As a part of the ongoing commitment to art and the surrounding community, The James Chicago has collaborated with curator Anna Cerniglia, founder and creative director of Johalla Projects, commissioning Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn for the second installment of #jamespublicart in Chicago.
The new installation by Stephen Eichhorn features a single original artwork that is enlarged and divided between the two exterior frames on the east-facing sidewalk by The Patio at The James Chicago. Using collected historical botany textbooks and publications, Eichhorn painstakingly cuts out and layers plant components and minerals to wood panel, brass, and other materials to create intricately detailed collages of new micro-ecosystems. The artwork at The James reflects Eichhorn’s keen sense of cultivation and composition play—here, his collage seductively writhes, blooms, and swells to mesmerizing effect, creating an atmosphere that exists somewhere between lush flora and the elegantly exotic.
The installation marks Eichhorn’s first project with The James. His work has been exhibited at various local and national exhibition spaces, including the Elmhurst Art Museum and Ebersmoore in Chicago, CES Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Arts and Design and Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York. In fall 2016, Eichhorn was the subject of a solo exhibition at Johalla Projects, where he presented a number of unique collage and sculptural works comprised of new subject matter: minerals, fossils, gems, and rocks. In May 2017, Zioxla Publishing released Eichhorn’s first monograph entitled Cats & Plants.
Guests, passersby, and the local community are invited to join the conversation via social media with hashtag #jamespublicart. We’ll post select photos on JamesPublicArt.com - a home for images inspired by #jamespublicart at The James New York.