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"

Reflect | urban vocabulary

Glass loves light. Reflecting, shimmering, sparkling, refracting. I work with glass to create luminous experiences that change with motion and light.

I think a lot about what draws our attention, and why. An element of surprise or unpredictability always makes us notice. In among the repetitive forms of our cityscape, fluidity of light and reflection, unusual perspectives and juxtapositions take on the qualities of the natural. So many of those moments involve glass. The perfect Miesian grid or the undulating balconies of the Aqua building offer endless visual interest when we consider architecture in interaction with movement and light. I use glass to re-create those moments and to offer a sustaining viewing experience that is infinitely variable.  

New work in Reflect series is underway in grayscale.

Reflect 3.2 | Aqua 24"x24" : Reflect 4.1 | Chase tower 24"x24" : Reflect 2.3 | Mies 900 LSD 24"x24"

Reflect 3.2 | Aqua 24"x24" : Reflect 4.1 | Chase tower 24"x24" : Reflect 2.3 | Mies 900 LSD 24"x24"

EvanstonMade | new work

EvanstonMade is coming up in June. I'm excited to develop a new graphic concept...with a new presentation. Here's a sneak peek at some preliminary pieces.

Ocean | San Diego glass+grout | 10"x10" > 14"x14" framed c Heather Hancock 2016

Ocean | San Diego glass+grout | 10"x10" > 14"x14" framed c Heather Hancock 2016

Lake | Chicago glass+grout | 10"x10" > 14"x14" framed c Heather Hancock 2016

Lake | Chicago glass+grout | 10"x10" > 14"x14" framed c Heather Hancock 2016

Spring | Chicago glass+grout | 10"x10" > 14"x14" framed c Heather Hancock 2016

Spring | Chicago glass+grout | 10"x10" > 14"x14" framed c Heather Hancock 2016

San Diego views

I'm delighted to have completed artwork for the Kaiser Permanente hospital support building in San Diego. Integrating natural and vernacular imagery with a bold San Diego palette, the pieces will create shimmering visual features for three waiting areas. Some of the imagery needed to be developed across multiple vertical panels given they will hang on curved walls. 

Artwork is en route to San Diego and I am looking forward to final in situ images. 

Here are preliminary images of the three series.

View | bridge 4@16"x30" c Heather Hancock 2016

View | bridge 4@16"x30" c Heather Hancock 2016

View | mountains 5@16"x30" c Heather Hancock 2016

View | mountains 5@16"x30" c Heather Hancock 2016

City | San Diego skyline 3@24"x24" c Heather Hancock 2016

City | San Diego skyline 3@24"x24" c Heather Hancock 2016

Pop-up Gallery

Fantastic turn out for our pop-up gallery on a snowy January evening. Work hangs through February and can be seen by appointment with any of participating artists.

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery 

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

Artificial Turf: Pop-up gallery | Evanston, IL

12 North Shore artists you'll want to know about in 2016

Looking forward to this Saturday's pop-up art show with a group of 12 North Shore artists working in various media. 

Inspired by the Evanston location--and the awesome brick walls of the warehouse--I'm showing pieces from the series View

In View, I explore the rhythm and spare beauty of urbanscapes. Power lines create criss-crossed frames of sky and the architectural elements of familiar Evanston facades offer variation in line and form.

Living in urban settings requires new ways of seeing beauty and staying connected to nature. While nature gives us a perfect balance of repetition and variation, the built world can read as a highly repetitive sequence of precision architectural materials and chaotic transitions. Discovering points of intersection between the built and natural world is a strategy for thriving on our ‘artificial turf.’ 

View 2.2 | Hinman and Kenzie | 20" x 20" mixed media with glass 

View 2.2 | Hinman and Kenzie | 20" x 20" mixed media with glass 

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Proust project at KEN SAUNDERS GALLERY

Wonderful evening celebrating the launch of Dr. Virginia Barry's Scratch and Sniff Proust and the art pieces I developed as visuals for the book.

Friday opening | Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

Friday opening | Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

Author Virginia Barry (left) and artist Heather Hancock (right)

Author Virginia Barry (left) and artist Heather Hancock (right)

Saturday morning artist and author talk

Saturday morning artist and author talk

Saturday morning artist talk

Saturday morning artist talk

Proust project | Hawthorns, Madeleines and Combray @ 24"x32"

Proust project | Madeleines and Combray 12"x16"

Proust project | Madeleines and Combray 12"x16"

Proust project | 9 pieces at 12"x16"

Jacket design by Heather Hancock

Jacket design by Heather Hancock

sample art page | with images by Heather Hancock | Flourish