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Paul Heyer

MCA Chicago

16 Jan - 1 Jul 2018

The MCA presents the first solo museum exhibition of Chicago-based artist Paul Heyer. In his most immersive installations to date, Heyer creates a multisensory, dream-like realm that combines his ethereal paintings and sculptures, which are rooted in his experiences of being an active participant of rave and club culture. The exhibition is set to a meditative soundtrack meant to prompt hypnotic or hallucinogenic feelings in listeners. and features his recent sculptural work, including a sculpture consisting of metallic lamé fabric draped across a bed-like platform in the centre of the gallery. The silky material and its sheen provide another reference to both science fiction and the opulence of drag culture. Together, the works create a balance between gravity and levity, light and dark, and past and future, prompting viewers to reflect upon a utopian model of the universe. Find out more about the Paul Heyer exhibition from MCA Chicago’s website.

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Stained Glass (2016), Paul Heyer. Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy of the artist and Chapter-NY

Stained Glass (2016), Paul Heyer. Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy of the artist and Chapter-NY

Small Cowboy (2015), Paul Heyer. Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of Paul Heyer and Chapter-NY

Small Cowboy (2015), Paul Heyer. Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of Paul Heyer and Chapter-NY

Large Spiral (2016), Paul Heyer. Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery

Large Spiral (2016), Paul Heyer. Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery

Drunk Skeleton (2016), Paul Heyer. Photo: Jason Mandella

Drunk Skeleton (2016), Paul Heyer. Photo: Jason Mandella

Adam and Eve (2014), Paul Heyer. Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy of Paul Heyer and Chapter-NY

Adam and Eve (2014), Paul Heyer. Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy of Paul Heyer and Chapter-NY

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