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Exhibition Reception for Tom Torluemke: Fearsome Fable – Tolerable Truth

January 20, 2013 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience the playful politically-charged art by Tom Torluemke, literally. This new immersive installation created for the Art Center features a 120 foot long mural and several abstract wooden sculptures intended to raise questions about the current economic, environmental, and social conditions of the United States.

Rendered in an exaggerated and illustrative style, Torleumke approach parallels the educational WPA murals during the depression to emphasize a call to action. The mural will be painted on boards and double-sided allowing viewers to physically turn it around at particular times during the exhibition, changing the gallery from a wasteland (on one side) to a utopia (on the other). While seeming to offer solutions, Tourlemke presents the ideal society in a suspiciously artificial way to caution that paradise is never what it seems to be.


January 20, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Chicago, 60615
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