Featured Artwork

The Oasis, 2015

November 20, 2015 - February 27, 2016

The Arts Club of Chicago

201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611


Drawing on the vocabularies of traditional arts media along with architecture and transportation infrastructure, Erik L. Peterson creates a site-specific installation for The Arts Club garden in winter. The Oasis, a pair of large reflective paintings on aluminum (or a pair of small wordless highway signs), one bright blue and the other yellow, meditates on the possibilities of the semi-public space of the courtyard while poking fun at the harsh conditions of viewing art outdoors in winter. The perception of a large-scale blue mirage, visible from the street, sensually transports the cold viewer to a paradise of their choice. The yellow painting, hugging the inside of the low brick wall of the courtyard, is on the other hand reminiscent of a sunny private beach. The work, revealing itself over time, is based on aluminum highway signs and built with highly visible reflective safety sheeting.