Critic’s Pick: Tom Denlinger at rowland contemporary /

Tom Denlinger’s “Imperfect Recall: Art Institute of Chicago_Seurat” (2006)

Tom Denlinger’s thoughtful exhibition—of photographs and a video—challenges notions of the local landscape as bland or static. Denlinger brings to the subject a keen sense of three-dimensional space, the museum context, and representations of landscape in art history. To make Around the Art Institute of Chicago: Seurat, 2006, Denlinger re-created in diorama form a heap of garbage entwined in leaves and branches found near the museum, covered it in plastic, projected a slide of Seurat’s iconic A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grand Jatte onto and through it, and photographed the conglomeration.

To read the full post, go to