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Architectural work featured in new exhibitions at U. of I. gallery in Chicago

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Mary Antonakos, I space coordinator


dramatically lit elongated sculpture composed of circular elements
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"Nuclear Beanstalk" from the "Lampapalooza: Ana Levan and Julie Force" exhibition.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Work by architects and architecture students will be featured in three exhibitions Feb. 4-26 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

• “Lampapalooza: Ana Levan and Julie Force” showcases sculptural light pieces that combine found objects and various light sources. U. of I. architecture students Levan and Force created the work while exploring light qualities and effects as part of an independent-study course with architecture professor Jeffery Poss.

two-dimensional circles in varying shades of blue, arranged in a sphere and interally illuminated inside a box
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"Turkey" from the "Lampapalooza: Ana Levan and Julie Force" exhibition.

• “Johnsen Schmaling Architects: Extending the Surface” focuses on the award-winning design work of Brian Johnsen and Sebastian Schmaling. The exhibition illustrates the
Milwaukee-based architects’ concept of “the extended surface,” in which they view a building as “a complex, deeply layered construct that can assume spatial qualities, thus blurring the boundaries between exterior and interior, public and private, and foreground and background.” Included in the exhibition are drawings, models and photos of their work. The exhibition catalog includes an introduction by Rodolfo Machado, an architecture professor at Harvard, and an essay by architecture professor Don Hanlon of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

internally lit orange circle with black circular coil on black field resembling the reverse of a stove-top coil when hot
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"Red Meat" from the "Lampapalooza: Ana Levan and Julie Force" exhibition.

• “Chicago Architectural Club Members Exhibition” is an annual show exploring Chicago architecture through a review of members’ current work. The exhibition includes sketches, drawings and photographs.

An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.

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