Christopher Wilmarth

The Arts Club of Chicago

Christopher Wilmarth developed a kind of melancholic minimalism during his brief career. Bending plates of steel and glass into new profiles, he offered the hallmarks of sturdy modernist rectangularity as fragile and evanescent. He suffused the plates with a brooding intensity by altering their pristine surfaces, weathering steel with painterly stains and rust, frosting glass with atmospheric washes of hydrfluoric acid. Glass—simultaneously weighty and weightless, present and absent, cool solid and hot liquid—particularly fascinated him. Wilmarth saw in the indeterminacy of glass an ambiguity and inconstancy that paralleled his own intuitive take on geometric abstraction. His work constantly shuttles between literal and poetic, modern and timeless, machine and human.

This exhibition included sculptures and works on paper realized between 1969 and 1987, the year of the artist's

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