A Collaboration 1993

Chicago Collaboration
Chicago Collaboration: November 20, 1993 – June 26, 1994
Materials
periscope, door, hand painted statement on wall by non-Arabic speaking U.S. artists’ hands, hand rail, balcony, line of scent, window shade, closet door

Six artists worked together on all parts of this installation. Their work begins outside on the sidewalk.

Description

Six artists worked together on all parts of this installation. Their work begins outside on the sidewalk.

There is a periscope, built in the same fashion and with the same molding as the building itself. A small binocular-type eyepiece provides a video constantly showing a waterfall. The video can be viewed only in this place, but it is the first of a number of references to inside images and outside images.

On the stairwell between the 2nd and 3rd floors is a handrail with water circulating through it.

On the 2nd floor, a cast resin door appears to provide entry to a gallery, but it does not open. The door, constructed in a manner that suits the architecture, permits natural light from the windows in a closed-off gallery. Windows in the accessible gallery are covered with foam core that repeats the pattern of the tin ceiling.

In the next gallery is a steel railing which looks onto a horizon line, cut into the wall. From the horizon line comes the scent of fresh grass (replenished regularly in the felt liner of the incision).

A miniature door separates the two galleries on this floor. There is the sound of a waterfall, the recording hidden in a nearby closet.

There are three windows with pull blinds made of transparencies. Each is a photograph of the actual scene outside the window, taken on a beautiful sunny day. The three shades are kept partially pulled, each set to a different height. The scene may line up perfectly with the outside view, or it may not, depending upon one’s height.

About the Artist

Chicago Collaboration is a group of six female artists and includes Monica Bock, Mary Carlisle, Cathy Lynn Gasser, Melissa Goldstein, Sandrine Sheon, and Catherine Smith.