Entrance Exhibit by Willy Chyr
Chicago multimedia artist Willy Chyr geared up show-goers with his off-the-rails entrance exhibit, an intricate balloon display that walked the line between science and art, with a dash of spontaneity. "Instead of creating each work with the final design in mind," says Willy, "I use random variations in the material to dictate the course of the installation."
Willy was commissioned to create an installation for the entrance of IDS13. Called “As Luck Would Have It”, Willy described the installation as “a celebration of serendipity and the chance encounters in our lives. From major scientific discoveries that happen by accident to seeing an old friend on the bus, life is filled with unexpected events and pleasant surprises. Often, despite our best efforts to plan, it’s the unintended which have the biggest impact. In a similar fashion, my creative process incorporates a certain amount of spontaneity. Instead of creating each work with the final design in mind, I use random variations in the material to dictate the course of the installation. In this way, the work becomes an embodiment of the process, and takes on a new and organic quality beyond what was originally imagined.”
About Willy Chyr
Willy Chyr is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of art and science. While studying physics and economics at the University of Chicago, he joined a local circus where he performed as a juggler, unicyclist and magician, and also learned how to twist balloons. His work spans a variety of media, including web, print and installation. Drawing inspiration from both cultural artifacts and scientific knowledge, he creates platforms and systems that replicate processes found in nature.