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The Wonderment and Complexities of Nature: An Interview with Jenny Kendler

The Wonderment and Complexities of Nature: An Interview with Jenny Kendler
Jenny Kendler is extensively involved in the Chicago art scene, and also dedicated to environmental justice and activism.  In fact, her two passions are deeply intertwined. Through her work, she shares the wonder, beauty and complexity of nature and its relationship with human culture.  Jenny is a member of the BOLT Residency through the Chicago Artists Coalition, member of the feminist collective... 

Augmenting Our Cultural Garden: A Conversation with Faheem Majeed

Augmenting Our Cultural Garden: A Conversation with Faheem Majeed
If you were to dig into the corners of your closets, mine the contents of sealed boxes and locate the residual objects of your existence then pull them all together, what story would it tell about you? This was the process of artist Faheem Majeed as he began to create his most recent installation Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden for the Hairy Blob exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center. Instead... 

The Young Historians: Marcy Thomas

The Young Historians: Marcy Thomas
The Young Historians is a series exploring the lives of recent art history graduates with ties to the Chicago area. In this fourth installment, I spoke with Marcy Thomas, who was one of the earliest graduates to receive a degree from North Central College in art history, a major established in 2010. She is currently preparing to enter Northern Illinois University’s MFA program, focusing in fibers. ZJ:... 

From Ansel Adams to Ol’ Dirty Bastard: A Conversation with Mike Schreiber

From Ansel Adams to Ol' Dirty Bastard: A Conversation with Mike Schreiber
Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey), 1998/1999. (Image courtesy of Mike Schreiber.) In one of my favorite Black Star tracks, Thieves In The Night, rapper Mos Def challenges listeners to “separate the real from the lie.” Maneuvering comfortably in the classic techniques and processes of analog photography, New York-based artist Mike Schreiber works to achieve exactly that by creating images which... 

Galerie F: An Art Space for the Masses

Galerie F: An Art Space for the Masses
Accessible art. The phrase seems to be as dependable as an honest politician, but owners Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Billy Craven along with Gallery Director Allie Whalen are trying to make it a staple of the Chicago art scene. Emerging from Tasseff-Elenkoff’s successful silk-screening studio FugScreens, the duo decided to open a space in Logan Square that not only showcases printmaking and street... 

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers
Faheem Majeed. Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden, 2012. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition page. There, I was introduced to the Hairy Blob for the first time. Intrigued with how artists’ visualize time, space, and environment, I reached out to the curator Adelheid... 

On Trapped In What I Made Believe: Q & A with Kasia Kay

On Trapped In What I Made Believe: Q & A with Kasia Kay
Hebru Brantley. Double Dare, 2012. Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) Not that long ago, the artist Hebru Brantley said, “When it’s all said and done and I’m out of here. I want people to remember me as a superhero.  You know very mythological like I wore tights all day, but I was just super swole. I glowed. I could fly. I could do amazing... 

Time, Travel, and the Beauty in Found Objects: An Interview with Amie Sell

Time, Travel, and the Beauty in Found Objects: An Interview with Amie Sell
Amie Sell is a sculpture, installation, and all-around experimentation artist and resident artist at Chicago Art Department in East Pilsen.  Her work consists largely of the collection and manipulation of found objects, and has been shown at CAD and the Logan Square Art Center.  Another of her projects is the documentation of the bioluminescence of fireflies captured through a printing process called... 

Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective

Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective
Art is no stranger to social justice movements. In the twentieth century alone, the US witnessed folk songs in protest of the Vietnam War, Feminist art critiquing the unequal treatment of women, and guerilla art collectives fighting for an adequate government response to the AIDS crisis. The Occupy Movement is no exception. Growing out of Occupy Chicago’s Arts & Recreation subcommittee, The... 

From Michigan to Chicago, Punk-Rock to Animals: An Interview with Matt Maniscalco

From Michigan to Chicago, Punk-Rock to Animals: An Interview with Matt Maniscalco
   Matt Maniscalco is a painter, graphic designer, and resident artist and co-owner of Black Cloud Gallery in East Pilsen. Currently, his work is featured in Black Cloud’s April show, Embody, along with fellow figure artists Jennifer Cronin and Ian Mitchell Wallace. His paintings feature scenes from punk-rock concerts juxtaposed with simple geometric shapes in the center, creating a feeling of... 
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