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Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds

Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds
Xiaowei Chen manipulates minute ink lines into vast expanses and surreal scenery. Chen’s solo exhibition, “Above and Beyond the Clouds,” curated by Jiankun Xie at the Research House for Asian Art in Bridgeport, Chicago, literally revolves around her vast and exquisite drawing, Detached Clouds (1.2m. x 32 m.), which spreads almost the entire length of the gallery. The drawing serves as the focal... 

The T-shirt Show

The T-shirt Show
22 is a new art space on Cermak Road in Berwyn, IL. Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting, two graduates of Cranbrook Academy of Art, opened shop in December and are now in the middle of their fourth show, simply titled The T-shirt Show. The exhibition is comprised of thirty-two t-shirts by nearly twenty artists who have all transformed everyday apparel through foil printing, woodblock printing, spray painting,... 

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids
Ian Mitchell Wallace, "Friends With Golden Benefits." Watercolor. (Image courtesy of Ian Mitchell Wallace.) Two young artists, two vastly different backgrounds, one art show in a vintage thrift store where I used to find and buy three-dollar grandma blazers in its basement. Presented by Arow Collective, The Drop Out Kids features new artwork by Gianni Onassis, who grew up on the South Side... 

Jon Waites: Radical, Work at PEREGRINEPROGRAM

Jon Waites: Radical, Work at PEREGRINEPROGRAM
Jon Waites (clockwise from left) Untitled, 2011, griptape on plywood, Righteous #4, 2011, acrylic, cotton, skate wax and wood, Sesh, 2012, latex paint, canvas and wood On February 4th, PEREGRINEPROGRAM introduced Jon Waites’ newest solo exhibition. Radical, Work is a collection of works investigating the forms of an adolescent obsession with the architecture and constructed spaces of wheeled street-based... 

Arow Collective // PART I

Arow Collective // PART I
Arow Collective. "In the Forest: An Afro-Futurist Piece." Sir Jove performance. January 2012. (Image courtesy of Justin Barbin.) When you receive noise complaints from your neighbors and subsequent eviction threats over the phone from an angry landlord who lives in the suburbs but Googled your address and came across DIY flyers of public shows you’re hosting in your three-story loft that’s... 

Of Us at Mess Hall

Of Us at Mess Hall
Mess Hall storefront view, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) When attending shows it is common to walk away with little more than a piece of ephemera and a new art experience. Instead of offering the usual experience, the 13 artists in Of Us at Mess Hall each crafted different forms of exchange, inviting everyone there to walk away with hand-made or artist-harvested tokens. I left with a fast-food... 

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.
Even Though Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) focuses on the visual arts, sometimes we like to step over and see how the other half lives. Last week SIFC Media Director Andrew Roddewig caught a performance of “Purple State” at Links Hall. “The Purple State features three distinct female choreographers with deep connections to Ohio. From a state steeped with political party drama and cities steadily... 

MDW Fall Showcase

MDW Fall Showcase
This past weekend was the Fall Showcase at the MDW Fair. Below is a description of the fair from the MDW Fair website. “On October 21st- 23rd, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand... 

An Afternoon at this Year’s EDRA Conference

An Afternoon at this Year's EDRA Conference
Hundreds of urban innovators came together at the Palmer House Hilton earlier this month for Chicago’s annual Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference, and I counted myself lucky to be among them. Design professionals registering for the conference. Photo by Lindsey Anderson. The conference was already in full swing when I arrived Thursday afternoon. Dozens of architects and... 

Tell the Next Mayor, Why Art Matters.

Tell the Next Mayor, Why Art Matters.
On Friday night, February 11th, 2011, SIFC partnered up with The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) at their space in Pilsen. This was not just any event—it was an occasion, an opportunity for the art communities and political figures in Chicago to meet and engage in conversation with one another. Other partnering organizations included: Three Walls, Cro, New City, Chicago Reader, WBEZ Radio, Gozamos,... 
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