A new collection of five fantastical sculptures will be on view in the Arts Club garden and a free public program with the artist takes place in the gallery
The Arts Club of Chicago (201 E. Ontario Street) proudly unveils its latest Garden Project public art commission, Garden Gipsoteca, by Chicago artist and Floating Museum co-founder Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford. This new collection of five fantastical sculptures will be on view in the Arts Club garden, located on St. Clair Street, between Ontario and Ohio Streets, from April 14 – June 22, 2019. A free public program with the artist takes place in the Arts Club gallery Friday May 3, at 6pm; for more information, visit http://www.artsclubchicago.org.
Hulsebos-Spofford brings to the Arts Club garden a modern-day take on the classical “gipsoteca,” or cast room. Conceived as a method to give aspiring artists access to antique statuary, plaster copies were collected and housed in beaux-arts academies as a pedagogical tool. In the current context of digital imprinting and indexing techniques, Hulsebos-Spofford reconsiders the neoclassical copy and offers a garden of multiples gone slightly awry. The ubiquitous eighteenth-century garden folly Hercules replicates fragments of itself as a cancerous mutation, while other commercially-derived objects, such as the Mr. Coffee™ coffeemaker, multiply in serial form. Reproduction emerges as a cypher of taste and value, signaling status and social relations. Garden Gipsoteca is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.