Lilli Carré's New Thought-Provoking MCA Exhibit

December 18, 2013 | by elle eichinger | Pursuits

Lilli Carre work at the MCA BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works Exhibit.

Lilli Carré, Video still, Untitled, 2013. 

This week, the Museum of Contemporary Art unveils dozens of sculptures, drawings, and animated videos by local artist Lilli Carré. The exhibition is the latest in the BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works series, and will be on view through April 15, 2014.

Though known primarily for her comic drawings—she’s written a number of graphic novels and comics such as The Lagoon and Heads or Tails—Carré’s MCA work proves her talents go beyond cartoons. “Since I work in a variety of different media, I wanted to create all-new work that reflected my interdisciplinary approach to art making,” Carré says about preparing for the exhibit. “It was interesting to try to work with similar ideas and forms across 2D, 3D, and 4D media, and see how they all ended up reflecting each other in different ways.”

The exhibit features brand-new work by the artist, displayed in thought-provoking pairs that juxtapose the figurative and the abstract. A GIF-like animation, for instance, alternates between two ambiguous shapes that became a fountain and a face with the addition of water and a tongue. Yet often, it’s what you don’t see that matters. Says Carré: “I decided to focus the work I created for the show around the narrative gap created between two similar or resonant images placed side by side.”

Michelle Puetz, the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow behind this edition of Chicago Works, leads a curator tour of the exhibit on Tuesday, January 14 (12 p.m.). The BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works program shows new artworks by a variety of Chicago artists. 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660


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