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On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill
Drawing from his experience as a college football player, Ethan Gill, approaches painting actively with honest expressive marks. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University and is a current MFA candidate at SAIC. My fascination with his paintings began with a show entitled, “My Idea of Fun.” A couple of weeks afterwards, I got the opportunity to interview him for the site. We spoke... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 2

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 2
The following is part two of the interview, “Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger.” Read Part I Here. While Part I focuses on the artists overall process as well as various themes and materials that accompany their work, Part II concentrates on their inspirations, how their performance work veers from the theatrical aspects of performantive works, what they... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1
In 2011, as an intern at Illinois State University Galleries, I was introduced to husband- and-husband artists, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger. Over the course of a week, I got to observe their performance Seed Drawings and document another performance Sewn Together. I conversed with the artists about life, and watched them transform the bare white walls of the gallery space into an amazingly... 

My Idea of Fun

My Idea of Fun
The artist Michael Rea once stated that, “Fun is a subjective experience, and by no means universal……the expression of fun becomes a proclamation or a designation of honesty.”  My Idea of Fun –the brainchild of Michael Rea– deals with the subjectivity of the artists and their amusements. Although fun is a subjective experience all of the works engage in some sort of indulgence.... 

Beyond Labels, Art, and Science with Willy Chyr

Beyond Labels, Art, and Science with Willy Chyr
Willy Chyr is a creative exploring the interaction between art and science. Most known for his balloon installations, Willy draws inspiration from his scientific background, cultural expressions, and processes found in nature—namely this idea of emergence. He is the creator of The Collabowriters, a “crowdsourced” novel exploring storytelling and group interaction. Not that long ago, I caught... 

Wooden Awesomeness for Weirdos & Perpetual Nerds: The Work of Michael Rea

Wooden Awesomeness for Weirdos & Perpetual Nerds: The Work of Michael Rea
Looking at the idea of failure and drawing from pop culture inspirations, Michael Rea creates enormous wooden sculptures. To borrow from Jeriah Hildwine, he produces a “wooden wonderland for nerds.” Remnants of your favorite movie or book are manipulated, altered, and combined in an attractively entertaining way. Last weekend, I caught up with Mike for a studio visit and interview. We spoke about... 

Cotton Candy Sweet as Gold: A Conversation with David Leggett

Cotton Candy Sweet as Gold: A Conversation with David Leggett
David Leggett. The Blackest Hole.2012. Hinge Gallery, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Danielle Jackson) Through the utilization of common craft materials, paintings, and drawings, David Leggett’s work humorously tackles race, sexuality, and class. He draws inspiration from popular culture, everyday occurrences, and art historical research. David Leggett received his BFA from SCAD,... 

Sustainable Art: Chicago’s Twelve

Sustainable Art: Chicago’s Twelve
Mary Ellen Croteau. My Eye. 2012. Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) Orange traffic cones, plastic prescription bottles, fallen tree branches, rulers, belts, deodorant caps, wire, and nails—just to name a few—are all materials that are familiar to us. They’re so mundane that many people don’t think twice about them. We encounter them in our homes,... 

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers
Faheem Majeed. Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden, 2012. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition page. There, I was introduced to the Hairy Blob for the first time. Intrigued with how artists’ visualize time, space, and environment, I reached out to the curator Adelheid... 

On Trapped In What I Made Believe: Q & A with Kasia Kay

On Trapped In What I Made Believe: Q & A with Kasia Kay
Hebru Brantley. Double Dare, 2012. Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) Not that long ago, the artist Hebru Brantley said, “When it’s all said and done and I’m out of here. I want people to remember me as a superhero.  You know very mythological like I wore tights all day, but I was just super swole. I glowed. I could fly. I could do amazing... 
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