I am busy this week installing a new site-specific installation at the wonderful Ragdale House, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, In Lake Forest, Illinois. Come up and explore all the wonderful art being installed as part of this show, then maybe take a walk on the fabulous restored prairie and the incredlible gardens on the grounds! Here is the Press Release with the details :
Beginning October 9, the public is welcome to view the Ragdale House in a new way—as the site of its first installation by multiple artists, entitled “House, Dreaming.” More than 30 artists from a variety of disciplines have been invited to explore and interact with a space in the Ragdale House, the Lake Forest summer home of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. The site is also home to the fourth-largest artists’ community in the United States.
Throughout the month of October, the finished exhibit will offer a beautiful—and perhaps eerie—interpretation of what happens while the Ragdale House slumbers.
“House, Dreaming” is curated by bestselling author, artist, and Ragdale Board member Audrey Niffenegger; Director of Artists-in-Residence Regin Igloria; and Ragdale alumnus Shawn Sheehy. Exhibiting artists were selected for their connection to Ragdale as well as their ability to create art that transforms a place. Whether through sound, paper and fiber, or video, the artists will convert each room so that the viewer is able to see the space in a new way.
Because the installations are set in rooms of an historic home and not a traditional gallery, the experience is atypical. Visitors will climb into the attic to view an “automatic puppet show.” In another room, guests may sit down and peruse a transient library, composed of dozens of artists’ books. Even the exterior of the house will be transformed, set aglow with lanterns and light.
Members of the public are invited to the opening of “House, Dreaming” on Saturday, October 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm. To schedule a viewing or for more information, contact Regin Igloria at 847.234.1063, ext. 206.