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Amongst Angels: Liz “Beloved” Lazdin’s Portraits of Chicago

Amongst Angels: Liz
Amongst Angels Chicago, an exposition of Liz “Beloved” Lazdin’s multimedia spray paint, collage, drawing, and painting works, illuminates the way that grit and vulnerability collide in urban spaces, embodied in key figures from Chicago’s activist and hip hop communities. Beloved explained some of the impetus behind the show: “I consider myself, at this stage of my life,... 

Comics Meet Journalism: The Illustrated Press

Comics Meet Journalism: The Illustrated Press
A few months ago I donated to an intriguing Kickstarter project, a comics journalism compilation by journalist/artist team Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez called The Illustrated Press. The book was successfully funded and is set for an August release. It will include heartfelt snapshots of Chicago like 2011’s “Wedlock: Love and Marriage in the Cook County Jail,” which follows the courthouse... 

Artists at Play: Patrick Lichty in the Virtual Realm

Artists at Play: Patrick Lichty in the Virtual Realm
The year is 2072. The world is a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Entire cities are in shambles from tactical nukes. Seven giant mega-corporations rein over powerless governments, and technology has advanced the internet to a vast 3-D matrix. Meanwhile, DNA mutations are sprinkling populations with magic-wielding “metahumans.” This is the world of Shadowrun, a role-playing game where cyberpunk and... 
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