Artist: Kay Rosen
Location: Billboard at Milwaukee Leavitt
Drawing on her academic background in linguistics, Kay Rosen uses language as her primary material and subject, creating text-based works that explore the ways that language can be represented visually. Playing with different approaches to typography and layout, Rosen’s work often employs puns, anagrams, and textual puzzles, forcing the viewer to consider new ways of reading and approaching language. Rosen has a BA in Linguistics, Spanish, and French from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She attended graduate school in Linguistics and Spanish at Northwestern University. Rosen teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rosen’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions and projects at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the MIT List Visual Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand. She has also been included in notable group exhibitions such as Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at the Museum of Modern Art (2012), Prospect 1 New Orleans curated by Dan Cameron, and the 2000 Whitney Biennial. Her work is the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Norton Family Collection.
Location: Humboldt Boulevard Viaduct
Luftwerk’s TransLIT illuminates The 606 with dynamic projected video inspired by flora and fauna coupled with original music by Owen Clayton Condon at the Humboldt Boulevard overpass.
Luftwerk is the artistic vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Their art practice focuses on the exploration of what makes a space a place and how art plays a vital role within urban and natural environments. With each individual project, Luftwerk discovers and accentuates the unique connections between architecture, environment and the communities which interact within these places, transforming their experiences of space and site through light and sound.
With immersive light art installations at landmarks such as the AT&T Plaza in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Illinois, and Tampa’s Kiley Garden to name a few, Luftwerk installations open new aesthetic conversations within public spaces and landmark structures, encouraging viewers to perceive the environment, histories, and concepts surrounding them with a heightened awareness for meaning and place.