The show date is fast approaching!
I've recently been commissioned by the Soho House Chicago for an installation project. It's a part of the kickoff event for their Architecture week, lining up with Chicago's Architecture Biennial. They had seen my previous project Rise from the Ashes and contacted me to do something similar. So I'm doing a projection mapping installation, using the bookshelf structure in the Music Room.
I like to add a touch of narrative to the things I make, so I turned to The Devil in the White City for some juicy story about an architect and a murderer in the 1893 World's Far. But also, knowing the gritty details of the Fair and the nutty architectural challenges they faced offered a new perspective on the magnitude of the city today. So I went with juxtaposing the World's Fair with today's cityscape. And reimagining the two historic figures from the fair's era, architect Daniel Burnham and serial killer H. H. Holmes. Burnham's side of story embodies innovation and dreams coming true... right alongside Holmes' story, where darkest nightmares and injustice linger. It seems to me that 122 years after the World's Fair, the City of Chicago still lives in this dichotomy.
The reveal of this project is in one week. It'll be installed only the day before the show, so until then, I won't be seeing the final product... That's scary!! I've even been hesitant about telling a lot of people for a while. What if I invite them and it sucks...? Ha
Whatever, the surprise is a part of the fun anyway. And I'm collaborating with some very talented people to make this happen. I can't wait to see it come together. Will even half my vision translate to reality...?
Hope so, 'cuz in my head, it looks pretty dope.