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Fresh South Side Street Art

Fresh South Side Street Art
As of about ten days ago, there’s something new to look at from the left side of the Green Line train when heading north from Garfield. A formerly empty wall has been transformed into a piece of teal, geometric street art. I recommend braving the cold and taking a closer look. Discover more Mental 312 here.  Read More →

Catching up with Allyson Dykhuizen at the DIY Trunk Show

Catching up with Allyson Dykhuizen at the DIY Trunk Show
During the recent DIY Trunk Show I caught up with three very different participants (the other interviews can be found here and here) and asked them a few questions. One such participant was Allyson Dykhuizen, a knitter who strives to make her craft both accessible and social through the Sweatshop of Love. How did you first get involved with knitting? I had a teacher in high school who knit and loved... 

Lakeview East First Fridays

Lakeview East First Fridays
Brandy Agerbeck The city’s newest art walk is happening in a neighborhood most Chicagoans would assume has no art scene to speak of. Still, it seems enough people were aware of Lakeview East’s First Fridays to create healthy crowds in each of its four locations. Launched last month as a collaboration between Inkling, a local art and craft gift shop, and Loose Leaf, a nearby café, the walk also... 

Artist Talk with Jeff Zimmermann

Artist Talk with Jeff Zimmermann
The God Particle is the most recent installation at the Chicago Cultural Center by artist and muralist Jeff Zimmermann. Throughout Chicago Artists Month, Zimmermann was on site installing the work and opening up a conversation to the public. His work mixes iconography, popular culture and symbolism and come together to allow the viewer to create their own narrative and enter at several points. On... 

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010
Emily Vidal-Hallett, "And She Endangered the Sun," 2010. (Image courtesy of Marwen Staff.) My recent Friday night spent volunteering proved yet again that unpaid work is often more rewarding than compensated labor. On November 5th, Marwen celebrated their 5th annual Art Fair, and I and a friend of mine were there at the coat check to help out. Marwen is an organization that offers art education... 

Going Mobile Photo Booth

Going Mobile Photo Booth
On October 30th SIFC celebrated our launch by Going Mobile. We traveled through out the city in mobile art installation featuring work by Hebru Brantley and Brooks Golden.  As we traveled around the City we stopped at several locations including Hyde Park Arts Center and Chicago Urban Art Society. At the stops SIFC team members set up a photo both and invited the public to have their portrait taken... 

Perks of Biking it: RK Design’s 47th & Lake Park Mural Project

Perks of Biking it: RK Design’s 47th & Lake Park Mural Project
If you consider yourself a native of Hyde Park or any of its surrounding neighborhoods you are probably unaware of your familiarity with RK Designs.  This Chicago-based group combines the aesthetics of street art and fine art to make visually provocative graphic design, murals, paintings and more.  Evidence of this is found when passing under the Metra tunnel at 47th and Lake Park, at the northern... 

Here, There and Everywhere: Clutch Gallery

Here, There and Everywhere: Clutch Gallery
Meg Duguid opens up Clutch Gallery for attendees at the TAAC Open Dialogue in August 2010 “Clutch Gallery is a year long curatorial project located in my purse. I have had to pare down to carrying the basic necessities to eek out this 25 square inch white cube that is dedicating to exhibiting contemporary art of all media. Clutch opened in December of 2009 and will run until December... 

An Artist’s Wonderland: The Dorchester Project

An Artist's Wonderland: The Dorchester Project
The Dorchester Project, a highly anticipated multi-use space in Chicago, is the workings of internationally celebrated artist Theaster Gates. The space, which has a tentative completion date of 2012, is a wonderland for the artist, designer, architect, music lover and scholar with the entire former art history slide collection from University of Chicago, the remaining records that were left in the... 

My head doesn’t hit the ceiling: Basement Show by Parking Space

My head doesn’t hit the ceiling: Basement Show by Parking Space
In their own words: “Parking Space is a collaborative curatorial project initiated by artists Andrew J. Greene, EJ Hill and Matthew Schaffer that seeks to create a broader discourse and exchange of ideas within the Chicago arts community. We attempt to engage with the several disparate artistic communities within Chicago while also considering how we can more broadly interact with communities... 
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