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© Courtesy of the Artist and Chicago Cultural Center
Visible From Space

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
July 9th, 2016 - September 27th, 2016
Opening: July 8th, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.chicagoculturalcenter.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Michigan Ave/Downtown
EMAIL:  
dcase@cityofchicago.org
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Thu 9-7; Fri-Sat 9-6; Sun 10-6

DESCRIPTION

For his premier solo exhibition in Chicago, artist Paul Catanese creates an interdisciplinary artwork that ponders the creation of Earthly drawings as seen from the Moon. Following experiments involving camera-equipped aerial vehicles – from kites to rockets to drones – flown over high desert settings, this artist residency and exhibition will create both operating theater and theater of operations in an embrace of the scientific, military and pedagogic connotations of these terms. The artist will compose large-scale diagrammatic drawings on the ground level using various props and then, at regularly scheduled intervals, pilot a 12-foot helium-filled blimp to fly over, observe, project and record aerial footage of the evolving “viewed from the moon” works. Viewers are encouraged to visit multiple times to witness the evolution of this project intermingling an artists’ studio, film set, black box theater and site-specific installation.

Internationally-exhibited hybrid media artist Paul Catanese blurs the lines between visual, performing and media arts in a diverse range of works that include installation, printmaking, sculpture, handmade paper, artists’ books, video and projections. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY), SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery (San Francisco, CA), La Villette (Paris, France) and the China Academy of Art (Hangzhou, China) and screened at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Bangkok, Thailand), Stuttgart Filmwinter (Stuttgart, Germany), FILE (Sao Paulo, Brazil), ANIMAC (Barcelona, Spain), ExUrban Screens (Melbourne, Australia), New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada) and ISEA2014 (Dubai, UAE). He has received commissions from Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org and, most recently, was awarded a 2014 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Catanese is Associate Professor of Art & Art History and Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Program at Columbia College Chicago.

 

Public Programs:

Artist working on site: Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm

Scheduled blimp flights: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 12 Noon

 

Preview

Friday, July 8, 5-7pm

Sidney R. Yates Hall, 4th Floor North

 

Conversation - A Lunch Hour of Curiosities with City of Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson

Wednesday, July 20, 12 Noon-1pm

Sidney R. Yates Hall, 4th Floor North

 

Artist Talk

Wednesday, August 17, 12 Noon-1pm

Sidney R. Yates Hall, 4th Floor North

 

Lecture

Aereality: How We See the World from Above by William L. Fox of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30–8pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North