The Art of the Langham, Chicago

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Client: Langham Hospitality Group

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $5,000

Project Team

Artist

Lisa Frank

Interior Designer

Lauren Rottet

Rottet Studio

Art Consultant

Katherine Lo

Langham Hospitality Group

Interior Designer

David Rockwell

Rockwell Group

Architect

Richmond International

Richmond International

Architect

Dirk Lohan

Overview

First piece title: "When Walls Drop Away the Sky is Wide Open:" 88" x 120"Second piece title: "Leaf Damask:" 45" x 45."

Goals

The curatorial statement was "Bauhaus derivative." The challenge was to find artwork that would fit comfortably into the landmark Mies van der Rohe building in Chicago. Since Bauhaus had such an influence on modern art, the goal was to expand upon the Bauhaus influence in an organic style. Over 140 pieces of artwork were chosen for this project from a variety of disciplines

Process

Most of my photographs are presented in the form of repeating patterns that tile (like wallpaper) in any direction. For this project we took one of my pieces (originally sized at 40" x 40") and repeated it until the total square footage of 88" x 120" would be covered. The size of the motifs did not change but the number of times those motifs appeared did (both vertically and horizontally). This piece was then broken up into three separate, framed pieces that hung side by side. I supplied the Rottet Studio with an electronic file which was then sent to a specific printer and framer working on this project.

Additional Information

NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/a-place-to-stay-surrounded-by-works-of-art.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&adxnnlx=1382997753-ui5SOQ0P/wPFYWYnSkUhRw