Both optical and vibrant, these five triangular flags aim to reflect light from the city in the night sky and create a dialogue with the viewer during the day. The triangular shapes represent the rays of a traditional five pointed star, or druze. Color variation and printed patterns adorn each flag, making them distinct while simultaneously communicating with their companion flags through a common visual language.
Like the flags, the artists are communicating over vast distances to create this project. While four of our flags fly in Chicago where Chlaghmo currently resides, the fifth flag while be displayed in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Wall is currently based. Similarly, the five flags are also communicating from afar the way the stars in the night sky project to us on Earth.
The flags fly as part of this project at Lillstreet Art Center, but future iterations are planed for these five flags as well. Communicating over long distances and between foreign cultures strongly influences the ideas of both of the artists. Erin Minckley Chlaghmo is a Chicago based artist and faculty in the Department of Fiber and Materials Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Eric Wall, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a painter and installation artist, and recent alumni of the BOLT Residency at the Chicago Artist’s Coalition. The two artists have collaborated on several site-specific projects and proposals.