Presenting at PechaKucha Chicago

I've got 6 minutes and 40 seconds to talk about my journey with light and glass at PechaKucha Chicago.

I'm presenting alongside 10 other Chicago area professionals including Maciej Kaczynski Architect, Studio Gang in Chicago, Garrett Karp Chicago Architecture Foundation in Chicago and Catherine Cox 4Seasons Global in Chicago. 

Should be a great evening. 

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Catching Light

20 slides x 20 seconds each at PechaKuchaChicago 

Tuesday, September 5th 8pm | Martyrs | 3885 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 

Ideas. Stories. Art. Music. Social Activism. Food. Beer.

Tickets in advance are recommended

Grow | re-imagining urban spaces

Enjoyed working on a massive canvas for Evanston Streets Alive 2016 to offer pedestrians a moment of surprise. Grow transforms built world elements into organic, growing foliage. Realized in chalk, the piece offers an ephemeral experience, consistent with the constant change and transformation we find in nature. Living well in urban settings requires new ways of seeing beauty and staying connected to the natural world.

bike lane stencil | nature meets city

bike lane stencil | nature meets city

UrbanVines: nature meets city

I have an image of ivy growing on a crumbling concrete wall in my studio. I love the image of nature connecting with the built world; constant change and transformation happening on different time scales. I often circle back around to 'how do I grow ivy on a concrete wall?' Working on the installation plan for a temporary street intersection mural brought me back to cement board as a gorgeous textured canvas perfect for my work in glass. 

Nature meets city in UrbanVines.

UrbanVine 1.1 | glass and paint marker on cement board | 14"x14" c Heather Hancock 2016

UrbanVine 1.1 | glass and paint marker on cement board | 14"x14" c Heather Hancock 2016

UrbanVine 2.1 | glass and paint marker on cement board | 14"x14" c Heather Hancock 2016

UrbanVine 2.1 | glass and paint marker on cement board | 14"x14" c Heather Hancock 2016

Grow: Urban palettes + textures

Super excited to be creating another temporary public art installation. This time using spray chalk on an asphalt canvas at Main and Custer as part of this Sunday's Evanston Streets Alive event.

This project brings together my passion for bringing the natural world into urbanscapes and my growing interest in temporary public art. Working with temporary materials offers an ephemeral visual experience for pedestrians, echoing the constant transformation and changes we see in the natural world. 

I've re-worked one of my core visual concepts Grow as a large-scale intersection installation to offer pedestrians a moment of surprise and discovery. Borrowing from the streetscape palette, the installation will be created in weathered whites with pops of safety green and orange. 

concept Grow | nature meets city | c Heather Hancock 2016

concept Grow | nature meets city | c Heather Hancock 2016

Urban palettes

The most compelling aspect of working with glass is the way the material loves light, sparkling and shimmering to engage a viewer. Many of the images I take involve light and shadow. I get to the Lake Michigan lakefront as often as possible, usually in the morning, and am amazed at the constant variation in light and palette and texture of the lake bounded by rock and sky. I am starting to explore how to translate this sometimes subtle light and color into a shimmering glass palette in a spare yet luminous art object.

Urban palettes: Lake Michigan | 14"x14" 

The starting point for this exploration is using an image from a specific date to develop this palette and vocabulary. 

work-in-progress | Urban palettes | Lake Michigan May 03 2016 | 14"x 14"

work-in-progress | Urban palettes | Lake Michigan May 03 2016 | 14"x 14"

work-in-progress | Urban palettes | Lake Michigan May 28 2015 14"x14"

work-in-progress | Urban palettes | Lake Michigan May 28 2015 14"x14"

work-in-progress | Urban palettes | Lake Michigan Feb 16 2016 14"x14"

work-in-progress | Urban palettes | Lake Michigan Feb 16 2016 14"x14"