off the wall: Joel Ross 'THE EVER'

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to Monday, November 30, 2015

Monique Meloche Gallery is pleased to announce our second off the wall season, which will feature the artist Joel Ross. Ross has long engaged dual audiences – both chance onlookers and art gallery visitors – with strategically and surreptitiously installed text-based sculptures and resulting photographs. His work activates our imagination and invites us to stop and consider some of the spaces we travel through or pass by every day: roadways, parking lots, alleys, abandoned buildings, and the dead space behind strip malls. His messages become voices in our heads tempting us to plug the gaps in these short stories, to puzzle out their meaning, and to speculate about their authors.

With THE EVER, a series of site-specific works on public bus benches throughout Chicago’s Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood, Ross offers viewers provocative prompts with phrases like THE HEAVIEST THING YOU EVER TRIED TO MOVE and THE MOST YOU EVER CARED. These voices might be sprouting from cracks in the landscape or directly from the minds of pedestrians or passengers. The signs are, in effect, asking the ubiquitous ‘you’ to fill in the blank. Do you remember holding your breath for an especially long time, trying to move something heavy, or hearing something funny? Our responses help us claim ownership of their subject; these public signs will then become private reflections. Passing by the same sign on subsequent days, viewers might see their contemplations and memories floating above the bus stop. THE EVER suggests the infinite number of answers to the “questions” posed by the text, but also the open-ended, always happening nature of life.


Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 4:00pm

Special Event:

Self-guided tours of the bus benches
Six public bus benches in the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood
Phone: 773-252-0299


Wicker Park

Chicago-based artists include:

Joel Ross: