October 5 – December 15, 2018
Alatalo’s current projects originate in the investigation and rehabilitation of an orchard, small farm and woodlands at the edge of the Great Lakes Basin in rural SW Michigan. Cultivating Book and Land features works that draw from Alatalo’s career as an artist, writer and publisher in relationship to the agri/horti/cultur/al practices with which she is now engaged. The landscape of the book serves as apt metaphor for cultivation, seeding, nurturing and harvest. Soil science, bird migration, the sky, sun, moon, flowering plants, and perhaps surprisingly, plastics, all contribute to Alatalo’s concurrent cultivation of book and land.
Alatalo has performed her texts at the Poetry Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Room Gallery in Rotterdam, The Poetry Society in London, and exhibited her work at museums, galleries and artist book fairs across the globe, including in New York, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg and Seoul. She is Professor and Chair of the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.