Postmodern art may have abandoned the pursuit of the sublime, but its quest for humor can be fun–and even have a point. Since 1993 Micki Tschur has been taking the skin off her Thanksgiving turkeys and using it to create turkey sculptures, all ten of which–she skipped 2002–are on view with photos, drawings, and recipes at Seven Three Split. In part her project is intended to remind us that meat comes from living beings; Tschur, no vegetarian, killed three of the turkeys herself, but the way she’s mounted some of them indicates a desire to resurrect them. Flying Turkey (2003) is suspended from the ceiling, and when you pull on a string its wings start flapping. Turkey Marionette (1994) has a little motor that flaps its wings. And the bird in Turkey on a Swing (1993) looks like a kid ready to play. Tschur’s whole approach is playful: one turkey is shaped into a ball, another into a serving tray. Seven Three Split, 971 W. 18th, through December 20. Hours are 12 to 5 Saturday; 312-733-2264.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Fred Camper.