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Terrain Biennial Evanston: Rose Camastro-Pritchett Cocoons

  • 1100 Florence Gallery 1100 Florence Avenue Evanston, IL 60202 United States (map)
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1100 Florence Gallery is thrilled to be a host site for this year’s Terrain Biennial Evanston, Oct. 1 - Nov. 15. One of 19 locations hosting art installations in Evanston, 1100 Florence hosts artist Rose Camastro-Pritchett’s Cocoons. Rose’s Cocoons will be on display in the windows of the gallery, along with an interactive outdoor feature on Florence Ave. side of the building.

Terrain Biennial Evanston Events: Block Party Sunday, Oct. 6, along Florence Ave, 2-6p, Cocoon Performance and Artist Performance and Talk Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1100 Florence Gallery, 2:30p

Cocoon: Living in different countries and cultures changed me. What was initially foreign became ordinary, cultural lines blurred. The Cocoon is my metaphor for this journey. The cocoons in this installation are the result of performances where individuals were wrapped and sewn into yards of sheer cloth, forming a cocoon; at the end of each performance, they were cut out. I have reworked these cocoons – the remains of the passage- into fiber sculptures that hold their stories. 

Bio: Rose Camastro-Pritchett is a visual and performance-art artist whose work is informed by her experiences living in Saudi Arabia, Europe, North Wales and China. After many decades, she has returned to Evanston where she grew up.

1100 Florence Gallery is an artist-run space focused on building community through the arts and food and fun. Located in the West Village Arts District of Evanston, 1100 Florence Avenue was built in the 1930s as a Polish Meat Shop, then turned into Greenleaf Cabinets, and is now a live-work space occupied by Lisa Degliantoni, Senior Curator of Evanston, and Dave Ford, Contracptionist and Conceptual Artist, and their two sons and four chickens and an angry house bunny. During October and November, visual artists Duncan Robert and Anderson and Visit

Terrain Biennial Evanston Events: Block Party Sunday, Oct. 6, along Florence Ave, 2-6p, Cocoon Performance and Artist Performance and Talk Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1100 Florence Gallery, 2:30p

Terrain Biennial Evanston

Terrain Biennial Evanston is a temporary public art exhibition running in Evanston for six weeks (October 01-November 15, 2019). It is a local effort by Evanston artists to contribute artwork to the international Terrain Biennial centered in Oak Park, IL. Art will be in the front yards of Evanston homeowners and visible to the public for the duration of the exhibition. Each front yard will have an original installation designed by an artist or artist team to respond to this year’s Terrain Biennial theme. In 2017, with the help of the Evanston Arts Council, we hosted the Biennial with 10 artists at nine sites; this time we will have 19 artists and 19 host sites. We have added an additional curator in Evanston, doubled our Evanston hosts, and Terrain has become a non-profit to support their expanding program. Artists and hosts volunteer to participate in the Biennial: there are currently no honoraria or funding sources for the artists. Over 500 artists at over 250 sites will participate worldwide in the Terrain Biennial 2019. 

The front yards are on a walkable route on the north south axis of Wesley and Florence; bounded by Church and Dempster. 19 artists in total will participate, 9 of whom are Evanston and vicinity residents. This doubles our host and artist participation over the 2017 Terrain Biennial. This international exhibition has a strong concentration of projects in the Chicago area and in the Midwest, but neighborhoods across the US and the world are participating this year. Since the artworks are located in neighborhoods, the projects are free to access and bring contemporary art to local communities.  

Opening events for the Terrain Biennial will be on the weekend of October 4-6, 2019. Terrain Biennial Evanston will host a block party on the 1100 block of Florence, which is the home to three Terrain sites. This block party will coincide with the Evanston Made Fall Studio Tour and Evanston's First Saturday gallery openings and events. Host sites on Garrison Street are also planning an event which will occur over that weekend for the four installations occurring on that block, home to Cortney Lederer, our new Evanston curator.

Attendance is hard to gauge as the art is all free and open 24 hours for public viewing.  The 2017 Terrain Biennial Evanston was covered in the Evanston Round Table and Daily Northwestern.  We hosted a full map and record of artworks in the2017 Terrain Biennial Evanston on the V1B3 website. 

Photography by Lisa Nordmann