The President’s Gallery presents “dig. mine. core. erase.,” showcasing Chicago-based
Babinec, Marissa Lee Benedict, and Erin Washington. This exhibition features
the artists’ talents for exposing otherwise hidden histories. Washington involves visitors to the
exhibition to participate by writing on a chalk panel.
About the artists
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 and scavenges
debris (old bottles, ceramics, photographs, etc.) for use in her meticulously
crafted paintings and drawings.
Marissa Lee Benedict researches and
experiments 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.