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Here, there are three-dimensional artworks composed of bike reflectors, destroyed iPhones, nuts and bolts, and metal springs. There are unframed collages where cutout photographs of animals project outward like a pop-up book. Some of the artwork has been coated in resin, giving it the sheen of a tabletop in a diner. There are collages that step away from analog techniques, digitally printed pieces that are surreal and meticulously detailed.
Not only does “Medley” showcase different techniques, but it also gives the viewer a global understanding of the collage, featuring international artists like Caco Neves from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Ashkan Honarvar from Trondheim, Norway, while also representing local Chicago artists like Emily Haasch and Michael Waraksa. The variety of country and culture provides some insight as to how the art is evolving worldwide, and it also creates a diverse panorama of iconography throughout the exhibition.
It was the wide breadth of interpretation that made this show linger in my head. As I left the gallery it began to snow on that April night, but I didn’t care. I didn’t care about the ugly side of collage that mucked up my search engine, either, the wedding boards and baby-shower planning, because all of the images and thoughts in my head were fresh and unexpected. (Todd Renier)
Through May 31 at Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 West Cermak, unit 1B.