During the month of April, ART ON ARMITAGE window gallery will present an installation by former Chicago Art Department artists-in-residence Stacy Peterson, Pei San Ng and Amie Sell. This collaboration explores the Golden Age, the era that we are just waking up to. It is a time of unity, harmony and prosperity.
The project began with a simple, gold shape – a circle within a square. The circle represents the universal and infinite nature of energy, while the square is grounding. Together, this stabilizing shape symbolizes balance and integrity. It is what we as individuals seek in our quest for happiness. The gold color expresses light, like the dawn of a new day. These pieces join in an elaborate design, in the hopes to remind us to play and create lightness in our lives.
This concept evolved from a trip to Creative Reuse Warehouse with the aim of constructing an art installation made of recycled materials. Using leftover industrial hardware and metal wires, the parts were woven together to create connections, building something bigger than the single item. The nebulous, cloud shapes are a visual representation of how people work together to create communities, social networks and how molecular structures build. It is also a play on cloud computing which relies on the sharing of resources rather than storing information on local servers. A wholeness or oneness is created out of the individual pieces. And in the words of Aristotle, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.