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Andrea Mills | August 13, 2018 | Feature Features

Local artist Mika Horibuchi plays with optical illusions in a new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Portrait of Mika Horibuchi in front of her work

Chicago-based, SAIC alum and artist Mika Horibuchi’s first watercolor series began when she sent a watercolor flower to her grandmother in Japan and her grandmother responded by mailing her a photograph of the image in her home. Horibuchi copied the photo, including the timestamp, in oil paint. The rest of the series follows suit, translating images across mediums that represent vast geographic and cultural distances and it is part of Horibuchi’s first solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art: Chicago Works: Mika Horibuchi. She utilizes optical illusion, trompe l’oeil and hyperrealism to turn everyday objects such as curtains and screen doors into a deeper study on painting where “a slight betrayal of expectations is at play,” she says. Through Dec. 2, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 3rd floor


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