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100 Canvases, 1 Curator | A Few Words With Stuart Hall

100 Canvases, 1 Curator | A Few Words With Stuart Hall
A selection of work from 100 Canvases For A Better World, July 6, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) Due to their love for The Silver Room’s Sound System Block Party and as a gesture of gratitude for the blood, sweat and tears that go into it, one hundred artists from across the city and the nation each donated a 12in. x 12in. original piece for the fundraising event. I took a trip to The... 

The Silver Room That’s Gold: An Interview with Eric Williams, Pt. 2

The Silver Room That’s Gold: An Interview with Eric Williams, Pt. 2
Sound System Block Party Mural at The Silver Room's former 1410 Milwaukee location. (Image Courtesy of The Silver Room.) This is the second part of an interview with The Silver Room owner Eric Williams, just in time for the 9th Annual Sound System Block Party. Did you catch part one? If not, check out ‘The Silver Room That’s Gold: An Interview with Eric Williams, Pt. 1′. Grown Folks... 

File Types: An Interview with Chaz Evans and Lorelei Stewart

File Types: An Interview with Chaz Evans and Lorelei Stewart
File Type is a show currently on view at Gallery 400, which attempts to move beyond the general realm of “digital art” into a more nuanced exploration of the many iterations of commonly used files types such as .jpg, .pdf and .tiff. I had a chance to meet up with the curators of the show, Chaz Evans and Lorelei Stewart, at Gallery 400. We discussed the relevance of approaching new media with... 

The Silver Room That’s Gold: An Interview with Eric Williams, Pt. 1

The Silver Room That's Gold: An Interview with Eric Williams, Pt. 1
The current Silver Room location, 2011. (Image courtesy of Eric Williams.) Maintaining a successful art space is no easy task. Those of us who are regulars within the Chicago arts circuit have seen a fair share of galleries, alternative spaces and performance venues come and go. When you find one that stands the test of time it most likely means they’re onto something. After thirteen years... 

Teenage Blockbuster

Teenage Blockbuster
Emily Souers. 2011. Mixed Media. Marwen, River North, Chicago. (Photo Credit: Katie Rodrigues) On Friday June 18th, Marwen, a non-profit youth art center in River North, held its opening exhibition for the Marwen Lab program. A three-year-old program, it is offered to Marwen students who wish to work on a single art project over the course of three 8-week terms. Open to Marwen’s most advanced high... 

85 Architectural Tours in a Single Year

85 Architectural Tours in a Single Year
Jennifer Lucente is a busy woman. Her job as a new media manager for the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is enviable, but demanding, and she logs long hours at the Foundation’s headquarters in downtown Chicago. On top of that, she maintains an eventful social calendar, and she can often be found at various art openings, industry events, and parties throughout the city. Jennifer is certainly... 

Clown Soldier the Human Cannonball

Clown Soldier the Human Cannonball
Human Cannonball is whimsical, complex and endearingly hokey. Printmaker and street artist, “Clown Soldier” crosses traditional boundaries of formal and street community art, pushing forward the notion of what is “accepted” or coined “good art” and how those standards are set and practiced by artists, curators, art historians, enthusiasts, collectors, and all the... 

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell
In between rounds of PBJ at The Boiler Room, I interviewed our very own Nicolette Caldwell, who co-founded Sixty Inches From Center with Tempestt Hazel. Sixty on Sixty is a new series in which SIFCers interview one another, allowing readers to get to know the fine folks who bring you the latest from Chicago’s art scene. Nicolette Caldwell in Paris, France. June 2007. (Image courtesy of Nicolette... 

Artist Adrian Moens at The Comfort Station

Artist Adrian Moens at The Comfort Station
“Adrian Moens’ multimedia exhibit and installation transmit/transmute integrates sound, sculpture, video, writing and painting. The underlying, and often paired, themes of rhythm and resonance, loss and removal, and empathy and revulsion are addressed through carefully considered minutiae of discreet words, imagery objects and sounds.” (This is an excerpt taken from a full press release... 

SYSTEMS and CITIES: An Interview with Clare Lyster

SYSTEMS and CITIES: An Interview with Clare Lyster
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Clare Lyster, an architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and principal and founder of Clare Lyster Urbanism and Architecture (CLUAA).  Her exhibition, SYSTEMscapes/Drawing Distribution Flow, is currently on view in the showPODS along the 1800 block of South Halsted in the Chicago Arts District. The exhibition displays Lyster’s... 
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