Clayco Salon Series
Every three months, Clayco hosts a significant and established artist for our Salon Series. We present the artist’s imaginative work with our employees, friends and clients. The evening encourages discovery and discussion. This community commitment touches upon our mission of hospitably sharing our offices with our partners and friends and our mission to support meaningful and relevant artists, many of who have worked with us on large scale architectural projects and share our vision for the Art and Science of Building. Our current and past artist exhibits are displayed below.
Current Installation: Tom Robinson
Though we cannot gather, on floor 13 you can visit the meticulous and lovely work of Tom Robinson. Art satisfies the spirit and Tom’s work greatly resembles our mission of science and art.
Tom Robinson is an artist who has been living and making art in Chicago for over forty years. After years of running the Chicago Furniture Design Association and working with the Chicago Artist’s coalition to create Chicago Artist’s Month and the Chicago Art Open (which he co-hosted from 1998 thru 2000.) It was at that time that he started making natural wood mosaics.
The “Twins” series was conceived in 2007. He learned to “gang cut” his wood mosaics to provide a “reflection in the mirror” image. The first mosaic took eight months to complete. He has subsequently constructed 16 sets.
For more information about this artist, visit their website tomrobinsonartist.com.
Past Salon Artists
Sandro Miller is an internationally renowned photographer. Miller has worked closely with John Malkovich, Steppenwolf Theatre, Adidas, Allstate Insurance, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, BMW, Champion, Coca-Cola, Dove, Gatorade, Honda, Milk, Microsoft, Miller/Coors, Motorola, Nike, Nikon, Pepsi, Pony, UPS, the US Army and more.
Brandin Hurley a Chicago based installation artist with a background in Scenic Design, who has been practicing her art since receiving an MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2013. Although her mediums varies, her favorite element is light. She enjoys experimenting with light’s flexibility and ethereal effects.
For more information about this artist, visit their website: brandinhurleydesigns.com
Mauricio Ramirez is a visual artist creating contemporary murals, commercial, and fine art throughout the United States. His recent mural for Clayco’s A.M. 1980 project in Chicago’s Bucktown was designed to create a dialogue with the community by connecting them with a local cultural icon of the Logan Square Eagle. He wanted to incorporate the eagle into the mural but also create it new to reflect the energy of the A.M. 1980 project. For more on the project, click here.
For more information about this artist, visit their website: mauriciopaints.com
Jimenez Lai is a faculty member at UCLA and a founder of Bureau Spectacular. Lai has worked for various international offices, including OMA. He is widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of the book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. Lai has built numerous installations as well as being widely exhibited and published around the world. In 2012, Jimenez Lai has been named a winner to the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. Lai won the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale in 2013 and was represented in Taiwan for the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale.
For more information about this artist, visit their website: bureau-spectacular.net
Theaster Gates is an American social practice installation artist and a professor. Since 2011, Gates has been the Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. In this role, he oversees staff at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, a wide network of resident and visiting artists, community participants, programmatic partners, and friends. He is also a full professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he still lives and works.