Postmodern art may have abandoned the pursuit of the sublime, but its quest for humor can be fun--and even have a point. Since 1993 Micki Tschur has been taking the skin off her Thanksgiving turkeys and using it to create turkey sculptures, all ten of which--she skipped 2002--are on view with photos, drawings, and recipes at Seven Three Split. In part her project is intended to remind us that meat comes from living beings; Tschur, no vegetarian, killed three of the turkeys herself, but the way she's mounted some of them indicates a desire to resurrect them. Flying Turkey (2003) is suspended from the ceiling, and when you pull on a string its wings start flapping. Turkey Marionette (1994) has a little motor that flaps its wings. And the bird in Turkey on a Swing (1993) looks like a kid ready to play. Tschur's whole approach is playful: one turkey is shaped into a ball, another into a serving tray. Seven Three Split, 971 W. 18th, through December 20. Hours are 12 to 5 Saturday; 312-733-2264.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Fred Camper.