Sculptures by Sabina Ott seen at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago - who cares for the sky?
Sculptures by Sabina Ott seen at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago - who cares for the sky?

who cares for the sky?

Ott composed an 8,000-cubic-foot mountain out of polystyrene, plywood, industrial spray foam and paint inspired by Gertrude Stein’s “The World is Round” (1938), the cultural icon’s only children’s book. The story follows a little girl, Rose, in her struggle to climb a difficult mountain in order to understand the world better from the top.

Similar to Ott’s previous installations, such as her installation last year at the Chicago Cultural Center, “here and there pink melon joy,” this mountain creates an immersive space inviting exploration. Visitors may enter the depths of the mountain via a tunnel filled with treasures that leads to a small cave, or climb a stairwell leading to the peak. The tunnels, caves, and grottos will be filled with sound, cocooning visitors in Ott’s creative world. Along the interior walls, a smaller installation of precious artworks by nearly 100 artists invited by Ott to participate are arranged and attached by Ott into the mountain. The mountain’s intricacies completely envelop the visitors and transform the main gallery.

Meet the Creator

Sabina Ott is known for her broad range of work—from painting to installation to sculpture—and her central role in the art world as teacher, administrator, and recently, as the founder of the exhibition space Terrain, which invites artists to create installations and performances using the exterior of her Oak Park home. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Exhibiting since 1985, Ott has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions at institutions in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; and many cities across the US. Her work is included numerous institutional collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of Art. Critically, her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. In 2015, Sabina Ott was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and has completed a public art commission for the Chicago Transit Authority. Recent large scale installations have been mounted at solo exhibitions at the Bedford Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center and the Chicago Cultural Center. Sabina resides in Chicago where she is a Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago.

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