Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mat Rappaport talks Terrain Biennial Evanston

Today on The Lisa D Show we’re talking to Mat Rappaport about an exciting art event coming to Evanston for 6 weeks, Terrain Biennial. Eight front yards, all in walkable distance from another, will feature art installations ranging from sculptural installations to time-based performances to public interventions. Mat and fellow artist Anne Stevens brought this project to Evanston after seeing it’s success in Oak Park. See works Oct. 1 - Nov. 15.

Bio: Mat Rappaport is an internationally exhibited new media and installation artist, curator, and educator. He is currently an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, a board member of the New Media Caucus, and a founding member of v1b3.

Terrain Biennial

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Terrain Evanston Information:
Instagram: #terrainbiennialevanston
Map Link: Google map of sites

The Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches. Centered in the historic village of Oak Park, IL, the 2017 Biennial with kick off on Sunday October 1st with a block party in Oak Park, IL and run until November 15th. Neighborhoods throughout Chicagoland will host performances, film screenings and other events in conjunction with the festival. A map of all locations and the dates of the openings for each neighborhood will be posted to

Founded in October of 2011 by artist Sabina Ott and Author John Paulett, Terrain Exhibitions and the Terrain Biennial repurpose private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows, turning them into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artist and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. The projects at the 3rd Terrain Biennial will range from sculptural installations to time-based performances to public interventions.

For the 3rd Terrain Biennial, Evanston artists have organized eight host locations on a walkable route, along Wesley and Florence Avenue between Emerson and Dempster Street. Eight homes will host the work of nine artists on the front yard, porch, or facade. Participating artists include Ben Blount, Paul Catanese, Shawn Decker, Patrick Lichty, Kristin Mariani, Laurie O’Brien, Mat Rappaport, Anne Hayden Stevens and Kevin Valentine. Artworks range from pinhole cinema by Laurie O’Brien, to a sound installation by Shawn Decker, to a sculpture & performance by artist Kevin Valentine. Maps for the Terrain Biennial can be accessed online.

The opening of Terrain Biennial: Evanston will be held on October 7 from 4-7pm and will feature performances and walking tours of the artworks. For more information about the Evanston projects, visit For the full list of the 3rd Terrain Biennial sites, visit


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