Stacking Logics

Christine Tarkowski

Artist Bio

Stacking Logics is a series of twelve wallpapers, each with photographically repeating patterns that are derived from building methods that involve harvested agricultural materials such as rammed earth, woven reed, hay bales, corn cribs, and cinder blocks. The wallpapers are created with a technique called “Thermo-Forming,” also known as “vacuum forming.” The thermo-formed work in the Stacking Logics is produced as three-dimensional relief tiles. The work is photographically screen printed imagery onto plastics and styreens. The printed plastic substrate is heated and then “sucked” onto a three-dimensional master form. The relief of the form is transferred to the plastic, and echoed in the imagery of the screen print.

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Christine Tarkowski

Chicago, IL

Christine Tarkowski often exhibits her work on the exterior of buildings as public art or in collaboration with architects. Her projects have been commissioned by Chicago Percent for Art, (2001), Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, (2002), and the Block Museum, Evanston, IL, (2000). She has had solo exhibitions at Vedanta Gallery in Chicago, (1999), and has a solo exhibit coming up at UCLA Gallery of Architecture and Urban Planning. Other exhibits include; All that is Solid at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York (1999); Opening Our Doors at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design in New York (1998), and at Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN (1997). Her collaborations with architects include Stanley Tigerman Architects, Garofalo Architects, Valerio DeWalt Train, all of Chicago and Architecture Research Office, and Baratloo-Balch, both in New York. Her work is collected by the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, Smithsonian Institute.