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dig. mine. core. erase.

1/14/2014 12:00 AM
2/20/2014 12:00 AM

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or by appointment
The President’s Gallery presents “dig. mine. core. erase.,” showcasing Chicago-based artists Amy 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. 

Contact Information

Jason Pallas
(312) 553-5738
President's Gallery (Room 1105)
30 E. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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