Chicago Tribune Highlights “Whitney Artists in Our Backyard”
In “Whitney Artists in Our Backyard," published on April 9, in the Chicago Tribune, special contributor and SAIC faculty member Lori Waxman (Art History, Theory, and Criticism; New Arts Journalism) surveys solo shows by five artists from the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Waxman spotlights alumnus and professor Philip Hanson’s (MFA 1968, Painting and Drawing) I am a child of the Light, student of the Dark, on view at Corbett vs. Dempsey through April 19. “In a day and age where so much art is transmitted and experienced in rapid-fire digital succession, it comes as a relief to be in front of paintings that have no interest in getting with the program,” says Waxman of Hanson. “As in a great poem, a whole world lives in each of these paintings; with every observational shift glimmer new possibilities.” Waxman also features On The Wall by alumnus Pedro Vélez (MFA 1999), on view in the front window of Monique Meloche Gallery through May 31. Vélez’s installation “assembles a mural of protest signs and posters complaining of rampant, unchecked whiteness, capitalism and privilege in the art press and curatorial world,” she says. “Perhaps it makes sense that Vélez is alone among the Biennial artists exhibiting in Chicago in offering the viewer an argument rather than an experience. He is an art writer, after all, and it has always been the job of the critic not to create experiences but to judge and describe them for others.” The 2014 Whitney Biennial, co-curated by faculty member Michelle Grabner (Painting and Drawing) and featuring a record number of SAIC community members, runs through May 25.