Alicia Eler profiles The Harvest by Matthew Wilson and Adam Brooks—a performance incorporating a life-size butter sculpture of President Barack Obama—featured in their ongoing exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Alicia Eler profiles The Harvest by Matthew Wilson and Adam Brooks—a performance incorporating a life-size butter sculpture of President Barack Obama—featured in their ongoing exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. \n
November 3

Newcity Spotlights The Harvest by SAIC Alums

Alicia Eler spotlights The Harvest (2012) by Mathew Wilson (MFA 1993) and Adam Brooks (MFA 1989)—SAIC alumni and principles of Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO)—in a profile for Newcity posted on October 23. Saluting the time-honored American tradition of butter carving, Wilson and Brooks paraded a butter sculpture of President Barack Obama through the streets of Chicago to the site of their exhibition Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary at the Chicago Cultural Center.  In reference to the title of the work, Brooks explains they are “harvesting the responses and opinions of passerby who observe the parade.”  Despite the date of the procession on October 26— less than two weeks before the 2012 presidential election—both artists claim The Harvest is neither pro-Obama nor anti-Obama. “We had been wanting to do this piece since he was elected,” Wilson explains. “It is about his historical significance and the way his presidency has been seen in America—what it may have changed about America or failed to change.  It is more about him than the contest we are about to witness.” Sic Transit Gloria Mundi runs through February 17, 2013.