In their successful exhibition at the Cultural Center, Industry of the Ordinary displays a commitment to collaboration.
In their successful exhibition at the Cultural Center, Industry of the Ordinary displays a commitment to collaboration.
February 1

Alumni Exhibition Receives Continued Attention

On January 17 Time Out Chicago featured Sic Transit Gloria Mundiby Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) creators Mathew Wilson (MFA 1993) and Adam Brooks (MFA 1989), adding to the strong body of critical praise the exhibition has received since its opening in November.  The show features more than 80 works spanning IOTO’s formation in 2003 to present; however, Wilson says, “a static retrospective that documents nine years of work did not seem particularly interesting.” Keeping with themes of collaboration frequently emphasized in the work of IOTO, the exhibition also includes a long roster of Chicago collaborators.  “At this point, we’ve probably worked with over 200 other people in the context of the show,” Brooks says.  As writer Lauren Weinberg explains, the artists place equal emphasis on public engagement, referencing issues of politics and consumerism that “dominate so-called ordinary people’s lives and preoccupy plenty of artists.”  Although the artists “approach these serious issues in absurd ways,” Wilson explains, “much of this work comes from some very serious and painful experiences.”