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Moving Forward with Anthony Romero

Moving Forward with Anthony Romero
In fall of 2011 I came across the work of Anthony Romero at an exhibition at The Comfort Station entitled, Dealing with New Demands. Organized by ‘The Happiness Project’ the exhibition was essentially a one-day performance by curator Jennifer Mills acting as an art dealer in an “affordable art gallery’ showcasing artwork by 11 local artists. I purchased the entire series of Anthony’s illustrations... 

Looking into the art of Spudart with Matt Maldre

Looking into the art of Spudart with Matt Maldre
Spudart is a public art project in Chicago that consists of a variety of objects, some of which are purchased from Oriental Trading and placed into the public arena. These objects are treated as a form of “public art” and once noticed by a passer by, open a window of possibilities, situational phenomenon, experience, reflection and thought. Spudart is a progressive artistic project by Matt Maldre... 

Five Questions with Artist James Jankowiak

Five Questions with Artist James Jankowiak
I initially came across the work of James Jankowiak when it was being displayed in The Post Family booth at Art Chicago/Next in spring of 2011. In December of 2011, I got to work with James at What’s Your Art? and I finally had the chance to ask him the following five questions. Here are his five really insightful answers about his life-long passion as a creative and maker of art. If you had to... 

Man … The Times … Man: Looking at the Absurd with Don’t Fret

Man ... The Times ... Man: Looking at the Absurd with Don't Fret
Ever thought something but didn’t say it out loud? Ever been in a situation where another person said something that left you wondering why they said it at all? We tend to overlook many of the absurdities in our everyday lives that we feel precarious about. In this exhibition, Man… The Times … Man, artist Don’t Fret pokes a little fun at these absurdities and adds a little humor so we can... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II
At the opening reception for Dealing with New Demands, Jennifer Mills and her art consultant trio engaged in a one-night only performance that encouraged the audience to participate by purchasing art on the spot. The exhibition is part of a larger project called The Happiness Project, which is taking place in a variety of art spaces throughout the month of November. Below is a brief interview* with... 

The Future’s Past: Revisiting the Bronzeville Community // Part II

The Future’s Past: Revisiting the Bronzeville Community // Part II
The Future’s Past, curated by Tempestt Hazel, co-founder and co-executive director of Sixty Inches From Center, is a project initiated on behalf of a fellowship that she received from the Black Metropolis Consortium (BMRC). This exhibition is based on a year’s worth of intensive research through a variety of archives from partnering institutions and other found sources. The culmination of this... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I
Art you an artist? Art patron? Are you happy? Wonder if the quality of your life is good? Dealing With New Demands explores these questions. Curated by Jennifer Mills, this group exhibition is currently on display at The Comfort Station a gallery and community space located in Logan Square. It is just one component of a much lager program entitled, The Happiness Project curated by Tricia Van Eck. At... 

The Future’s Past: Revisiting the Bronzville Community // Part I

The Future's Past: Revisiting the Bronzville Community // Part I
The Future’s Past, curated by Tempestt Hazel, co-founder and co-executive director of Sixty Inches From Center, is a project initiated on behalf of a fellowship that she received from the Black Metropolis Consortium (BMRC). The basis of The Future’s Past is from a year’s worth of intensive research through a variety of archives from partnering institutions and other found sources. The culmination... 

The work of Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap

The work of Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap were recently selected to participate in Chicago Artist Month and participated in another show that opened last week entitled, Wood Worked. This show was visualized and co-curated by Chicago Urban Art Society’s Chief Curator and Co-Founder Peter Kepha along with Kevin Wilson, who currently serves as the Chicago Urban Art Society’s Pop-Up Satellite-Space... 
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