Opening reception February 25, 6-11pm
Garbage collection, in the field of computer science, is related to the process of memory management. Peterman’s site-specific installation, occupying the library of a historic Hyde Park mansion neighboring the University of Chicago, takes a lower-tech approach to this conjoining of waste and memory. One ton of multicolored, post-consumer plastic boards pose as surrogate books, filling the library shelves and simultaneously tiling the floor. The project establishes a seamless connection between the architectural repurposing of a former waste material and the contemplation of this same material as a type of stored data. In this modest southside archive, an endlessly varied post-consumer color palette and vast reserve of petroleum-derived polymer molecules is offered into our collective memory.
Dan Peterman has widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Among his diverse projects, Peterman has used recycled materials to produce minimal works that function as elegant sculpture, functional objects, and critiques of environmental waste and neglect. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Peterman is also a founder of the Experimental Station, an innovative, Chicago-based incubator of small scale enterprise and cultural projects (www.experimentalstation.org). He is recipient of grants from Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Peterman is represented by Galerie Klosterfelde-Berlin, Germany and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Venice Biennale, Italy; Van Abbemuseum Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, IL; and Kunstverein Hannover among other venues.
H P K
Hyde Park Kunstverein (HPK) is a community museum focusing on local artists and citizens and their work. HPK will act as a cultural incubator in Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods, setting up a hybrid zone where the museum is reframed within the context of street-level community and social interaction. We are interested in the challenge of presenting and honoring the person as well as the work, so hobbies, collections, personal narratives and present issues are all of great interest. The museum also addresses cultural engagement and cultural specificity, and how these two ideas can be expressed and challenged through the presentation of exhibitions and conversations.