canadian artist ron terada who uses text, signage, advertising, and hollywood films in unusual and inventive ways to create cultural narratives. currently on at the museum of contemporary art is being there, terada's first museum solo exhibition in the u.s. that surveys work throughout his career. a common theme in the artist's work is the re-creation of signage. when put in a museum setting, these signs appear abrupt and enigmatic, manipulating what should be symbols of authority. in the early part of his career, terada created his ad paintings, made from artforum advertisements. at first glance these may appear straightforward, but are meant to examine the relationship between the artist and the institutions that showcase the art [on through jan 12]. location: 220 east chicago avenue [near north side].
© mca chicago - nathan keay / ron terada installation view