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These (Art) Moments: Matthew Hoffman & Andrea Jablonski at Pitchfork

These (Art) Moments: Matthew Hoffman & Andrea Jablonski at Pitchfork
Matthew Hoffman's installation in collaboration with Johalla Projects at Pitchfork Music Festival, 2012. (Image Credit: Zachary Johnston) Matthew working on the stands for the letters in his studio. (Image Credit: Zachary James Johnston) When we talk about the Pitchfork Music Festival, we usually talk about the abundance of performers from across the country and globe. Perhaps we mention the heat... 

A New Art District from the Ground Up

A New Art District from the Ground Up
Tom Brand. For Now We See Through a Glass Darkly, 2012. Oil on Panel. Michigan City, IN. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) How do you start an art district from the ground up? Fifty-three miles east of Chicago, the answer is collaboration. A town of thirty thousand people connected to Chicago by the South Shore Electric line, Michigan City boasts an art center, a handful of commercial galleries, non-art... 

NATO: Protest Art and Portable Murals

NATO: Protest Art and Portable Murals
There’s something exhilarating about protest art, the way it erupts on the street at moments of upheaval and refuses to be ignored. From beautifully designed propaganda posters, to seemingly nonsensical costumes and hastily scrawled signs, protesters flood public spaces with their visual challenges to established paradigms and demand attention in a way that paintings and performance art enclosed... 

Pre-emergent Art: The new avant-garde

Pre-emergent Art: The new avant-garde
With the emerging art market oversaturated with competing twenty-somethings and the prices of children’s art spiraling out of control in the inflated naïve art market, collectors are turning their eyes to a more youthful art world stratum, that of the pre-emergent artist. To learn more about those working within this burgeoning market, I turned to an artist on the bleeding edge of this avant-garde... 

Spudnik Press // Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt

Spudnik Press // Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt
Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago’s printmaking studio, offers classes to those who are fascinated, intrigued and eager to learn the art of printmaking. I had the pleasure of attending the “Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt” workshop and watch as individuals from all different career backgrounds learned and explored the craft of screen printing. This one-day workshop, led by Spudnik instructor Megan... 

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... 

Unfolding Space

Unfolding Space
Upon hanging up your coat at the Floating World Gallery, you’re greeted by wall text that asks the question, “Is there a way to represent a place objectively?” Curators Charlotte Page and Susan Conger-Austin aren’t sure, but with An Architecture of Moments, they explore the possibilities through Page’s thesis work from the IIT Graduate Architecture Program — or, rather, you do, as... 

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... 

Out in the Cold: Winter through the lens of the Chicago Photography Collective

Out in the Cold: Winter through the lens of the Chicago Photography Collective
Endurance in unforgiving conditions. That is the way of nature — and the way of Chicago — in winter. Members of the Chicago Photography Collective delved into the season of extremity in their most recent exhibit Out in the Cold, which finished its run Jan. 28 in the Loop. Images from different genres — from street to abstract photography — portray urban and natural worlds that are equal parts... 

Bibiana Suárez: Memoria(Memory) and the Latino Experience

Bibiana Suárez: Memoria(Memory) and the Latino Experience
"Se Habla Ingles" and other pairs, 2011. (Image Credit: Ray Figlewski.) When considering Bibiana Suárez’s exhibition Memoria(Memory), one must look past the distinction of Chicano, Cuban, or Puerto Rican art as separate entities and instead view the exhibition as a portrayal of the  Latino experience in the United States as a whole.  While a daunting task, Suárez narrowly escapes... 
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