September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Housed in the historic Hammond Organ factory, Workshop 4200 has become a hub for Chicago's creators after undergoing a thorough redesign and build-out focusing on community and collaboration.For September of 2017, artist Matthew Hoffman has created a new site-specific exhibition of his widely recognized text-based sculptures. Ranging in size from a few inches to "flatbed" size, the works are designed for a specific location on the Workshop 4200 property. The combination of modern art elements, an industrial building from 1941 that has been thoroughly and thoughtfully modernized, and the energy of a community of "creators," showcases the possibilities of reinvigorating a historical property through adaptive reuse.
Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago based artist & designer whose public works have been exhibited internationally. Matthew is the Custodian of You Are Beautiful, a project to better the world in little ways. The message has reached every corner of the globe, with over 3 million stickers shared by the community. Matthew has created large scale public installations for the City of Chicago, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Albright Knox Gallery, as well as companies like Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, & Cards Against Humanity. There are close to 30 outdoor installations currently up in the Chicagoland area.
Workshop 4200 is a hub for Chicago’s creators. Housed in the former Hammond Organ Factory at 4200 West Diversey Avenue, Workshop 4200 takes cues from the building’s history as a 20th century Chicago icon of innovation and progress by providing space for creative individuals and companies to follow their passions and produce their wares. Knowing that creativity, ingenuity, and community lead to ideation, creation, and innovation is the driving force behind this project. Workshop 4200 is a productive, inspiring environment that advances the potential of its users and encourages Chicago's creative pioneers.