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High Brow, Low Brow, Here Brow, No Brow: A Studio Visit with Paul Perkins

High Brow, Low Brow, Here Brow, No Brow: A Studio Visit with Paul Perkins
  This article was originally posted at Gapers Block on January 9, 2013 by Kelly Reaves. 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,... 

Just Humans: An Interview with Angelica Dass, creator of Humanae

Just Humans: An Interview with Angelica Dass, creator of Humanae
As children, we are often told not to judge a book by its cover, but this is a lesson we tend to forget over time. In Angélica Dass’s project, Humanae, also known as “The Pantone Project,” she erases the stigmas surrounding skin color by creating a growing collection of pigments—of people’s skin. In her travelling studio, Dass invites random sitters to plop down on a stool and have their... 

‘Pilgrims’ in an urban land: An interview with photographer Zbigniew Bzdak

'Pilgrims' in an urban land: An interview with photographer Zbigniew Bzdak
Zbigniew Bzdak’s adventures as a professional photographer have sent him across the globe. He is a staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune and has covered major assignments such as the war in Iraq and Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Bzdak settled in the U.S. after emigrating from Poland in 1979 to photograph Latin American rivers. His photography has been published in National Geographic,... 

Attempts, Impulses and Talking With Fear, Revisited

Attempts, Impulses and Talking With Fear, Revisited
Forward motion is ineluctable. It is something that most of us accept as a part of life. Art-minded individuals tend to be particularly sensitive to this intrinsic vanward impulse, which makes the occasional chance to stop and reflect something to be appreciated. Almost two years after our initial interview about the series Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow, Matt Austin and I once again found... 

Arts Advocacy at Its Best and On the Wall: An Interview with Monique Meloche

Arts Advocacy at Its Best and On the Wall: An Interview with Monique Meloche
Situated between Chicago’s Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village communities is the gallery Monique Meloche. The gallery’s on the wall program has become one of the freshest art windows in the area and a conversation piece with which Meloche seeks to engage passersby. Here’s what Meloche had to say about the origins and future of this two-year old program, which seeks to encourage interest in the... 

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying
Bobby Scheidemann’s work intrigues his audience with his usage of everyday objects. A native of Texas, Bobby lived in Chicago this past summer and now resides in New York. His work has been shown in Texas, Chicago and the UK. Bobby is one of four artists to be featured in Everyday Always Trying at The Coat Check at David Weinberg Photography. I had the pleasure of learning more about his photography,... 

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo

Romanticizing and Revising the Past: Kerri Sherman and Camille Iemmolo
  Watches, Photo Courtesy of Kerri Sherman From the distinctly different works of photographer Kerri Sherman and mixed media artist Camille Iemmolo come two parallel narratives.  One focuses on romanticizing nature and conveying nostalgia for craft and perception, while the other explores surreal disillusionment of childhood dreams not completely coming true.  Perhaps the most remarkable aspect... 

Arresting Views of the Arrested: An Interview with Marcelo Grosman

Arresting Views of the Arrested: An Interview with Marcelo Grosman
It is not everyday that we are confronted by work that stops us in our tracks, works at our psyche and leaves us wanting more. When I first laid eyes on the work of Argentinian-born artist Marcelo Grosman, I couldn’t help but wonder who the artist was and who were the people in these spellbinding and unsettling images. Guilty!, the most recent show of Grosman’s work at The Mission Projects,... 

Cuddled Apples and Coital Rods: An Interview with Bobby Doherty

Cuddled Apples and Coital Rods: An Interview with Bobby Doherty
A twig resting precariously on a wrench propped against a bubble gum pink painted background. Two apples, one faded green and one bright red, nestled in a bright red and white stripe cloth. A man, with perfectly smooth and dark skin sits erect and upright, facing away from the camera, his back covered with neatly arranged baby-pink bows. Objects positioned (or mistakenly happened) into anthropomorphic... 

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish
Sixty Inches From Center’s Exchange Partnerships are our chance to spread the word about others who are writing about and documenting art and artists in Chicago, and doing it so beautifully. We have been longtime fans of our friends at Gozamos.com and their coverage of Latino art and culture from here to Milwaukee and are happy to have them as a partner. This week Gozamos writer Terry Carlton interviews... 
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