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Alex Chitty: Turning Spoons into Forks

Artist Alex Chitty liberates ordinary objects from their mundane life in her solo show Turning Spoons into Forks. Muted elements of our complex and vibrant physical surroundings are intentionally amplified in Chitty’s work. Through the studied placement of objects, photographs, and sculptures, she assembles artworks-as-physical-invitations that ask viewers to regard detail and quirk. Her solo exhibition at the Art Center highlights new and recent conceptual work in sculpture and photography that draw from historical furniture design and commercial storefront display.

  • January 17, 2016 – April 3, 2016
  • Cleve E. Carney Gallery
Ptng#12 (Swipe), 2016, Walnut, painted steel, nickel-plated steel, altered spoons, cotton, nylon, lucite, xerox print, teak hull plug, cast brass, 70 x 50 x 7 inches

It wouldn't take much to turn a spoon into a fork.

According to Chitty, “It wouldn’t take much to turn a spoon into a fork. You could cut away the center of the spoon bowl, and leave two prongs remaining. You could simply label it as a fork, or just use it in exactly the same way a fork is used. Is a spoon still a spoon if it is used like a fork?”

This association between objects and their use inform assumptions that direct the way we approach and value an item. Additionally, the comparison of elements and textures in Chitty’s work—combining porcelain, steel, digital photography, and fabric, among other materials—help construct new narratives that transcend the object and offer it up for new interpretations.

About Alex Chitty

Alex Chitty (b. 1979, Miami) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Her present work is characterized by a strong sculptural quality that brings forth a reservoir of memories onto new contexts through methods of collection and interpretation. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Smith College (MA) and a Master in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is Professor in the Sculpture and Printmedia departments. Her works have been exhibited in galleries across Chicago, and across the United States. She is currently represented by Patron (Chicago).

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