THE END OF HISTORY, Sullivan galleries, 2010 / self-published



Exhibition + Leaflet / Map
Keywords: Typography, Poster, Memorials, History, City, Conceptual art, System design
Relational aesthetic, Dematerialization, Readymade, Mapping, Optima Nova

This exhibition is for the creation of multi-layered public places, which reflect the
lives of people who experience them. We have witnessed, during the past decade, the large
amount of graphics (meaningful but useless) and the invisible monuments in public places.
In the exhibition, viewers can meet selected markers, which are redesigned with simple
typography as a poster series. The posters enable audiences to look back to monuments,
markers and memorials with different perspectives. Audiences can approach the real
historical facts following signs on a map provided in a gallery as a leaflet. The goal
of this exhibition is to transform the city into a gallery, and a gallery as an entrance
into the city. This also enlightens people about the history of Chicago.

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The exhibition borrows its title from the artist, Jouke Kleerebezem’s essay “The Post
Monumental Image” in Open Nr.8, “We live in a time when official institutions and
traditional monuments have little or no meaning anymore and the dominant conceptualization
of social ideas and processes has come to an end. This is so-called ‘end of history’
coincided with the rise of the mass media.” We have witnessed, during the past decade,
the large amount of graphics (meaningful but useless) and invisible monuments in public
places as described in Kleerebezem’s essay. So, I would like to critically examine the
monuments, markers and memorials in Chicago. Even though those are historical resources
and define the City of Chicago, no one pays attention to them any more.

In the exhibition viewers can meet selected markers, which are redesigned with simple
typography as a poster series (10-12 pieces). The posters enable audiences to look back
to monuments, markers and memorials with different perspectives. Audiences can approach
the real historical facts following signs on a map provided in a gallery as a leaflet.
The goal of this exhibition is to transform the city into a gallery, and a gallery as
an entrance into the city. This also enlightens people about the history of Chicago.