Why do I like miniature things, even if it is ceramic replicas of buildings damaged by bombings, they still look beautiful to me! Saw the work of Alison Ruttan at the Chicago Cultural Center, and in one of the Michigan Ave gallery rooms was displayed her “ceramic maquettes based on photographic documentation of recent global sites of conflict” They were beautiful in color and texture and in realism , but in subject, you had to think of the emptiness and loss that must have occurred to find these buildings in such different stages of rumble. I should have read her statement before viewing her photos installation, they creeped me out until I understood what it was about and the bombed out road installation was thought provoking too.
On this same visit, I attended the opening of a professor I had at the Art Institute several years ago. Ian Weaver presented his “The Black Knights’ Archive” exhibiting maps, film, and a remnants of a ship. I liked looking at his “ship” up close and found it more compelling for me to view it from a distance .