chicago

Mr. Imagination

Carl Hammer Gallery

Mr. Imagination is a great redeemer, an artist who rescues and reclaims what has been debased, overlooked, and tossed away. His forays into the trash bins of modern America permit him to perform his acts of transubstantiation. Mr. Imagination takes special delight in this process of resurrection and reempowerment, and in his role as the means through which this occurs. He has known his calling since 1978, taking his new name and beginning his vocation as a self-taught street artist after recovering from serious gunshot wounds. His sandstone sculptures (carved with the use of a nail) of humans, animals, and words found an early following in Chicago, a city which has always shown great interest in outsider art, and where he began showing in galleries in 1983.

In this exhibition Mr. Imagination presented two recent bodies of work which show a bold shift in media. In the first, he takes

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