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Artist Erik L. Peterson Exhibits New Works at Waubonsee

"Plop Art," an exhibit by artist Erik L. Peterson, will offer a collection of the artist's new works.

Chicago artist Erik L. Peterson, known for making works that challenge the boundaries and expectations created by the interplay of our manufactured cultural and natural environments, brings his subtly perspective-altering art to Waubonsee Community College for a summer exhibit.

The Waubonsee Community College Art Department will host “Plop Art,” an exhibition by artist Erik L. Peterson, in the Arrowhead Room gallery in the Dickson Center on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

The exhibit will run from Tuesday, June 3, to Sunday, July 27. It will be free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sundays.

The exhibit will include such works as “Plop,” described as “a neon sign for a darkly humorous ice cream shop,” and “Drops,” a work created from the reconstituted remains of fallen ice cream cones, which have been remolded and refrozen into new perfect swirls.

Additionally, the exhibit will include, among other works, “Billboard Weaving,” a wall-length work created from two hand-woven found billboards; and “Reflecting Pool,” a circle of industrial reflective glass beads, similar to those used in crosswalks, spread across the gallery floor.

Exhibiting his work for more than a decade, Peterson is a public artist, sculptor and curator. He is best known for his “large-scale urban interventions and signature edible ice cream sculptures.”

Peterson said his works are designed to offer viewers “an intriguing cultural experiment … the alchemy of the real and imagined, an absurd chimera of what could be, what might be, and what already is.”

For more information on this Waubonsee exhibition, contact Art Coordinator Cecilia Vargas at cvargas@waubonsee.edu or (630) 466-7900 ext. 2964.

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