Aug 29, 2009, 2:00 PM
In Project #12 Ruglio-Misurell transforms UIC's Gallery 400 into a total environment evocative of a shopping mall food court that has endured an undetermined event, possibly a disaster, abandonment or human havoc. Built from found, painted and handmade objects, Project #12 fluctuates between disorder and artifice. Evidence of human activity, from pieces of used clothing to burrows within piles to gloryholes is scattered within the installation. In a conflation of the public and private, Ruglio-Misurell builds parts of the public food court from shower doors and transplants urinals into the eating area.
Michael Ruglio-Misurell is an installation artist who has created and shown works in Chicago, Boston and New Jersey. He is a recipient of a 2009-10 Fulbright award to create a series of sculptural projects that explore monuments and ruins through the architecture of Berlin. He received an MFA in 2008 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Project #12 is supported in part by Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center and Recycling Systems Incorporated.