Lillstreet’s Textile Department hosts artists from around the country and invites them to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered. Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as driving or walking down Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues. Installations rotate monthly, May through December, and flags are displayed in the Textile Department’s hallway gallery two weeks prior to install date.
The installation space also serves as competition for artists, with Lillstreet awarding cash prizes for Best in Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150). Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists. Vist our “Call for Entries” page for more information, and please apply via Slideroom.
August – September 2015: Heather Brammeier
Artist Statement: Catenaries formed by elegant tangles of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) adorn the Lillstreet Art Center building like a giant necklace. To create the tangled blue and red forms in my PEX sculptures, I harness the potential energy within the material. Manufactured as a safer, flexible alternative to PVC, PEX is sold in large coils. When unwrapped, the PEX retains these curves. By twisting the material against its natural coil, I am able to create tension that gives structure and strength. The eye is drawn to track red and blue lines, but is quickly overwhelmed by the task. The material becomes a metaphor for inner conflict, such as the struggle to reconcile what is true with what we desire. Learning to accept the struggles that are a part of life allows us to find joy even in the midst of strife. The vivid red and blue lines have an inherent light that encourage associations with jump-ropes and hula-hoops.