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Lilli of the Duality—MCA showcases new work by Chicago-artist Carré

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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago presents the first solo museum exhibition of Chicago-based artist Lilli Carré from December 17, 2013 to April 15, 2014. BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré features all new work including an experimental animation, several works on paper, and an installation of ceramic sculptures at the museum space on 220 E. Chicago Avenue.

Carré is best known for her award-winning comics, animated films, and commercial illustration, yet her interdisciplinary creative practice employs a wide range of media including printmaking, artists' books, painting, and most recently, sculpture. Carré's work explores team concepts of humor and failure; narrative and time; the human form and abstraction; and presence and mortality.

The MCA's Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Michelle Puetz has organized the show in a series of pairs, demonstrating Carré's interest in the connections and experiences that people have with a set of artworks. Sculptures are arranged on pedestals in twos, engaging in a type of conversation with each other and accompanying drawings, also exhibited in pairs.

A new work, made specifically for this installation, consists of two videos projected on opposite walls, positioning the viewer in the empty space between the animations. This dual projection reveals slowly shifting temporal relationships between images, which alternate between figures and abstractions. The artist encourages viewers to interpret this space and play an active role in filling the gap between objects and images, demonstrating her interest in narrative and storytelling.

The BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works exhibition series showcases the best new work being made in Chicago, regardless of the status of the artist's career, whether emerging or established, mid-career or undergoing reinvention.

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