5 to October 18, 2014
The Pleasure of Getting Lost
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interdisciplinary work in Lilli Carré’s
second solo show at Western Exhibitions takes the maze as a
point of inquiry and departure. She will present work in the
form of drawings, book, and animation, exploring the human fascination
for constructing mazes specifically to spend time getting lost
within them, and for the hope or delight of resolution. The
show opens on Friday, September 5 with a free public
reception from 5 to 8pm and runs through October 18,
2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
Mazes offer an unusual kind of headspace, providing ways to
experience losing awareness of oneself while being extremely
focused on where one is at the same time. For Carré,
mazes are ways to set up and depict structures of time, play,
and choice; structures created to lose, find or study oneself.
Carré’s graphic investigations draw upon the human
obsession with mazes of all forms, across time and different
cultures, in both myth and experience.
In Gallery 1, Carré presents a series of complex mazes
as overhead diagrams that she draws for herself, and then immediately
attempts to solve. She separates the solution from the maze,
letting the structure and the solution exist as separate images.
The solution line drawing marks the particular path of impulsive
decision-making, a path of thinking through a nonstop series
of decisions, like any regular day in our lives, or as a trail
and shape of a lifetime of choices from beginning to end.
Two large-scale drawings and an accordion book approach the
maze form as fragmented imagery, dislocated from an original
context. The space of the page is divided by a series of corners,
edges, and panels, to be read as a diagram more akin to how
time is read on a comics page. Figures are obscured as they
weave through and interact with the lines and panels around
them, which act as physical walls and borders on the page. A
monitor in the gallery shows a looped animation of a crowd briskly
moving through a blank, congested maze-like space from above.
Figures face and swerve around each other, all focused on their
Gallery 2 will feature a looped projection of a hand-drawn animation,
leading the viewer on a journey through a maze in the first-person
perspective, reminiscent of a maze in a video game or of the
gallery space itself. As the viewer is lead through the virtual
space, the figures and shapes on the periphery flicker, morph,
and pass by, evoking the sensation of feeling lost, confused,
electric and untethered when in an unfamiliar place.
Lilli Carré (American, b. 1983), an
interdisciplinary artist currently living in Chicago, is best
known for her comics, animated films, and commercial illustration.
Her creative practice employs a wide range of media including
printmaking, artists’ books, drawing, and ceramic sculpture.
Her animated films have been shown in festivals throughout the
US and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she
is the co-founder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation,
now in its 5th year. Her most recent collection of comics, Heads
or Tails, will see its second printing from Fantagraphics
Books in January 2015. Her work has appeared in The Believer
Magazine, the New Yorker, The New York Times,
Best American Comics and Best American Nonrequired
Reading. Her recent BMO
Harris Chicago Works solo show at the MCA
Chicago was reviewed in the Chicago
Chicago Reader. She has been included in shows at the Columbus
Museum of Art in Ohio, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
in Wisconsin, the Museum of Cartoon Art in San Francisco, and
the Depaul University Art Museum in Chicago.