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BIFORA | Carlo LoCascio Exhibition at Blanc Gallery

BIFORA | Carlo LoCascio Exhibition at Blanc Gallery
Detail of the work Violated Stability, a work in Bifora: Portrait of a Moment, the work of Carlo LoCascio at Blanc Gallery, July 4, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) “Living isn’t space or time; living is only many moments, the sum of which is also but a moment.” – Carlo LoCascio   When you step inside of Blanc Gallery you quickly realize just that–it’s... 

Chris Smith’s Unspoken Language

Chris Smith's Unspoken Language
Michigan City’s Walnut Ink Gallery drew quite the mixed crowd for their opening on June 11th, with people from Chicago, Aurora, Indiana, Dekalb, and everywhere in between in attendance. They’d all come to see new work by Chris Smith, whose current show is entitled Unspoken Language. Julia Nielsen and Chris Grohs of Walnut Ink Gallery first met Chris while curating their inaugural show last summer.... 

Pawn Works Presents, Clown Soldier

Pawn Works Presents, Clown Soldier
It has been a week since Gabriel Specter’s show ended and Nick and Seth of Pawn Works already have prepared another entirely new show featuring a print maker and street artist who goes by the alias of “Clown Soldier.” The show is called Human Cannonball and the opening took place this past Friday, June 24th. The artist was available for an interview so be sure to keep posted next... 

Running Room with Erik Peterson

Running Room with Erik Peterson
Tow truck driver picks up i-Go car in front of A+D Gallery. June 23, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel) I was standing outside of the A+D Gallery for Erik Peterson’s opening for the show Running Room, wrapping up a phone call, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out something was happening and I needed to take notice. Not only had the two people standing outside A+D multiplied substantially,... 

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... 

Caution: Wet Paint

Caution: Wet Paint
Psychologists coined the term “perceptual vigilance” to describe the way that one starts seeing something everywhere after they first take notice of it. Well, it seems that this phenomenon has taken hold of the members of Sixty Inches From Center. Over the past month, many of us couldn’t help but notice Mental 312’s street art all over Chicago. Exiting the highway, cruising by on a CTA bus,... 

Happy Birthday Inkling!

Happy Birthday Inkling!
Customers make a quick purchase during the festivities. June 3, 2011. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) On June third, Inkling, a handmade gift shop in Lakeview, was full of life. The air inside was thick from the heat that comes with a large group of people engaged in lively conversation. In the back sat a generous display of cupcakes and beer and people were not shy about taking seconds. It was Inkling’s... 

Tenants With Benefits

Tenants With Benefits
Michael Jewell. Run Yr Mouth, 2011. Mixed Media. Bucktown, Chicago, IL. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) It’s no secret that the bulk of art produced by young Chicagoans is made in their apartments. Behind closed doors, living spaces are transformed into makeshift studios where countless art pieces are created, many never to meet the public eye. Some of these artists are supported by another kind... 

Gabriel Specter: Repeat Offender

Gabriel Specter: Repeat Offender
This week will be the last chance to view New York street artist Gabriel Specter’s solo show, Repeat Offender. The artwork was created specifically for this show during a short-term residency at Chicago gallery space, Pawn Works. If you missed out on this one [no worries] Nick and Seth (Co-Directors of the space) have plenty more programming worth checking out this summer. Gabriel Specter from... 

Images from The Air We Breathe Exhibition

Images from <em>The Air We Breathe</em> Exhibition
This past weekend, the winners and outstanding submissions of The Air We Breathe: The Chicago Clean Air Design Competition were revealed in an exhibition space during Pilsen’s 2nd Friday art walk.  The competition was hosted by the volunteer initiative, Design Makes Change: A Chicago Design Initiative, and called for design entries that would address the issue of air pollution in the Pilsen... 
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