PARK


PARK: 96 Acres is a public art installation and data visualization proposal by artist and designer Landon Brown and developed for the Chicago arts and advocacy organization 96 Acres. 96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examines the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago's West Side. 

Since 2014, eight artists and artists groups have produced on-site art projects chosen from almost fifty call for proposals from all over the U.S.  PARK by Landon Brown was identified as a project that would create opportunities for community engagement, while at the same time interrogating the jail’s history, and provoking a dialogue around its political, historical, and cultural resonance. Working collaboratively, the PARK team of Landon Brown, 96 Acres Director and artist Maria Gaspar, Simone Alexander (Enlace Chicago), and Ayana Contreras (Vocalo), will produce the PARK event in August, 2015. 

 

Funding for 96 Acres and PARK has been generously provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Community Trust, The Field Foundation, and Local SSA #25 with fiscal support by the Chicago Public Art Group and production support by Enlace Chicago.

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PARK


PARK: 96 Acres is a public art installation and data visualization proposal by artist and designer Landon Brown and developed for the Chicago arts and advocacy organization 96 Acres. 96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examines the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago's West Side. 

Since 2014, eight artists and artists groups have produced on-site art projects chosen from almost fifty call for proposals from all over the U.S.  PARK by Landon Brown was identified as a project that would create opportunities for community engagement, while at the same time interrogating the jail’s history, and provoking a dialogue around its political, historical, and cultural resonance. Working collaboratively, the PARK team of Landon Brown, 96 Acres Director and artist Maria Gaspar, Simone Alexander (Enlace Chicago), and Ayana Contreras (Vocalo), will produce the PARK event in August, 2015. 

 

Funding for 96 Acres and PARK has been generously provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Community Trust, The Field Foundation, and Local SSA #25 with fiscal support by the Chicago Public Art Group and production support by Enlace Chicago.

Landon Brown


Landon Brown is an independent designer and Director of VisionArc, a strategic design practice founded in New York City in 2009.  His work uses design, research, and visualization to address challenges affecting landscapes and natural resources, the built environment, and social cohesion in our communities.  Landon focuses on working collaboratively to create educational and participatory frameworks that can connect multiple silos of expertise.  To achieve this, his work with VisionArc builds partnerships with organizations from the design, technology, and policy arenas, building common languages around shared challenges.  This work is guided by a belief that sustainability is grounded in innovation, inclusion and an underlying responsibility for positive social and environmental change.  Design and systemic thinking have a critical role to play in this ecosystem.   

 

Landon has practiced independently and professionally with leading architecture and design offices in New York, Cambridge, Barcelona and Rotterdam.  He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2008.  His recent research into urban resources and micro-communities has led to lectures and workshops for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Aalto University in Helsinki and The Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge.

Landon Brown


Landon Brown is an independent designer and Director of VisionArc, a strategic design practice founded in New York City in 2009.  His work uses design, research, and visualization to address challenges affecting landscapes and natural resources, the built environment, and social cohesion in our communities.  Landon focuses on working collaboratively to create educational and participatory frameworks that can connect multiple silos of expertise.  To achieve this, his work with VisionArc builds partnerships with organizations from the design, technology, and policy arenas, building common languages around shared challenges.  This work is guided by a belief that sustainability is grounded in innovation, inclusion and an underlying responsibility for positive social and environmental change.  Design and systemic thinking have a critical role to play in this ecosystem.   

 

Landon has practiced independently and professionally with leading architecture and design offices in New York, Cambridge, Barcelona and Rotterdam.  He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2008.  His recent research into urban resources and micro-communities has led to lectures and workshops for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Aalto University in Helsinki and The Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge.

96 Acres


96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail located on Chicago’s west side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary art practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, the project aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility and present insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reach. 96acres.org

96 Acres


96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail located on Chicago’s west side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary art practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, the project aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility and present insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reach. 96acres.org

Maria Gaspar


Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Her artistic practice negotiates matters of space and power. Using installation, sculpture, performance, community engagement practices, and audio, she examines contested geographies, such as oppressive architectures within public space to create new social codes. Her collaborative work identifies spaces of ambiguity and tension to produce artistic projects that are generative and uses pedagogy that draws from community-based participation and scholarship. Gaspar's community art practice includes developing major projects, such as City As Site (2010) and a current series of community engaged site-responsive actions, 96 Acres, which negotiates the Cook County Jail's impact on communities of color and that explore the social and political body through long-term processes. She has presented her work at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, amongst others. She received a Sor Juana Young Visionary Award from the National Museum of Mexican Art for her artistic work in 2008. Recently, Gaspar was awarded a prestigious Creative Capital Award for a sound project and upcoming residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Project Row Houses in Houston. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune as Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts in 2014. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices, Performance, and Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. mariagaspar.com

Maria Gaspar


Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Her artistic practice negotiates matters of space and power. Using installation, sculpture, performance, community engagement practices, and audio, she examines contested geographies, such as oppressive architectures within public space to create new social codes. Her collaborative work identifies spaces of ambiguity and tension to produce artistic projects that are generative and uses pedagogy that draws from community-based participation and scholarship. Gaspar's community art practice includes developing major projects, such as City As Site (2010) and a current series of community engaged site-responsive actions, 96 Acres, which negotiates the Cook County Jail's impact on communities of color and that explore the social and political body through long-term processes. She has presented her work at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, amongst others. She received a Sor Juana Young Visionary Award from the National Museum of Mexican Art for her artistic work in 2008. Recently, Gaspar was awarded a prestigious Creative Capital Award for a sound project and upcoming residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Project Row Houses in Houston. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune as Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts in 2014. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices, Performance, and Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. mariagaspar.com