Dan Peterman

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago / Feigen Gallery

With a studio located in a Resource Recycling Center, Dan Peterman links material transformations to current environmental politics, pushing them to imaginative and artistic extremes. His grasp of complex economic systems is sophisticated; his materials, such as reused plastics and industrial waste-products, ordinary and plain. Carefully researched, site-specific and conceptually expansive, Peterman’s sculptural installations often look casual and familiar and escape the pieties of much ecological art possibly because they appear playful and peculiarly paradoxical.

He renamed recycled plastics “post-consumer plastics,” shaping them into nonfunctional octagonal tires, exaggeratedly elongated picnic tables, or countless floor panels; he melted yellow garbage sacks from Germany to make a funky set of Flintstone-style plastic tableware and utensils. But in Sulfur Cycle, a more restrained esthetic

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