Chicago Cultural Center opens Industry of the Ordinary. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

. August 20, 2012 . 0 Comments

Chicago Cultural Center opens Industry of the Ordinary. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, an exhibition on view Aug. 17-Feb. 17, 2013.

Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson

Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, is a ten-year retrospective of the collaborative team of Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson whose work is a celebration of the everyday.

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.

Opening on the platform stage is Jim Zimpel: Angle, which runs through September 25. Yet another seemingly ordinary act, the artist draws parallels between the practice of fishing and the practice of art. The rituals, the tools, the solitary moments and the resultant frustration or reward have led the artist to a career in which he works in both fields, and to discover the familial bonds that draw him to the sport.

Angle will include handmade fishing rods, bait buckets, aerated coolers and a real tank of fish. Participation is also part of Zimpel’s installation and visitors to the show or to will be able to enter to earn the opportunity to fish from the tank. Each Sunday, five lucky participants will enjoy the art of fishing, and making the ultimate decision to release or dine.

Those choosing to enjoy a fish meal will go from the exhibit to South Water Kitchen, adjacent to the Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco where the serving will include microgreens grown in the exhibit tank. The experience to fish and dine is every Sunday of the exhibit starting at 2 p.m. and each week five people will earn the opportunity to experience the art of fishing.

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.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Exhibit Hall
Chicago, IL 60602

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