Wednesday, August 13, 2014


John Preus' THE BEAST was created as a space for cultural inquiry, public dialogue and creative production within the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). 

Preus transformed the HPAC's main gallery's interior with a complex architectural framework inspired by the form of a dead steer -- a signifier of sacrifice, violence, atonement, and other rich and complex cultural interactions. He fabricated the structure from discarded wood and furniture from recently closed Chicago Public Schools. More information may be found at

Preus and the HPAC invited community groups and art collaborations were invited to participate in THE BEAST -- including DOEprojekts.

People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities participated in the art action BACKBONE as part of John Preus' THE BEAST.

Backbone is a custom "mantle" made of African fish vertebrae, Asian bovine bone, and US stainless steel. Participants are invited to put on BACKBONE with the help of DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering), creators of the BACKBONE mantle. Selected photos are posted at and