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Simon Starling
Autoxylopyrocycloboros, 2006

Simon Starling at MCA Chicago

Simon Starling: Metamorphology
Jun 7–Nov 2, 2014
MCA Chicago

The title of the exhibition, Metamorphology—a collaboration between MCA Chicago and the Arts Club of Chicago—alludes to one of the fundamental principles of Starling’s practice: an almost alchemistic conception of the transformative potential of art, or of transformation as art. Starling’s working method constitutes recycling, in the most literally circular sense of the word: repurposing existing materials for new, artistic aims; retelling existing stories to produce new historical insights; linking, looping, and remaking. The exhibition unfolds roughly along two intertwining paths in which metamorphosis is intrinsic to understanding art.