Exhibitions

BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works:Lilli Carré

Images

  • A white pyramid-shaped ceramic sculpture has a long white handle attached. A white ceramic hand with a visible crack in the pinky finger sits in front of the other sculpture.
  • A white ceramic vessel bears black, scratch-like markings. A pair of white ceramic hands lays in front of the vessel.
A white pyramid-shaped ceramic sculpture has a long white handle attached. A white ceramic hand with a visible crack in the pinky finger sits in front of the other sculpture.
Lilli Carré, Conversations in Held Poses, 2013. Glazed ceramic; 6 × 6 x 6 in. (15.2 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Lilli Carré, Conversations in Held Poses, 2013. Glazed ceramic; 6 × 6 x 6 in. (15.2 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
A white ceramic vessel bears black, scratch-like markings. A pair of white ceramic hands lays in front of the vessel.
Lilli Carré, Conversations in Held Poses, 2013. Glazed ceramic; approx. 30 pieces, 14 × 12 × 12 in. (35.6 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Lilli Carré, The Negotiation, 2013. Two high-definition video loops, edition of 3, aside from 1 artist’s proof
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Lilli Carré, The Negotiation, 2013. Two high-definition video loops, edition of 3, aside from 1 artist’s proof
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Lilli Carré, Conversations in Held Poses, 2013. Glazed ceramic; 6 × 6 x 6 in. (15.2 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Lilli Carré, Video still, One Second (Eucalyptus), 2013. High-definition video loop
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Lilli Carré, The Negotiation, 2013. Two high-definition video loops, edition of 3, aside from 1 artist’s proof
Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago

About

Although Lilli Carré (American, b. 1983) is perhaps best known for her award-winning comics, animated films, and commercial illustration, her interdisciplinary creative practice employs a wide range of media including printmaking, artists’ books, painting, and, most recently, sculpture. Carré’s work, which defies simple classification by medium, encompasses delicate and moving explorations of humor and failure, narrative and time, the human form and abstraction, and presence and mortality.

For her BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works exhibition—the artist’s first solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago—Carré presents an entirely new body of work in animation, sculpture, and drawing, highlighting new directions in her creative process. Sculptures are displayed in pairs to show the objects in two separate states of being, while their dimensional forms are abstracted, flattened, and reflected in accompanying drawings. A new work, made specifically for this installation, consists of two videos projected on opposite walls. The dual projection reveals slowly shifting temporal relationships between images, which alternate between abstraction and figuration, and positions the viewer in the empty space between the two animations. The artist encourages viewers to interpret this space and play an active role in filling the gap between objects and their resonant images.

Carré’s work has been exhibited both locally and internationally at galleries and museums, film festivals, and alternative comics festivals. She cofounded the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, and is a key figure in Chicago’s vibrant arts community. The BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works exhibition series showcases the best new work being made in Chicago, by artists whether emerging or established, at midcareer or undergoing reinvention. This exhibition is organized by Michelle Puetz, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at MCA Chicago.

Installation Images

Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré, MCA Chicago, Dec 17, 2013–Apr 15, 2014
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

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