Review in The DePauliaFebruary 1, 2016
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Review in NewcityNovember 30, 2015
Read the most recent review of Matt Siber’s Idol Structures on art.newcity.com.
Idol StructuresOctober 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.”
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.
Julie Rodrigues Widholm makes Newcity’s Art 50 2015 list- Chicago’s Visual VanguardSeptember 21, 2015
Long heralded as a mecca for alternative practices, collectivity and socially engaged art, Chicago increasingly finds itself among the most visible international art destinations precisely because of its distinct character and openness to change and growth. What makes this city fertile ground for launching new talent and sustaining confirmed genius? A complex and ever-changing network of curators, collectors, administrators, critics, dealers, educators and other enthusiasts cultivate Chicago’s artistic vitality and diversity. The Art 50 is Newcity’s annual snapshot of Chicago’s art ecosystem. This year, we track the power players who shape the terrain in which we thrive.
The Art 50 was written by Elliot J. Reichert, Maria Girgenti, Abraham Ritchie, Kate Sierzputowski and B. David Zarley.
Closed for Installation
Please note, DePaul Art Museum will be closed to the public from April 25 through May 11, 2016 for installation. The museum will open again May 12 at 5pm for the reception of our spring exhibitions, “Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds,” and “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits.”Read More >
May 12, 5 – 8 pm
Join us for the opening reception of DPAM’s spring exhibitions, “Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds,” and “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits,” organized by the New Museum, New York. It’s sure to be a lively evening celebrating these two beloved Chicago-based artists.Read More >
Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits Gallery Tour
May 13, 2 pm
New Museum Assistant Curator Natalie Bell and artist Barbara Rossi will lead a guided tour of the exhibition Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits.
Free and open to everyone.Read More >