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Keepsakes of the City: The Polaroid Gallery Show

Keepsakes of the City: The Polaroid Gallery Show
Photographer Sara Stubblefield is this month’s 2nd Friday guest at Oscar Luis Martinez Fine Art Gallery-Studio in Pilsen at 1841 S. Halsted. For the past six months, Stubblefield has embarked on a project to document Chicago’s changing urban landscape using Polaroids. Her images of street art and architectural fragments have a certain glow to them, the ethereal quality of a surfacing memory... 

A Glimpse of Shami Noir

A Glimpse of Shami Noir
Shami Sosa (a.k.a. Shami Noir) is a musician and visual artist who uses street art to promote both his music and a larger idea of The Self. Shami Sosa 2013. Street art, Los Angeles, CA. (Image Credit: Shami Sosa) Mackenzie Wilson (MW): Why make street art to promote music? As opposed to flyering or putting up more typical promotional material? Shami Sosa (SS): Street art speaks to everyone. Young,... 

Melody Saraniti’s Gravitational Pull

Melody Saraniti's Gravitational Pull
Angela Bryant curated this selection of drawings and paintings by Melody Saraniti for Gravitational Pull at Design Cloud. Melody’s work adds to an ongoing conversation on Abstract Expressionism that’s spoken through gestures, layers, color, and spills. She drains the work of emotion by manipulating Pollock’s language to control what he would have used freely and toys with our expectations... 

“Changing the Urban Canvas”: Interview with Kamelia Hristeva

 Green Star Movement is a non-profit organization that strives to revitalize urban Chicago neighborhoods by teaching young people and community members to design and create public art.  Their large-scale mosaic murals can be spotted in over 40 locations across the city.  I had a conversation with founder and executive director Kamelia Hristeva to learn more about Green Star’s mission, goals,... 

Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology

Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology
  For the past seven years, Proyecto Latina has been inspiring women to write and share their stories online and at their reading series on the Southside of Chicago. “Writing is for everyone and it’s important for our stories to have a place where they’re valued,” says Paloma Martinez-Cruz, the editor of the group’s upcoming book, Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology. Founding... 

Error 415: Glitch Art, The Newest Unsupported Media Type

Error 415: Glitch Art, The Newest Unsupported Media Type
In partnership with Click | Gallery, TriTriangle Gallery hosted works by artist/programmers Jon Satrom and Daniel Temkin. The artists’ preferred medium is glitch art, which is made by corrupting or altering digital code for aesthetic effect. I got to speak with them about their interest in the medium, organizing the GLI.TC/H conference and the compulsive nature of interacting with machines. Mackenzie... 

Art on Armitage:The Bleeding Border

Art on Armitage:The Bleeding Border
Armitage Avenue, west of Pulaski is a bustling street, full of small businesses and foot traffic—the perfect place for the window gallery, Art on Armitage. The most recent display/exhibition is the Bleeding Border by artist Sergio Gomez. In it, he uses powerful imagery to raise awareness  of the dangers children face as they cross the border to be reunited with their parents—an important topic... 

Beautiful Tension: A Conversation with Natalie Krick

Beautiful Tension: A Conversation with Natalie Krick
Mom Laying In The Front Yard, 2012. (Image courtesy of the artist) Natalie Krick‘s photographs are messy. Though visually striking and impeccably executed, her photographs evoke the clashing of belief systems and the disruption of accepted norms, and that often comes with contention and messiness. Her ongoing series Natural Deceptions blends Krick’s identity with that of her mother’s... 

An Interview with Tania Bruguera

An Interview with Tania Bruguera
This article was originally published by ArtSlant by writer Erik Wenzel. This article is part of a series of article exchange partnerships between Sixty Inches From Center and other online blogs and journals that have missions similar to ours–to document and support the visual arts happening in Chicago. The goal of these partnerships is to build bridges within our writing community, help promote... 

Flawed Illusions: Interview with Virginia Melanson

Flawed Illusions: Interview with Virginia Melanson
Virginia Melanson. Control. Acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 5ft. (image courtesy of the artist) Gender constructs are exactly that: constructed.  Many artists in the past have addressed feminism and gender issues through their work.  Gender constructs can be both subtle and obvious, elusive and profound.  Virginia Melanson is an artist who has addressed these issues in a form not often seen before: three-dimensional... 
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