Sculptures by Thomas Skomski seen at Rockwell (CTA Brown), Chicago - Hidden Movers
Sculptures by Thomas Skomski seen at Rockwell (CTA Brown), Chicago - Hidden Movers
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Item Hidden Movers
Created by Thomas Skomski
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“Hidden Movers" (photographs, steel, wood; 2007) is Thomas Skomski's piece for the Chicago subways's Rockwell station.

This composition of industrial and natural materials symbolizes the delicate relationship between nature and humankind. Photographs of swiftly-flowing water reference the nearby Chicago River, and are suspended within glass and a structure of charred wood symbolizing the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

As the luminous images appear in perpetual motion and the burned wood speaks of disaster, we are reminded of the impermanence of nature, while the steel framework and bolt system indicate man’s ability to rebuild that which has been destroyed. The artist was inspired by the efforts of Friends of the Chicago River, an organization dedicated to restoring the fragile eco-system of the Chicago River.

Meet the Creator

Thomas Skomski

Thomas Skomski

Evanston, IL

Skomski received a B.F.A from the Northern Illinois University in 1972, and then a M.F.A from the School of the Art Institutue in Chicago in 1986. He worked as a Graphic Designer from 1972 to 1986, and then a Set Designer in Chicago. From 1983 to 1985 he was a Curator at MoMing Dance and Art Center. He had his first solo exhibition in 1988 at Pascal de Sarthe Gallery in San Francisco and since has had a number of solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.”

“Ideas, concepts, feelings, have the peculiar ability of being able to flip into their opposites, such as reality and illusion, figure and ground, the impersonal and the transpersonal.” Says sculptor Thomas Skomski, “The basis of my work lies within this interplay. I am drawn to materials which are apart of everyday experience. Differing levels of opposites are placed back to back. Objects are both seen and seen through. There is a moment prior to conceptualization which can be easily overlooked, when knowing and not knowing exist simultaneously. This simultaneous vision proves a valuable inconvenience.”

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