects chaotically onto the surrounding walls, creating a shattered effect. An audio piece accompanies the sculpture - a compilation of three first-person accounts of the massacre: Sallie Baker Mitchell, one of eighteen children who survived the massacre; John D. Lee's confession, written in prison days before he was executed for the crime; and official investigators' reports written to President Buchanan.

Tracy Marie Taylor received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico and received a Full Merit Scholarship to obtain her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Lake Forest College and chair of the Digital Media Design Program. Taylor lives and works in Chicago, IL. 

THE MISSION promotes art of the Americas by organizing a diverse program of provocative exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists. THE MISSION takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring cultural, social, geographical, and historical contexts through presenting artists that shape, inform, and challenge ideas and perception of contemporary art. THE MISSION is dedicated to supporting artistic innovation and experimentation and strives to initiate dialogue among local, national, and international art communities.

1431 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
T: 312-243-1200