Handkerchiefs and Flowers
with Dan Miller
April 13 - May 12, 2018
Roots and Culture
In her 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC review, Lori Waxman writes:
"Chicago has a long history as a city of magic, or rather a city of magicians. Artists Dan Miller and Aaron Walker slip seamlessly into this lineage with Handkerchiefs and Flowers, a spry exhibition at Roots & Culture that slyly performs a series of tricks on the unsuspecting audience. Some of these feats are architectural: a room vanishes where there was one, two triangular closets materialize where there were none. Some are decorative: curtains move from their usual window perch to become the backdrop of a theatrical stage. Some are human: audience members suddenly become performers, in subtly comical costumes, able to transform objects from one thing into another. But the best are, as always, the props: a half-dozen colorful custom packaway tables that, when grabbed at the handle—by those surprise performers—instantaneously go from flat thing to functioning table with a click-click-snap. Is it design? Is it art? It’s magic, that’s what it is, and if you think magic ain’t art, well, I’ve got a bunny just waiting to jump out of a hat and into your arms."
Featuring audience-performers Philip Fang, Mary Eleanor Wallace, Max Guy, David Langkamp, Fran Lightbound and Jan Brugger. Garments fabricated by Mike Lopez.
Performance photos by Meg Noe, install photos by Robert Chase Heishman.