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Chicago-based artist Sara Black and Aotearoa New Zealand artist Raewyn Martyn transform Gallery 1 into an immersive built landscape constructed in response to the far-reaching timber industry that grew out of the south branch of the Chicago River. The exhibition “Edward Hines National Forest” introduces a site-responsive installation that traces the material processing of trees - from plant to lumber and cellulose - to produce hybrid forms that expose the complex relationship between humans, the human-made and the larger ecosystem.
Edward Hines National Forest creates a temporary extension of the existing catwalk above the gallery space, enabling visitors to walk on and through the sculpture and painting. The lumber used to build the extension, and the cellulose extracted to create the biopolymer paint, are both derived from Diplodia pinea-exposed red pine trees grown in Hayward, Wisconsin. These trees are genetic descendants of the old-growth Northwoods fully deforested by the Chicago-based Edward Hines Lumber Company during the late 19th Century and early 20th Century; the disease is an artifact of such extractionist practices and the global trade of Diplodia-exposed nursery plants.
Edward Hines National Forest recognizes ongoing land use by humans as connected to past, present and future anthropogenic alteration of our ecological and climate systems. In 2017, as intensive land use continues, government environmental protections are diminished and staff of the USDA and Forest Service are censored from using the phrase ‘climate change,’ many question society’s support structures, systems, institutions and even the architecture of democracy itself.
Hyde Park Art Center is proud to be an anchor site for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which generously supports Edward Hines National Forest.
Support for Edward Hines National Forest is generously provided by: