Art & Art History
Voices: Andrea Bowers and Marcos Ram rez ERRE
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Auditorium
280 South Columbus Drive
Andrea Bowers s (born 1965) work explores recent histories of art and politics, amplifying questions of democracy and social engagement. For fifteen years, Bowers has investigated individual expression within society at large, including sports and rock fans, as well as political activists. By focusing on the pleas of everyday people, the work questions the notion of activism itself, and offers an elegant meditation on democracy. Bowers s work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna, Austria, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
Marcos Ramirez ERRE (born 1961) has been called one of the most trenchant observers of border culture for several years. Notable among his works that address the United States/Mexico border have been Toy Horse (1997), a wooden Trojan-looking horse installed at the border control station between San Diego and Tijuana, as well as Stripes and Fence Forever (Homage to Jasper Johns) (2000), a metal structure in which the two country’s flags are built as if they were the fence that divides Tijuana and San Diego.
Co-presented with the Visiting Artist Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.