Donald Lipski’s work is characterized by inventive combinations of found items and objects from everyday life. His sculptures explore the notions of consumerism and mass production that dominate American culture. Lipski subverts the practical functionality and replicated sameness of mass-produced objects, turning the mundane into something beautiful. His two pieces for Goldblatt’s, one constructed from bicycle handlebars, the other from nylon stockings, reflect this building’s original function as the headquarters of a leading Chicago department store. The sculptures are also a personal tribute by the artist to his parents. Lipski’s father ran a Chicago-based bicycle import business and sold bicycles to Goldblatt’s, while his mother once worked in the hosiery department, formerly located on the second floor of this building.

Installed, 2004


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