‘Out of Rubble’ examines aftermath of current and past wars at NIU’s Jack Olson Gallery

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, “Iraqi Ditch,” 2005, oil on cast-pigmented hydrocal.
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, “Iraqi Ditch,” 2005, oil on cast-pigmented hydrocal.

Staff Report

DEKALB, Illinois — The Jack Olson Gallery at Northern Illinois University (NIU) presents Out of Rubble through Oct. 16. A reception and lecture by guest curator Susanne Slavick will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9.

Slavick’s own work, as an artist and as co-founder of 10 Years + Counting, led her to research and edit Out of Rubble (Charta, 2011), an anthology of works by contemporary artists who address the aftermath of current and past wars. The book includes essays by Slavick and Holly Edwards and works by numerous international artists from Diana Al-Hadid to Xu Zhen. A selection of these artists for the Out of Rubble exhibit at Jack Olsen Gallery include Taysir Batniji, Wafaa Bilal, Enrique Castrejon, Lenka Clayton, Decolonizing Architecture (with Sara Pellegrini), Jane Dixon, Monica Haller, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Karady, Osman Khan, Samina Mansuri, Simon Norfolk, Rocio Rodriguez, elin o’Hara slavick, Susanne Slavick and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz.

Out of Rubble reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically and spiritually. Out of Rubble presents works by artists who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery. The USA has now been involved in Afghanistan for more than 13 years, the longest war in this country’s history. It is still wrestling with the consequences of the wars in Iraq. As wars erupt and rage throughout the world, Out of Rubble remains all too timely.

The Jack Olson Gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to noon, Fridays. Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information, contact Peter Van Ael at pvanael@niu.edu or (815) 753-4521.

Posted Oct. 7, 2014

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