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In Conversation with Nancy Wolfe

In Conversation with Nancy Wolfe
  Nancy Wolfe considers her practice a form of journaling and “visual poetry.” The Ann Arbor-based artist’s paintings were recently featured in Minor Key, a music-influenced exhibition at Kerrytown Concert House in her hometown. Her solo exhibition, Nancy Wolfe: Painting Poetry, is currently on display at Josef Glimer Gallery in River North, and opened, appropriately, with live music... 

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center
Image of the exhibition Ground Floor provided by the Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde. Ground Floor, the biennial group exhibition which occupies the entire 10,000-square-foot first floor of the Hyde Park Art Center, showcases 11 recent MFA graduates from The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, University of Chicago, Northwestern and UIC. The Center is refreshingly open to... 

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions
Western Exhibitions opened two corresponding exhibits this month– Looker, a collection of Geoffrey Todd Smith’s intricate geometric paintings, and Fashion, a hypnotic video installation by Josh Mannis. Smith painstakingly works acrylic, gouache, and ink into colorful optical candy reminiscent of spirograph drawings and beadwork. Whimsical titles like Indecent Docent and The Flirtation Station... 

Anne Lindberg: Sustaining Pedal

Anne Lindberg: Sustaining Pedal
Optical illusions and multisensory triggers mark the appeal of Anne Lindberg’s Sustaining Pedal show at Carrie Secrist Gallery. Lindberg aims to “create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency,” according to her artist statement, and the pieces do demonstrate a synesthesia of sorts. Her large 2D works from a distance resemble watercolor washes, but upon further inspection prove to... 

Caleb Weintraub’s Nightmarish Dreamscapes

Caleb Weintraub's Nightmarish Dreamscapes
Grotesque animals, violent battles, and neon colors–these are the things that nightmares are made of in Caleb Weintraub’s exhibit at the Peter Miller Gallery. Weintraub’s saturated oil paintings wander through mysterious storybook dystopias with motifs that walk the line between Disney and The Lord of the Flies. “To The Death” follows two tribal-clad, ostrich-riding children at war in... 

Sixty on Sixty: Brian Willard

Sixty on Sixty: Brian Willard
The following is part of our series of Sixty on Sixty interviews which give our readers the chance to learn more about us by turning lens towards the people behind Sixty Inches From Center. Brian Willard SNR: Much of your work reveals a fixation with the human figure. Why does this subject matter interest you? BW: I go back to my creative writing classes at Columbia wherein my professors always pushed... 

The Haymaker Shop Makes Itself at Home

The Haymaker Shop Makes Itself at Home
When Haymaker owner and curator Arrin Williams chose to open his shop and gallery in his own neighborhood of Andersonville, he says the decision was a “no brainer.”  Full of vintage home furnishing stores, Williams observed a “built-in market” in what he calls a “design district”. But Haymaker stands out for its emphasis on newly made works by local artists and craftsmen and has since... 

She Art: A Collection of Feminine Objects

She Art: A Collection of Feminine Objects
When I first spotted She Art’s pinup-embellished sign, I was simultaneously intrigued and on guard. What should I expect from an art and vintage shop dedicated solely to the female figure? Objectification or feminism? Upon entering the welcoming Andersonville space, however, the vibes were definitely of the latter, accomplished through a wonderfully overwhelming diversity and eclecticism. Each of... 

Comics Meet Journalism: The Illustrated Press

Comics Meet Journalism: The Illustrated Press
A few months ago I donated to an intriguing Kickstarter project, a comics journalism compilation by journalist/artist team Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez called The Illustrated Press. The book was successfully funded and is set for an August release. It will include heartfelt snapshots of Chicago like 2011’s “Wedlock: Love and Marriage in the Cook County Jail,” which follows the courthouse... 

Artists at Play: Claudia Hart’s Sensitive 3D

Artists at Play: Claudia Hart's Sensitive 3D
From character rigging to texturing, in the multibillion dollar commercial 3D game design industry an abundance of meticulous considerations are taken daily. But among the vast parts that comprise this machine, one detail has been historically neglected–gender sensitivity. Artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago instructor Claudia Hart utilizes 3D animation technology to respond to... 
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