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The Blue Parrot

Solo Exhibition + Residency

Chicago, IL
March 5 & 8


The project was made possible thanks to the support of Emilio Williams and Dr. Robert Murphy


locally sourced clay, steel spoons, brick
entrance installation

“A single animal’s rebellion rendering mass destruction while also clearing the stage for a phatasmagoric theater of the future. Old Chicago burned to the ground and modern Chicago grew.”- Hannah B. Higgins

The famous cow mythology marks a genesis of Chicago’s grid, reflected in its’ brick buildings. After the devastating fire on October 8,1871 Joseph Mendill proclaimed in the Chicago Tribune, “Modern Chicago would be a grid” This installation presents a spectral reordering of grids that lay beneath Chicago’s material and discursive history within The Blue Parrot,  located on 1924 N Halsted St: 41°55’00.3”N+87°38’55.1”W:3.5 miles away from the Zero-Zero Point of the Chicago grid. It consists of unfired spheres and ash held in iron spoons protruding from a brick wall in  the entrance way of The Blue Parrot. The clay was collected from various construction sites in Chicago.

Field Notes:
Clay collected from  various locations throughout Chicago Metro Area: Milwaukee Ave, Division, Christiana St, Windy City Antique Brick Company etc.