Spatial Rendering
Marian Carow & Deirdre Fox
June 7 through July 13, 2019

Opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 6 – 9 pm. 

Artists’ conversation on Saturday, June 22nd, from 2 – 3 pm. 

Adds Donna is excited to present, “Spatial Rendering,” a two-person exhibition, guest curated by Yoonshin Park. In this exhibition, artists Marian Carow and Deirdre Fox examine visual association and experience through space and material. Both Fox and Carow work closely with scavenged materials while engaging with space. From the moment of laying their eyes on the raw materials, to installing the meticulously treated and resurfaced articles, these artists’ receptive and fluid approach to material and space is often connected in visual poetry.

Deirdre Fox puts physical objects to abstract use as visual poems. In her sculptural “object drawings,” she makes use of found containers and disposable materials to weave narratives around functionality, identity, loss, and transformation. Fox investigates the point at which a disposable object becomes art, drawing attention to the ubiquity of built-in obsolescence.

In her intuitive, process-based practice, Marian Carow investigates reuse, making idiosyncratic objects from found, ordinary materials, such as corrugated cardboard boxes or wood scraps. Her work addresses her occupation with fragmentation and rebuilding, isolation and abandonment.

Together, their works suggest a spatial dialogue created by the interrelated tension and adaptability of chosen materials. The exhibition offers a space for the viewers to mull over the transformative qualities of lines, structures, and purposes of the process.


Deirdre Fox has exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Evanston Art Center, Koehnline Museum of Art Gallery and the Swedish American Museum, among other venues. She has been awarded grants from the City of Chicago/Illinois Arts Council, was included in the New American Paintings Midwest Edition in 2012, and as a featured artist for the Chicago Artists Month in 2008. Residencies include Ragdale Foundation, the Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Chicago Open Studios Program, and the Cliff Dwellers Club. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University.

Marian Carow has experimented with a variety of materials and processes throughout her career, working in both two and three-dimensional formats. A Chicago resident, Marian received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in 1979. She participated in the Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program in 2016 and completed a residency at Ragdale in 2017.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous local and regional juried shows.

Yoonshin Park is a Chicago based multimedia artist working with sculptural papers, artist books, and installations. Her interest in the comprehensive process of papermaking and bookbinding caters her work to encompass various elements woven into complete objects. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Marian Carow, Untitled (IAE), 2018, Corrugated Cardboard, Latex


Deidre Fox, Sense from Nonsense, 2019