auth grose 2 1
How to breathe at a shopping mall contains an ongoing collection of indoor plants propagated from Chicagoland retail spaces, along with a series of accompanying artworks in the gallery by artists Anton Auth and Sara Grose. This project draws on the artists’ interests towards the poetics of human presence, plant provenance and the retail apocalypse.
“We’ve always been drawn to shopping mall interiors, the decisions made when designing them and how they evolve over time. The idea of a living collection of plants propagated from midwestern malls came to us after realizing that in theory, the plants could outlast the buildings and economic systems that hold them.”