Cleve Carney Art Gallery Presents Luftwerk: 'Color Code' Oct. 12 to Nov. 18

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By Ann Fink

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., continues its 2017-2018 season with Luftwerk: “Color Code,” featuring the largest piece ever created in the gallery. The exhibit runs Thursday, Oct. 12, to Saturday, Nov. 18.

An artist reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and a tour led by Gallery Director Justin Witte will be held 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Admission to the exhibition and related events is free and open to the public.

Luftwerk, a collaboration of multimedia artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, creates art installations using light, color and material to augment experiences of space and site, blending history and contemporary media to open new aesthetic conversations. For Cleve Carney Art Gallery exhibition, Luftwerk is creating a 66-foot fluorescent mural lit by 27 feet of specialized LED lighting. The work, composed of nine sections (6-feet by-6-feet colored squares) applied to the gallery’s walls, merges the fundamental language of Morse Code with that of color theory. Using the dots and dashes of the universal call for distress, S.O.S., this work, configured with a variation on complementary color patterns, will create a playful visual excursion stretching across the entire west wall of the gallery. The exhibit has been selected as one of the Chicago Tribune’s 10 art events for Fall 2017.

“Petra Burmacher and Sean Gallero are two of the premier light artists in the country and we are very fortunate to be able to work with them on ‘Color Code.’  The installation they have created for the Cleve Carney Art Gallery is both an immersive color experience and an important statement in this time of social upheaval and change,” said Witte.

Luftwerk was formed in 2007 with the goal of creating a unified artistic vision that merges visual elements of light and projected video with sculptural facets of architecture and design.  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 Plano, Ill.;, Tampa’s Kiley Garden; P3 Studio in Las Vegas; the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi; and an abandoned Woolworth store in New Orleans, 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.

Luftwerk: “Color Code” may be viewed during regular gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and one hour prior to McAninch Arts Center performances and during intermission.

The gallery offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. Its goal is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programming that cultivate a variety of perspectives, and its the vision is to be one of the best centers of contemporary art in the Chicago area. Upcoming exhibitions include COD Faculty Exhibit, Dec. 2 to Jan. 20; and an exhibition of work by Faheem Majeed, known for transforming materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants into his art, Feb. 8 to April 7. For more information, visit or call (630) 942-3206.

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