Art on the March has announced two new artists for the fall, both of which are big names in digital and video art. Yiyun Kang’s projections and the return of Charles Atlas’ videos will be played every night from mid-September to mid-November.
For those who haven’t been to the popular public art exhibition recently, Art on the Mart creates a video screen that spans the entire south façade of the Merchandise Mart (or rather, Chicago’s iconic building, The Mart, formerly known as the Merchandise). March). Obscura Digital in San Francisco audited: Installation in 2018 From The Mart just across the Chicago River, it’s a set of 34 floodlights that provide nearly one million lumens of light into the building. approximately 2.5 acres of exhibition in size. Their multi-million dollar installation was funded by the building’s owner, the Vornado Realty Trust. All these lumens are precisely targeted to illuminate only the building walls, not the hundreds of south-facing windows.
Free shows with accompanying voices are held every night and are best viewed from the Riverwalk on Wacker Drive, between Wells Street and Franklin Street.
The announcement describes Kang’s show, titled “Only in the Dark,” as a response to the “environmental crisis and the mind-blowing power and intelligence of artificial intelligence technologies.” The first scene brings to mind the changing nature of The Mart, the second is about the coexistence of nature and humans, and the last scene depicts a person dancing in the water.
Atlas’ projection titled “Geometry of Thought” was released for Art on the March in the fall of 2019 and is a combination of shapes and numbers that appear in eight chapters. (The Art Institute will also exhibit the video artist’s newly purchased piece “Years” in December.)
Both works will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each night from September 14 to November 15 and are best viewed from the Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street; more information at artonthemart.com