Idol Structures

October 13, 2015

Featuring photography, sculptures and other media, Siber brings attention to the structures that we use in urban landscapes to propagate mass-media communication. Elements like used billboard vinyls, empty signposts and other items that usually hold advertisements draw attention to the components of media that usually are meant to stay invisible.

Siber said that he has been working on projects dealing with advertising, propaganda and “the ways we are manipulated and influenced to do things” since 2002, which then turned into him looking at signage and public spaces.

The inspiration for all of this comes from his own personal dislike for “being manipulated,” he said. “Perhaps this is a way of counteracting it.”

Siber also mentioned the importance of the exhibit, specifically for college students.

“You’re learning about the world,” Siber said. “I hope this exhibition makes you think of the world around you a little differently than maybe before you’ve seen it.”

Though the themes of advertising and public spaces have been present in a lot of Siber’s work as an artist, the idea for this exhibition has been discussed for several years and is now only recently coming into fruition. Gregory Harris, assistant curator at DPAM, said that he saw one of Siber’s shows about three years ago, “back when we were just planning the new Art Museum building.”

“Idol Structures” runs through Dec. 20. (Photo courtesy of DEPAUL ART MUSEUM)

Since then, Siber had been working on creating an exhibition that would fit DPAM perfectly, taking into account the unique spaces in the new building, like the window looking over the train tracks, in which to place attention-grabbing works.

In this exhibit, Siber said that he focused on the differences between the idea of two-dimensional versus three-dimensional and “how things occupy space differently,” such as advertisements and the signage that holds them there.

Claire Sandberg, a junior at DePaul and the Gallery Tech Intern at the Art Museum, said Siber made a lot of the pieces after the exhibition had already been discussed.

“We put our trust in him that he would make something really cool for us and he did,” Sandberg said.

With so many varieties of structures in this exhibition, a lot of work went into creating an inviting yet meaningful space. With the help of the artist himself, “we spent the whole month of August hanging it all up,” said Sandberg, who especially enjoyed hanging up the huge billboard vinyls using cherry picker lifts.

“Matt (Siber) has been around Chicago for 14 or 15 years, so he’s well-known in the city,” Harris said. She said Siber is most well-known for his photography, but has recently delved into other mediums, like sculpture for this exhibition.

“This project is the first project I’ve done that’s dealt with sculpture,” Siber said. He made his first sculpture in 2010.

So far, the student response has been great, Harris said. A lot of art classes have been making their way over to the museum, from DePaul and from other schools, as well as photography classes.

“Idol Structures” will be available until Dec. 20. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Who Am I Now? The Art of the Con

4/25/2018

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

DePaul Student Center, Room 120

2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago 

On the eve of the opening of his first solo exhibition at DPAM, “BEVERLY FRESH: Really Somethin Else,” artist Zack Ostrowski will participate in a DePaul Humanities Center event on hoaxes, cons, and performance. The evening will also feature Carol Kaufman Kerman, sister of comedian Andy Kaufman, recalling her brother’s many personas; prankster Alan Abel discussing his life of cons and put-ons; and world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti (accompanied by the Bach and Beethoven Experience).

For more information visit: https://las.depaul.edu/centers-and-institutes/depaul-humanities-center/events/Pages/spring.aspx

 

Read More >

Public Reception for Spring Exhibitions

4/26/2018

Please join us April 26 from 6-8 pm for a public reception celebrating the opening of three new exhibitions—”Out of Easy Reach,” “BEVERLY FRESH: Really Somethin Else,” and “DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees and other Recent Acquisitions.”

Free and open to everyone.

Read More >

DPAM Spring Exhibition Opening Reception with a set by DJ Sadie Woods

4/26/2018

Thursday, April 26, 6-8pm

Join DPAM for a public reception as we celebrate the openings of “Out of Easy Reach”, “BEVERLY FRESH: Really Somethin Else”, and “DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees and Other Recent Acquisitions. Chicago artist and DJ Sadie Woods will play a set inspired by themes and artists on view, including Afro-Latin and electronic music.

Free and open to everyone.

Read More >