Sculpture Garden Installation: Mara Baker

Curated by RAC Freeark Gallery Director Claudine Isé

April 21 through mid-Summer 2018 (opening date may change)

View of Mara Baker installation at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014: "Chameleon Blind (2)," Plastic fencing, egg crate light grid, spray paint and plexiglass and other found residues.

View of Mara Baker installation at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014: “Chameleon Blind (2),” Plastic fencing, egg crate light grid, spray paint and plexiglass and other found residues.

The Riverside Art Center’s Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden will present a new, site-specific installation in our Sculpture Garden by Chicago-based artist Mara Baker, who says of her work: “The primary inspiration for my paintings, site-specific installations and animations comes from found materials and the recycled byproducts of my studio practice. I often work site-responsively in alternative raw spaces like repurposed factories and homes, treating the sites as an opportunity to engage with larger ecological issues of decay and life-cycles. My work also explores the interplay between the real and the representational, often using tactile materials that reference the language of formal painting.”

Additional details on the exhibition coming soon!

Mara Baker installation at The Franklin, Chicago. "Franklin Boulevard," 2013. Site responsive installation at The Franklin outdoor project space, Chicago IL. November, 2013. Materials and visual inspiration for the project were found along Franklin Boulevard. Found construction signs, reflective tape, spray paint and other found residues on constructed wood frame.

Mara Baker installation at The Franklin, Chicago. “Franklin Boulevard,” 2013. Site responsive installation at The Franklin outdoor project space, Chicago IL. November, 2013.
Materials and visual inspiration for the project were found along Franklin Boulevard. Found construction signs, reflective tape, spray paint and other found residues on constructed wood frame.