Mara Baker

Chameleon Blind Uptown, (4620 N. Broadway), 2020-Ongoing.

Blacklight led weavings illuminate at the moment of dusk through dawn. Materials include: Black light, rope, mason twine, plastic fencing, egg crate light grids, spray paint plexiglass and other found residues on constructed wooden frame.

Upcoming- Chameleon Blind Virtual Stack. Ignition Project Space
March 1-28, 2020. Opening-Saturday, March 7 6-9pm

Chameleon Blind is an ongoing multi-disciplinary body of serial work combining wood, metal, light, fiber processes, and animation to create multi-dimensional “light paintings” in storefront window spaces throughout the city of Chicago. Designed to be visible 24 hours a day the installations light up each night at dusk allowing commuters and pedestrians to experience the work as it transforms from day to night. Over the last six years, Chameleon Blind has had nine iterations in both traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces across the city of Chicago. An archive of the project can be seen here.

The overarching goal of the project is to create new opportunities for the community to engage and access contemporary art outside of traditional gallery settings, while fostering connections to support and promote local businesses. In 2020, Baker will install Chameleon Blind in neighborhoods across Chicago including West Town, Six Corners, Humboldt Park, and more.

Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Combining traditional fiber processes, animation, light and video, Baker’s work draws inspiration from the phenomena of optical illusion and the changing of our eyes perception of light, color and space. Baker received an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Budapest and Toronto. Baker is Associate Professor of Fine Art at the College of Dupage, a nationally recognized community college serving the greater Chicago area.

Photo Credit: Useful Art Services.