The Trib Highlights Two Alumni Solo Shows at the MCA
On February 6 Chicago Tribune writer Lori Waxman (Art History, Theory, and Criticism) surveyed concurrent MCA solo shows by Lilli Carré (BFA 2006) and faculty member and fellow alumni Willliam J. O’Brien (MFA 2005, Ceramics). Waxman draws parallels between the artists’ shared use of ceramics, a material featured “prominently and fabulously” in both exhibitions. “Both artists ask clay to do more than might be expected of it and also, given the context, less,” says Waxman. “There are no high concepts here. Instead, Carré and O'Brien both claim to shape ceramics for the sake of shaping them, to see what will happen to clay under the pressure of water, hand, tools and heat.” Carré’s “taut and modest show” runs through April 15. William J. O’Brien, the artist’s first comprehensive museum survey, runs through May 18.