John Delk’s “Swing” at the Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago

Untitled images from SWING by John Delk
Untitled image from SWING by John Delk

Last year, I did an “Art In Progress” on John Delk’s Bang! and promised to follow up with any new exhibits. John’s work is always a little bit devious and extremely thought-provoking. So he just wrote me about his latest exhibit, “Swing,” and I wanted to share in case you are near Chicago.

Swing is an installation of sculpture, photography, and video. Themes of dematerialization and transformation are combined with celebration, sensuality, and romance. The resulting work traverses a path of many forms and media.

Moon River is a sound sculpture. Snaking its way through the gallery on sand and shattered glass, wires and speakers babble with seventy-nine different renditions of the song Moon River.
Moon River is a sound sculpture. Snaking its way through the gallery on sand and shattered glass, wires and speakers babble with seventy-nine different renditions of the song Moon River.

Here are Robertello’s thoughts on the installation from Chicago Magazine<

“On Thursday, I’ll spend much of the day installing John’s new show Swing, which involves hanging TV monitors, cutting holes in the wall, setting a heavy block of ice that will slowly melt, and several other crazy things. His shows are never easy to install but they’re among the most interesting, thought-provoking work we show.”

John created a series of abstract, painterly prints (top image) using pornographic Internet videos. In these abstracted painterly landscapes, subjects appear to float, drown and evaporate. Melting ice, glass objects, video monitors and more create a rich, sensory experience.

Click for more exhibit images
Click for more exhibit images

Drop by the show anytime before June 8th.  Tell a friend! You won’t be disappointed.

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