Gallery of Reader's Art: Denenge in Chicago

Gallery of Reader's Art: Denenge in Chicago

Heather Blaha
Jan 12, 2007

Send in a photo(s) and the details of how you've used art in your home. Instead of a contest, we thought we'd go the slightly less-competetive route by asking for submissions and sending a thank you gift (An AT T-shirt or Book) to the first 30 entries posted across the four AT city sites this month. We'd love to show off your art, so don't be shy - send us some photos! Details here.

Bathroom Still Life

AT reader and Chicago artist Denenge was excited by our call to see art at home. Denenge does "installations at museums and galleries, and also designs interiors and luxury products such as silk/African textile pillowcases and poufs," which are evidenced in her at-home artistic choices.

She says, "This lucious and precious collection of utilitarian items from countries around the world makes me feel sexy every time I step in the bathroom!"

AND...Congrats, Denenge for your June 12 x 12 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rapunzel Revisited: An Afri-Sci-Fi Space Sea Siren Tale, and for being selected as one of the top ten exhibitions of 2006 in the Chicago Reader's Best Of issue!

Rapunzel Revisited exhibition, June 2006, MCA (Photo by Michael David Rose, copyright the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago)

Flower Pouf: "This wallhanging was created for my Super Space Riff sci-fi installation at Hyde Park Art Center. The flower pouf ottoman was created for the (NeoCon) Guerrilla Furniture and Art Truck Show for Kasia Kay Art Projects; it is similar to the interactive flower chairs featured in my installation Rapunzel Revisited: An Afri-Sci-Fi Space Sea Siren Tale at the MCA. While I do create functional furniture and homewares that have a more sleek modernist vibe, I am also interested in pushing the boundaries between function and conceptual art which is what led to the creation of all of these flower poufs. It's art but it's a really comfy chair. When you sit on one, you become like a bee in a flower!"

Dining Room Gallery: "For the the dining room/lounge area, I wanted to capture a salon vibe and was thinking of the painter (and inventor) Morse who captured a scene in the Louvre featuring a huge wall where all of the paintings were hung just inches from each other. I know that in some cultures, showing everything in your collection at once is akin to overeating, but I like the effect of being surrounded by all of the art that I love from people that I love, works that I have made an effort to collect and professionally frame. Plus, the tart green walls, warm orange glow from all of the lamps, and the furniture I built makes me feel really happy and cozy; it's a great little room for entertaining!"

Dining Room Gallery

Dining Room Gallery

(Thanks, Denenge!)

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