Opening Reception for Rube Goldberg’s Ghost: Confounding Design and Laborious Objects

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

1104 S. Wabash Ave., Glass Curtain Gallery 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Rube Goldberg’s Ghost: Confounding Design and Laborious Objects
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, First Floor
Feburary 28– May 4, 2013
Reception: Thursday, Feburary 28, 5-7pm

Rube Goldberg machines were never intended to actually be built and used. Goldberg’s cartoon images of impossibly complicated low-tech machines poked fun at bureaucratic systems and the laborious machinations required to traverse them. While Rube Goldberg took a light-hearted and humorous approach to serious public concerns, this exhibition presents objects that give plausible deniability (i.e. a wink and a nod) toward some of society's current obsessions, ills and issues. In the spirit of the Rube Goldberg machine, this exhibition examines social, cultural and design questions through ingenious d.i.y. engineering and 'what if' solutions.

Curated by Elizabeth Burke-Dain

Participating Artists:
Matthew Aron
Karen Bovinich
Brian Dettmer
Fischli & Weiss
Conrad Friedberg
Joan Giroux
Joanne Greenbaum
Joseph Hersher
Taylor Hokanson
Industry of the Ordinary
Heidi Kumao
Betsy Odom
Mark Porter
David Sprecher
Michael Thompson
Scott Wolniak

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