"The Best Art In The World"
By PAUL LASTER, Oct. 2018
Witnessing the launch of Art on theMart on September 30th, the crowd of 32,000 spectators—many of them in town for Expo Chicago at Navy Pier—were spellbound, applauding uproariously after each of the four artists’ imaginative digital projections on the Chicago’s legendary Mart came to a close.
Featuring digital artworks by contemporary artists Diana Thater, Zheng Chongbin, Jan Tichy and Jason Salavon, the Art on theMart program began shortly after dusk and ran for 34 minutes, culminating in a one-minute pyrotechnic display. Thater’s True Life Adventures explores the plight of animals living in imminent danger of poaching in Kenya. Chongbin blurs the boundaries between classical Chinese ink tradition and Western pictorial abstraction in his Chimeric Landscape. Jason Salavon used image archives to create his fluid Homage in Between (Chicago Art, 20th Century). And Jan Tichy takes the work of seven Chicago artists, who considered nature to be a significant influence on their practice, as the point of departure for his Artes in Horto – Seven Gardens for Chicago.
Rather than having a singular point of view of what’s being billed as the world’s largest art projection, we decided to crowd source our visuals—tapping into the most popular and enticing photos and videos of Art on the Mart on Instagram. Scroll through imagery below to see the dynamic program via a variety of eyes. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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