September 19 - October 21, 2018
A collaboration between Experimental Station and William Hill Center for the Arts that draws together multiple sites within a two-block radius through exhibitions, installations, and public events. "Environmental Concerns" invites artists and neighbors reflect on how the social environment we create can dialogue with environmental issues, both local and global.
Located just a few blocks south of Experimental Station is the William Hill Gallery, an intimate space for contemporary art located in the backyard of the house that William Hill inherited from his grandfather. Hill, an artist, curator, and botanist, has developed several additional sites all within a few blocks of his home and gallery, calling them the William Hill Sculpture Garden, Dorchester Botanical Garden, and The Woodlawn Botanical Nature Center (located at Hyde Park Academy High School). This project connects and amplifies the important neighborhood activity happening at Hill’s sites and Experimental Station.
Included in the project are William Hill’s “Native Plant Project,” drawings and paintings by Peter Gray, an ecology-themed film series with South Side Projections, “Chainsaw Lowering” by Erik Peterson, and an extinct animals zoo made by Rhonda Ghoulston and her students at Hyde Park Academy.
Organized by William Hill, Matthew Searle (Experimental Station), and Alpha Bruton (Phantom Gallery Chicago).
The William Hill Gallery, located in the Woodlawn-Hyde Park community of Chicago, exhibits the work of distinguished visual artists who are devoted to the critical investigation of nature, culture, race, gender and the postcolonial imagination. With an emphasis on painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation art, these artists highlight postmodern strategies, which challenge traditional modes of representation. William Hill Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition, scholarship and acquisition of 21st century contemporary art.
Alpha Bruton creates environmental art installations where objects and images are selected to “serve as cultural mirrors" and the sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary. She is also an art consultant, and chief curator for the Phantom Gallery Chicago.