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INSIDE: The Best Art from The Fashion Outlets of Chicago

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All photos by Barry Brecheisen.

Enclosed shopping malls can induce a very specific sort of garishly-lit, soft-pretzel-scented malaise, but the Fashion Outlets of Chicago is working to counter these doldrums with a genuinely interesting and compelling collection of site-specific art installations. Dreamed up by the Outlets' developers and curated by Miami gallery Primary Projects, the works hang from ceilings, color escalators, pop off of vestibules and droop down walls. As the chairman of the development company said to press, "We sought to change the social experience and base it around food, art and fashion."

Ten contemporary artists contributed works to the project and when crack Racked photog Barry Brecheisen stopped by for a walkthrough on Friday morning, a few were finishing up their pieces. Take a virtual tour of some of our favorites above and after the jump.

· The Fashion Outlets of Chicago [Official Site]
· GAMECHANGING Fashion Outlets of Chicago, By the Numbers [Racked]
· The Fashion Outlets of Chicago Demand Global Attention With Art [Racked]