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Ian Schneller (Photo provided)

An exhibition featuring the work of sculptor Ian Schneller will be on display from Sept. 24 to Oct. 29 in Elgin Community College’s Safety-Kleen Gallery One. An opening night reception is planned for the exhibit, which marks the first time Schneller’s work is displayed in a suburban location, making this significant contemporary artist accessible to a new audience.

Schneller, who also is an inventor, musician and luthier, will be at the reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The gallery is inside the college’s Building H Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

The exhibition is called “Sculptures by Ian Schneller, Sonic Vignettes: With Music by Andrew Bird from the Sonic Arboretum.” The gallery notes that Schneller develops a singular sensorial atmosphere by installing his elegant, hand-crafted, high-fidelity speakers—including an 8-foot-wide double horn speaker regarded as a triumph of sound and beauty. Several sculptures, known as “spinning aerosels,” will add to the installation’s visually charged surroundings.

In 2010, Schneller and Bird used the entire Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for a one-night event called “Sonic Arboretum.” Schneller strategically arranged his speakers to fill the Guggenheim’s voluminous space, creating a three-dimensional sonic phenomenon. The following year, Schneller exhibited ”Sonic Arboretum” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The spinning aersosel sculptures have accompanied noted musician Andrew Bird on tour, and were exhibited at the international SOFA art and design show.

Schneller’s company, Specimen Products, produces guitars and other stringed instruments, a variety of tube amps, and a range of high-fidelity speakers and speakers for instrument amplification. Each specimen is handmade using traditional techniques, recycled materials and innovative design. His evolving approach is said to embrace experience, impulse and intuition, while investing efficiency with functional elegance.

For more information, contact Ed Krantz, gallery curator, at 847-214-7405 or Visit