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On the Real: Out of Sight 2013

On the Real: Out of Sight 2013
Billed as a series of ten unexpected encounters of performance, Out of Sight pops up in various places across Wicker Park and Bucktown in the late summer and early fall every year. Last year, our friends at On the Real were there to capture some of these haunting examples of public dance and performance art. Check out what you might not have seen last fall, and get excited for the thought-provoking... 

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,... 

How Green Star Movement is “Changing the Urban Canvas”

How Green Star Movement is
As Chicagoans, we are lucky to be exposed to a variety of different forms of public art.  Blessed with numerous blank walls, building faces and underpasses, we have a vast “urban canvas” to be transformed into accessible works of art for all to enjoy.   Many talented artists have seized the opportunity to turn these spaces into their own creations, and Green Star Movement has played an integral... 

“Changing the Urban Canvas”: Interview with Kamelia Hristeva

 Green Star Movement is a non-profit organization that strives to revitalize urban Chicago neighborhoods by teaching young people and community members to design and create public art.  Their large-scale mosaic murals can be spotted in over 40 locations across the city.  I had a conversation with founder and executive director Kamelia Hristeva to learn more about Green Star’s mission, goals,... 

Naoshima: Art and Life in Harmony

Naoshima: Art and Life in Harmony
Traditionally, art and life flowed seamlessly together. To commemorate a historical event, people would carve totem poles or chisel marble statues. To celebrate a graduation or birth, a parent would sew a quilt. In these ways, art was made in response to, and as a part of, everyday life. It’s a familiar story that over time the majority of artists moved away from traditional processes and styles.... 

ART IS… From Buenos Aires to Chicago

ART IS... From Buenos Aires to Chicago
I have been communicating with Atiba Edwards through emails for close to a year. Though we have never met face to face, I’ve found in him what most artists spend years looking for: a talented, passionate, driven and inspiring individual who believes in building a collaborative community of artists. Atiba Edwards co-founded the non-profit arts organization “F.O.K.U.S” with Alma Davila... 

Radius: A Sonic Lens

Radius: A Sonic Lens
Art platforms that strive to break away from the traditional “white cube” frequently consist of a new kind of physical space transformed into a gallery-like setting. Using a radio broadcasting system, Radius transcends material space and creates an entirely new kind of art platform. Artists occupy the space for two weeks or one month like an on-air residency. Through their time on Radius, artists... 

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space
  Above a Singer Sewing shop, through a non-descript green door, and up a staircase, you will find the home of Green Lantern Projects. Serving as both a domestic and public space, this apartment transforms to become a multi-faceted realm, housing the Green Lantern Gallery, The Paper Cave Bookstore, The Green Lantern Press, and The Corpse Performance Space- all in one. From printing books, to... 

Shooting the Periphery: An all-nighter with Zane Davis

Shooting the Periphery: An all-nighter with Zane Davis
Zane Davis, “Chicago River (South Branch) at South Canal Street”, Chicago, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist. “Following the north branch from the edge of Skokie to the heart of downtown you see the complete transformation from a creek in a forest, to a drain for the city.” —Zane Davis on the Chicago River A dark and sober night makes me pay attention. Shadows hide the distracting... 

The Man Behind the Murals

The Man Behind the Murals
After first glimpsing the work of Mental 312 from the Green Line in the winter of 2010, I’ve been on the lookout for more of the street artist’s large artworks. On foot, El, Metra, and CTA bus, I’ve come upon Mental’s bold colors and distinct style all over the city. Last month I finally caught up with the man behind the murals and talked to him about his process, inspiration, and ideas for... 
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