Please join us for the opening June 1 from 6-9 pm, or at the artists talk and performance on June 16th at 3:30pm
Sell Me Direct – Erin Hayden & Jeff Robinson Project Statement
Sell Me Direct presents a two-person outdoor installation at the Evanston Art Center by Erin Hayden and Jeff Robinson. The work engages the east side of the Evanston Art Center facing the entrance, and will be installed on the building facade and gravel area that separates the building from the parking lot. Based on systems of spending and navigating, Erin Hayden and Jeff Robinson propose to each install a set of 3 pairs of interrelated works. Hayden’s installation consists of 3 large banners that fill the height of the EAC wall. Each banner consists of digitally collaged images which playfully navigate transitional retail spaces; from car to shop. Robinson’s installation will be located in front of the banner wall on the gravel area that separates the building facade from the parking lot. This work will consist of 3 sculptures (approx. 6ft tall), containing imagery culled from highway, road, and parking signage. In contrast to Hayden’s flat hanging mesh ground, Robinson’s work will consist of sculptural material meant to be viewed straight on, like the way we watch television, ready to consume all its messages. Erin Hayden and Jeff Robinson both explore the colloquial language of our urban context in their work.
The exhibition is curated by Mat Rappaport and Anne Hayden Stevens, curators of the Terrain Biennial in Evanston, at the invitation of Paula Danoff of the Evanston Art Center. In this installation, designed specifically for Side/Lot at EvanstonMade, the two artists exploit the liminal state of the parking lot. Robinson's sculptures point to the anxiety and heightened awareness we feel when in transition. Hayden's large banners explore the anticipation of acquisition: the excitement we feel when we walk into a place to make or buy something. As curators, we appreciate the way these two pieces enhance each other while having distinct visual language. The scale and visual vocabulary are harmonious with the outdoor site. The full installation is both whimsical and reflective, aesthetically powerful and gently humorous.