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Slow Dance, “/” : A Collaborative Project with EJ Hill and Matt Austin

Slow Dance, “/” : A Collaborative Project with EJ Hill and Matt Austin
Installation view of Slow Dance at ACRE Projects, 2012. This article is a special guest contribution by Ally Hasche, founder and president of LAADS Magazine out of Davis, California.  We at Sixty have given her honorary Chicagoan status after she has called our city her home for the past several weeks and has shared her music and passion for art with anyone who crossed her path.  While here, she... 

Scenes from the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Scenes from the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Chicago is known for having a summer full of festivities, but the Chicago Reader has named the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) the Best Public Art Event for their ‘Best of Chicago Poll’. MAAF marked its fourth year this past weekend. For three days Logan Square turned its streets into a first class arts festival that featured over 100 artists, 3 stages of live music, family activities, performance... 

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.... 

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... 

On the Floor and Off the Walls: The Marwen Lab Exhibition

On the Floor and Off the Walls: The Marwen Lab Exhibition
On Friday June 16th Marwen, a non-profit youth art center in River North, held its opening exhibition for the Marwen Lab program. Now in its fourth year, it is offered to Marwen students who wish to work on a single art project over the course of three 8-week terms. Open to Marwen’s most advanced high schoolers, students must apply and be accepted into the program. One of the greatest pleasures... 

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... 

The Blackbook Chronicles: Representatives of Narratives

The Blackbook Chronicles: Representatives of Narratives
Alongside and underneath the rail tracks on South Wabash is an exhibit that presents excerpts from a graphic novel of a post apocalyptic world, graffitied gallery walls, and ever-changing cut-paper works. As a part of Pop Up Art Loop’s first Thursday Gallery walk and co-curated by Stuart Hall and Jaba Jones, Gallery @ 220 housed the opening reception for The Blackbook Chronicles: Chapter and Verse.... 

A Mile of Murals

A Mile of Murals
Ride your bike down Hubbard Street in West Town and once you pass Milwaukee your peripheral vision fills with a riot of colorful images: A luchador, a howling wolf, African masks, Moammar Gadaffi, squids, butterflies, the Chicago Water Tower. Like most people, I usually zip on through, glancing briefly at the near mile of images along the railroad embankment while on my way home. Hubbard street, however,... 

RAW: The Blend

RAW: The Blend
Art is not just about the visual.  It is an experience that excites all of the senses.  This is something that RAW: Natural Born Artists embraces with enthusiasm.  The Chicago chapter of the nationwide artists collective hosted their May show “The Blend” at the Double Door in Wicker Park this past Thursday night. The Blends’ lineup featured 27 different artists, including painters, photographers,... 

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,... 
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