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  Gallery Performance: Sandra Binion, Random Lines in Tereglio with Lou Mallozzi, Hal Rammel and Andrea Raos   


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Gallery Performance: Sandra Binion, Random Lines in Tereglio
with Lou Mallozzi, Hal Rammel and Andrea Raos.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
A free event

Please join us for an afternoon poetry and improvised music performance with Sandra Binion, one of the artists in our current exhibition, The Art of Description. Her bilingual poem, Random Lines in Tereglio, will be read in English and Italian by the artist and Andrea Raos; they will be accompanied by sound artists Lou Mallozzi and Hal Rammel.

The poem Random Lines in Tereglio appears as wall text in Sandra Binion's installation. “I like the idea of the wall as illuminated manuscript”, says Sandra Binion. “It is also a piece of music; there is a rhythm among the images, words, and spaces of silence.”

“When I was making the work in Italy, surrounded by friends who speak a language I only partly understand, I’d pick out every fifth word, and my sense of the conversation was assembled from those fragments, those details. The work is like that. I assemble meaning from impressions. I think with the senses, not in a linear way but with gesture, rhythm and movement. Putting the fragments together is a desire to communicate, and the images and writing come from this sense of being inside and outside at the same time.”

The text, paintings, video and photographs of her installation were first shown in a solo show, Rough Beauty, in the village of Tereglio Italy in 2012. The work is a response to Tereglio’s mountainous beauty and isolated serenity, which evolved into a personal and complex exploration of beauty in its most unlikely forms – discarded objects, weather-worn walls, lifeless plants.

The Art of Description exhibit addresses how visual artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point of evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. The works included focus on still life, landscape, and portraits that emphasize the quiet meditation of these subjects. Organized by Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton of the ISM Chicago Gallery

Artists: Sandra Binion, Peter Butterfield, Steven Carrelli, Richard Deutsch, Laura Letinsky, Tim Lowly, Michael Mahoney, Karen Perl, Zack Sabin.

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, 100 West Randolph, suite 2-100, is located in the James R. Thompson Center and is one of five art sites around the state featuring Illinois artists and works from the Museum’s permanent collection. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, closed state holidays. The Gallery is free and wheelchair-accessible. Tour and school groups are welcome. Please call for appointments for guided tours at 312-814-5322. Visit our website at:

High resolution images are available upon request. Contact Doug Stapleton (312) 814-5320 or


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