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Big Ideas: The Artist’s Role Today

Big Ideas: The Artist's Role Today
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. The role of the artist has differed throughout time and place. He or she has been a craftsman, an illustrator of texts, a decorator of religious structures, a luxury goods producer, a rebel, and the savior of mankind, among countless other types. As culture has changed, so has the artist’s role;... 

Big Ideas: The Future of Art

Big Ideas: The Future of Art
This article kicks off Big Ideas, a new series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. In college I was told again and again that the avant-garde is over. Art is no longer focused primarily around advancement, progress, and originality. Since the early 1970′s, art’s only rule has been “anything goes”. I quickly fell into the thinking of some historians that if artists... 

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... 

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012
Who doesn’t love a good year end best of list? It has become an annual tradition for us at Sixty to put together the most read articles on our website as a way to reflect on the art we have seen and the minds we have picked throughout the past year. Making up a large percentage of the tens of thousands of people who perused our website in 2012, the following are the top articles that grabbed your... 

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center
Image of the exhibition Ground Floor provided by the Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde. Ground Floor, the biennial group exhibition which occupies the entire 10,000-square-foot first floor of the Hyde Park Art Center, showcases 11 recent MFA graduates from The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, University of Chicago, Northwestern and UIC. The Center is refreshingly open to... 

Welcome to Goonswood: Visualizing the Just Out of Sight

Welcome to Goonswood: Visualizing the Just Out of Sight
“Part reptile, part human, maybe they are angels,” Goons mused. He was reflecting on his creatures, also called goons, who he obsessively paints and draws in different settings, guises, outfits, and identities. The goons, marked by their iconic giant open mouths with thick lips, are electric, psychedelic, and whimsical creatures. Opening on October 5th, Welcome to Goonswood presented a prospective... 

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo
  Watches, Photo Courtesy of Kerri Sherman From the distinctly different works of photographer Kerri Sherman and mixed media artist Camille Iemmolo come two parallel narratives.  One focuses on romanticizing nature and conveying nostalgia for craft and perception, while the other explores surreal disillusionment of childhood dreams not completely coming true.  Perhaps the most remarkable aspect... 

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... 

Anne Lindberg: Sustaining Pedal

Anne Lindberg: Sustaining Pedal
Optical illusions and multisensory triggers mark the appeal of Anne Lindberg’s Sustaining Pedal show at Carrie Secrist Gallery. Lindberg aims to “create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency,” according to her artist statement, and the pieces do demonstrate a synesthesia of sorts. Her large 2D works from a distance resemble watercolor washes, but upon further inspection prove to... 

Fearless, Cute, and Cheap: The Work of Baltazar Castillo

Fearless, Cute, and Cheap: The Work of Baltazar Castillo
Occasionally, Sixty invites guest writers to share their words and contribute an article to our archives.  This week we welcome, Jess Kaswiner, arts advocate with the Arts & Education Exchange from the Arts Alliance Illinois and creator of the podcast ‘Artists Mean Business‘.  The following is her introduction to and analysis of work by Chicago artist Baltazar Castillo. Baltazar... 
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