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Pay It Forward>>Terrain

Pay It Forward>>Terrain
Pay It Forward is a collaborative, experimental fundraiser devised by Autotelic {Studios} and Sixty Inches From Center. We are experimenting with the idea of paying it forward to other arts organizations who work to support artists and a thriving arts community in Chicago. Our Pay It Forward Series will highlight one of the eight projects that we have chosen to be part of our fundraiser each week,... 

Up the Stairs

Up the Stairs
Something incredible is happening in the Near West Side. Amid industrial complexes and warehouses, a group of seven artists have banded together in the newly-opened Stairway Studios, a massive space with room for painters, sculptors, metal-workers, and carpenters. Besides the seven core members—Jason Hawk, Eric Gushee, Trevor O’Neil, Laura Davis, Jonathan Cernak, Fred Gerdes, and Salvador... 

At the Satellites: From Fountain to EDITION

At the Satellites: From Fountain to EDITION
Aside from the occasional run in with your favorite curators and artists, or being in the presence of work you’ve only seen in books or online, art fairs can be business as usual–you’ve see one, you’ve seen them all. But as a testament to the energy that Expo Chicago is conjuring, some interesting satellite fairs have newly sprung up this year and by doing so have offered a... 

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford
Image courtesy of the artist. Currently at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, The Neo Negro features new work by James Britt that utilizes humor and absurdity to pose questions about our relationship to popular culture and the icons that play a part within it. Just as we often attempt to insert ourselves into these scenes, Britt as his alter ego S’emaj L’rea has made his smiling image consistently... 

Well Played: A Collaboration between Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel

Well Played: A Collaboration between Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel
Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel, Well Played Installation view, July 2013. (Image by Tempestt Hazel.) Tucked away in River North is R&D Gallery, an exhibition space run by Justin Pauly and Dave Sharma featuring local and international artists who work primarily in new media.  Currently on view is Well Played which features the work of Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel.  Serving as the first collaboration... 

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón
Showing from March 16 to April 16 at Howard Street Gallery and co-sponsored by Fullhearted, Melón and Sandía’s collaborative show offers a creative look at mixed media, street art aesthetics and playful meditations on life, death, immigration and gender. Sandía means Watermelon in Spanish, and the title mirrors the show’s wordplay. The aforementioned artists graciously allowed me to interview... 

Arts Advocacy at Its Best and On the Wall: An Interview with Monique Meloche

Arts Advocacy at Its Best and On the Wall: An Interview with Monique Meloche
Situated between Chicago’s Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village communities is the gallery Monique Meloche. The gallery’s on the wall program has become one of the freshest art windows in the area and a conversation piece with which Meloche seeks to engage passersby. Here’s what Meloche had to say about the origins and future of this two-year old program, which seeks to encourage interest in the... 

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying
Bobby Scheidemann’s work intrigues his audience with his usage of everyday objects. A native of Texas, Bobby lived in Chicago this past summer and now resides in New York. His work has been shown in Texas, Chicago and the UK. Bobby is one of four artists to be featured in Everyday Always Trying at The Coat Check at David Weinberg Photography. I had the pleasure of learning more about his photography,... 

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish
Sixty Inches From Center’s Exchange Partnerships are our chance to spread the word about others who are writing about and documenting art and artists in Chicago, and doing it so beautifully. We have been longtime fans of our friends at Gozamos.com and their coverage of Latino art and culture from here to Milwaukee and are happy to have them as a partner. This week Gozamos writer Terry Carlton interviews... 

Evanston’s Howard Street Gallery

Evanston's Howard Street Gallery
Sixty Inches From Center’s Exchange Partnerships are our chance to spread the word about others who are writing about and documenting art and artists in Chicago, and doing it so beautifully. We have been longtime fans of our friends at Gozamos.com and their coverage of Latino art and culture from here to Milwaukee. This week we bring you a look into a brand new space in Evanston, Howard Street Gallery,... 
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