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MARCO NEREO ROTELLI
DIVINA NATURA: FIELD OF LIGHT
On Monday June 24, at 9:30 pm , when the sun has set and the moon rises, Marco Nereo Rotelli's collaborative installation of light, projected images, music and live poetry will turn the north and west facades of the Field Museum into a living architectural manuscript meditating on Dante's visions of heaven and hell, nature and numerology, reality and representation.
According to Kerry Reid in an article in the Chicago Tribune,
"Rotelli, when he was approached by Silvio Marchetti, the director of Istituto Italiano di Cultura about creating a site-specific installation for Chicago's celebration of 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, "I wanted to take a poem of the Italian culture that became an object of all the world." He also wanted, as he had done in many of his works, to bring in global visions of poets. In doing so, he reached out to past collaborator Arica Hilton, an artist, poet and owner of Hilton Asmus Contemporary gallery in River North and former president of the Poetry Center, to help him find poets who could work with cantos that Rotelli selected from Dante and give them a contemporary spin."
"For me, the space where I work is a concept," says Rotelli, who first trained as an architect. "It is interesting for me to work on horizontal architecture in a city of the vertical." Long fascinated with lost languages, Rotelli also finds inspiration in the Field as a repository of natural history and cultures, as well as in its location near the lake, with its vista of the horizon of water and sky.
"The light, the poetry, the architecture all suggest the possibility of joining the past and the present," says Rotelli. And as Marchetti notes, the Field's location on a hill overlooking major thoroughfares allows for the installation to be glimpsed by those passing by.
In addition to the poetry (other participating poets include Elise Paschen, Ana Castillo, Giuseppe Conte, Reginald Gibbons, Lia Siamou, Thomas Haskell Simpson and Chana Zelig), "Divina Natura" also incorporates an original soundtrack featuring original compositions by Adrian Leverkuhn and Thomas Masters as well as soprano Karolina Dvorakova.
For a city known as "Nature's Metropolis" — as William Cronon dubbed Chicago in his signature history — as well as one that romanticizes its own phoenix-from-the-ashes past, there may be a special resonance in Rotelli's "Divina Natura." But for all who look wearily upon the never-ending bad news in the headlines, Rotelli promises that the installation can remind us that "The mind of every man, every poet, is looking toward heaven."
Born in Venice in 1955, Marco Nereo Rotelli lives and works in Milan and Paris. He holds an MBA in Architecture. For years Rotelli researched light and the poetic dimension, which Harald Szeemann has defined “an expansion of the artistic contest”. Rotelli has created a solid relationship between art and other disciplines of knowledge for years. Involving in his research as a consequence, philosophers, musicians, photographers, film directors, but mainly the relationship is between his art and poetry, which has become a constant reference to his work. He has illuminated major monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee du Petit Palais in paris, the Beijing Olympics and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale numerous times.
On Friday, June 28th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Hilton Asmus Contemporary will exhibit the paintings and drawings that Rotelli created for the Field Museum illumination.
JOHN W. CLARK
THE FUNCTION OF FORM
FRIDAY, MAY 31
5 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition runs thru July 23
PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES
AND TALK ABOUT THE OEUVRE
of KOSTIS GEORGIOU
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward
appearance of things, but their inward significance." -Plato
A pixel, short for picture element, is the smallest element of an image that can be illuminated or darkened. And so it is, with the paintings and sculptures of Kostis Georgiou. Infused with an alchemy of brilliant colors, these smallest elements burst with emotion and lyricism. Please join us as we welcome Kostis Georgiou to Chicago for an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures following his 5-museum tour in China.
Exhibition runs through April 12th, 2013
BODY & SOUL
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary | THE SOUL
Jennifer Norback Fine Art | THE BODY
Addington Gallery | WHERE THE TWO MEET
paintings, poetry, video by ARICA HILTON
BELGIN YÜCELEN, ÇETIN ATEŞ,
jewelry by TAMMY KOHL
The next chapter in this collaborative exhibition between three galleries addresses the themes of symmetry, color and an deeper exploration into the history of birth through death (or transmutation of energy).
WHAT IS SOUL?
JOHN WELWYN CLARK
REFLECTIONS: A FUNCTION OF FORM
John W. Clark pursues painting as an end in itself, as well as a means to exploring themes related to architecture and design. In addition to painting, Although, Clark is a Chicago based architect and planner, he began his career as a artist from a young age. He is especially interested in work that unites the concerns of various disciplines. At a time when so much process is becoming computerized, he considers painting especially important because it deals directly with form, harmony, color and theme: freely, and independently of technical demands.
John has won national design and design/build competitions. He has been recognized for his architectural work for a series of innovative projects. Recent work includes master planning projects in China. He has designed a broad range of projects ranging from large-scale municipal, institutional and educational facilities to high-rise, multi-use office and hotel complexes. John has completed a wide variety of significant projects involving urban planning, municipal, historic, and contextual design.
John W. Clark studied architecture and planning at the University of Illinois in a program that included study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France. He studied visual arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also taught on the Faculty. He did postgraduate studies at Northwestern University. His architecturally-themed paintings have been widely exhibited, and are included in various collections, including the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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