• Dig.mine.core.erase @ Harold Washington College (January 9th, 2014)

    Dig.mine.core.erase @ Harold Washington College (January 9th, 2014)

    dig. mine. core. erase.

    30 E. Lake St., 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

    Two public receptions will be held on Tuesday, January 14:
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, presents “dig. mine. core. erase.,” featuring Chicago-based artists Amy BabinecMarissa Lee Benedict, and Erin Washington.   This exhibition will feature the artists’ various tactics for exposing otherwise hidden histories – by excavating abandoned mines, by taking tree core samples, and by revealing erasure marks.  dig. mine. core. erase. will present a wide variety of artistic media – painting, drawing, photography, video, collage, sculpture, and text.  

    Amy Babinec has spent the past few years investigating abandoned, collapsed coalmines in southern Illinois, and the resulting phenomenon of subsidence that causes giant sinkholes, which can devour houses and ruin the landscape.  She documents the sites in place and scavenges the dated detritus (old bottles, ceramics, photographs, etc..) for use in her meticulously crafted paintings and drawings. 
    Marissa Lee Benedict utilizes her position as “a public amateur” to research and experiment with various scientific functions.  She has recently been employing dendrochronology, which uses tree-core samples to analyze the tree rings for the purposes of dating climate change and past geologic events.  She presents her work as documentary photographs and videos, alongside aestheticized presentations of the core samples from a wide range of tree types.
    Erin Washington submerges to psychological depths to reveal hidden layers of emotion and discomfort.  She extends her practice with this exhibition by inviting members of the Harold Washington community to contribute to a daily routine of writing on a chalk panel.  She also presents small paintings and collages.