Woman Made Gallery - 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amy Galpin, Gallery Assistant
Phone: (312) 738-0400
Bag World: An Installation by Mary Ellen Croteau
May 25-June 21, 2007
Opening Reception: May 25th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
What does it sound like to walk on a floor covered in plastic bags? How would aesthetically pleasing works by
artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, and O'Keeffe be perceived if a single plastic bag became part of their
composition? Find the answers to these questions and more at Bag World, a solo exhibition and installation by
Mary Ellen Croteau at Woman Made Gallery. Croteau's works simultaneously remind reviewers of the beauty
of re-invented plastic bags and the ugliness of thoughtless garbage disposal.
Commenting on her new body of work, Chicago artist
Mary Ellen Croteau states: "I was trying to think what to
do with all those bags that you get every time you go to
the store. Even if you bring your own bags, they still try
to put the stuff in plastic bags before they put it in the
ones you brought. And no matter what they tell you,
these bags are not recycled. We are swimming in a sea
of plastic. We are drowning in plastic. So take one big
step for humankind: carry your own bags to the store."
Croteau, a native of Chicago, received her B.F.A. from
the University of Illinois-Chicago and her M.F.A. from
the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers
University. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago,
New York, Washington, D.C., Zurich, Florence, and
Seoul. Known for her powerful works that confront
issues such as female empowerment and the war in Iraq,
Croteau's current work on display at Woman Made
Gallery asks viewers to question the role of the plastic
bag in their lives by combining art historical satire with a plastic bag sensory experience.
Please join us at the opening reception on May 25 from 6 until 9pm. Works are up through June 21.