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Photographs, video installation and sculpture to open at I space Feb. 7

Melissa Mitchell, arts writer; 333-5491;
Mary Antonakos, I space coordinator (312) 587-9976


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Photographs reflecting an architecture professor’s field work in China, and a site-specific video installation and sculpture will be on view next month at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The exhibitions, which run from Feb. 7 through March 8:

orange dot "Inalterable Dreams: The People and Architecture of Chinese Folk Environments," featuring color photographs by James Warfield, the ACSA Distinguished Professor in Architecture at Illinois. The exhibition, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Tongji University/University of Illinois Summer Program in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, documents Warfield’s field research among the living and working environments of vernacular communities across China from 1988-2003. The exhibition opened at the Deke Erh Art Center, Shanghai, in January; it will travel to the Urbana campus and to Tongji University in Shanghai.

orange dot "Each/Other: Vanishing Point" combines sculpture and video by Gillian Brown and Inga McCaslin Frick. Brown, a photographer and conceptual artist, and Frick, a painter, began collaborating in 1997, after discovering a shared interest in exploring themes relating to consciousness: the formation and dissolution of perception, memory and identity. The exhibition includes individual and collaborative work by the two artists, including "Each/Other," a haunting video installation – presented in a dark space with reflective surfaces – that opens with the image of a swimmer.

An opening reception for both exhibitions is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the gallery, 230 S. Superior St., second floor, Chicago.

I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m .