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Illuminate at Water Street Studios

Illuminate at Water Street Studios
Sean Williams. Light Miners (series). 2007. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson) Philosopher Erich Fromm said that “creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” With Illuminate, the staff at Water Street Studios has decided new ideas are worth the risk. In seven gallery shows over the past two years, Water Street has displayed strong exhibitions, each including a vast range of... 

I’m Here to Make Friends by Aay Preston-Myint

I'm Here to Make Friends by Aay Preston-Myint
In “I’m Here To Make Friends,” part of The Happy Collaborationists’ ‘Nostalgia’ series, Aay Preston-Myint digs through eight years of friendships, roommates, lovers, spaces, and collectives to assemble a body of work for a “solo” show using collaboration as its foundation. The Happy Collaborationists is a Chicago-based curatorial and artistic entity consisting of Anna Trier, Hadley... 

Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls

Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls
Laura Mackin, Driving (Dean, 1946-2006), 2011 Digital video, 2 minutes On January 13th, Laura Mackin introduced a new exhibition entitled 120 Years at threewalls, the latest installment in the threewallsSOLO program. Upon arrival, those who traveled to the exhibition found themselves confronted with more terrain to navigate. A composite collection of disparate postcards organized according to their... 

“Come To Light” A short film on Chicago Public Art Group.

Come To Light from Milk Products on Vimeo. Filmmakers are a unique brand of artist combining both aesthetics and narrative elements with music to create something that is very personal but also collaborative. When I first saw Todd Tue’s short documentary “Come To Light” about a really amazing organization, Chicago Public Art Group, I had to reach out the filmmaker and share his... 

New Year’s Resolution… for Art

New Year's Resolution... for Art
Image via: Wikipedia; Photoshopped by: Jes Standefer Happy New Years!  I hope that you have had a very festive, fattening, and joyous holiday season.  It has been a week since we welcomed 2012, so it is back to eating healthy, sobering up, and working for the first time in three weeks. Many of us start the new year with a resolution.  For many it’s to work out, others vow to not be late to... 

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... 

Miami Art Basel Through the Eyes of a Virgin Attendee

Miami Art Basel Through the Eyes of a Virgin Attendee
Miami Art Basel banner on a lamp post outside, on Dec 3 2011. (Photo Credit: Ray Figlewski) It seemed to happen in a whirlwind, one minute I was walking through the grey streets of Chicago trying to protect my face by the whipping wind only to find myself six hours later on a flight to my second home.  One of those sudden explosions of opportunity that could only come from determination, circumstance... 

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2011

Sixty's Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2011
As the People Don’t Like to Read Art show at Western Exhibitions proved, people do like to read art–and they will. The following are the top ten Sixty articles that you read (or watched) this past year. #1  || Hyde Park Public Art 5 of 5 The Spirit of Hyde Park, 2010. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson) “Taking in the wall, a mix of styles was evident. Bold, abstract... 
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