September 26, 2022
Wander as a result of Chicago’s streets, and you’re bound to come across 1 of Sentrock’s signature fowl characters (previously). Disguised in a purple mask with huge eyes and round, pink cheeks, the boy is curious, imaginative, and playful, normally observed interacting with animals, daydreaming, or riding a bike. The fictional determine is also the artist’s expression of energy and hope, notably as it relates to his possess childhood in the Mexican-American local community of the city’s Pilsen community.
An ongoing exhibition at Elmhurst Artwork Museum celebrates the character and his lineage through sculptures, installations, paintings, and murals. Drawing on Sentrock’s qualifications in avenue art and graffiti, The Boy Who Wanted to Fly spreads quite a few narratives throughout the galleries. A large, 10-foot sculpture lounges on synthetic turf, and lesser, vibrant paintings assistance compose the figure’s origin tale. At the centre of one particular gallery is a little one-sized birdhouse cloaked in the artist’s stylized renderings, with vivid functions on paper taped to the inside walls. Interactive lightswitches transform the inside into a vividly colorful playhouse. A last gallery culminates in a wall-sized animation that brings Sentrock’s perform to lifestyle for the to start with time, and as a complete, the selection is an homage to Sentrock’s upbringing and “a gesture of compassion for his group.”
The Boy Who Desired to Fly is on check out as a result of January 15, 2023. Adhere to the artist’s perform and news about long term restricted-edition prints and sculptures—keep an eye out for a unique merch launch in the Elmhurst reward store in early December—on Instagram.
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