If you’re getting tired of staring at the blank walls of your home after the past eight months, a unique new art auction may be for you.
Logan Square’s volunteer-run event space Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) recently announced the online auction “Home Comforts, which comes with a twist — instead of bidding on already-made works, buyers will be able to bid on unique, original commissions from artists that are intended to be responsive to collectors and their homes.
“This is bespoke art for radical and trying times,” said the organizers in a post on the Comfort Station website. “We are grateful to have a group of artists that display the vitality and range of talents that make Chicago’s art community what it is.”
Proceeds from the event will be split between the participating artists and Comfort Station. Without the benefit of its traditional fundraisers, organizers say the event space is currently facing a $20,000 revenue shortfall.
The packages available for bid include a site-specific “architectural intervention” from Puerto Rican-born artist Edra Soto, who will produce a 300-square-foot custom structure featuring decorative patterns selected by the buyer, and a room-sized interactive installation of unique, hand-printed wallpaper from experimental graphic studio Sonnenzimmer that will “transform a room in your home to a portal of inquiry, transmission, and transcendence.”
While it’s not custom made, the auction also has as its showpiece an original work by acclaimed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier. Taken by the artist in New York City’s Central Park in 1952, the photograph was donated to Comfort Station by Ron Slattery, one of the collectors who discovered the artist’s work after her death.
The auction will be live from Dec. 2 through Dec. 9. More information is available on Comfort Station’s website and additional details on the participating artists and their contributions can be found on the auction site.
Featured image: Comfort Station