On View> Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank showing art and architecture in Chicago

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(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
Carlos Bunga, Under the Skin, through January 3
Frida Escobedo, Materials Reservoir, through January 3

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a project of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates’ nonprofit Rebuild Foundation. The foundation converted a vacant former savings bank on the South Side into an archive, exhibition space, and community center to encourage artist-led, community-driven revitalization.

Current programming includes works by Barcelona-based multimedia artist Carlos Bunga, and architect Frida Escobedo (Mexico City).

For Under the Skin, Bunga uses cardboard and adhesive tape to create a fluid space that responds to the surrounding architecture and comments on the making process.

For Materials Reservoir, Escobedo gathered debris from a demolished South Side church to create a reverse Tower of Babel, with walls that can be re-arranged and destroyed. The piece comments on how meaning and materiality can be appropriated and constructed by each participant.

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