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How Green Star Movement is “Changing the Urban Canvas”

How Green Star Movement is
As Chicagoans, we are lucky to be exposed to a variety of different forms of public art.  Blessed with numerous blank walls, building faces and underpasses, we have a vast “urban canvas” to be transformed into accessible works of art for all to enjoy.   Many talented artists have seized the opportunity to turn these spaces into their own creations, and Green Star Movement has played an integral... 

“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,... 

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim’s Fire Cliff 4

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim's Fire Cliff 4
In his famous speech from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed his dissatisfaction with the status quo of equality in the great United States of America. Fifty years later, inspired by Dr. King, South Korean artist Minouk Lim inserted herself into the conversation of race and equal rights in the United States. In doing so, Lim guided the audience through a performance that freed fixed and multi-layered... 

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... 

Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds

Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds
Xiaowei Chen manipulates minute ink lines into vast expanses and surreal scenery. Chen’s solo exhibition, “Above and Beyond the Clouds,” curated by Jiankun Xie at the Research House for Asian Art in Bridgeport, Chicago, literally revolves around her vast and exquisite drawing, Detached Clouds (1.2m. x 32 m.), which spreads almost the entire length of the gallery. The drawing serves as the focal... 

Collaging for A Cause

Collaging for A Cause
I am always interested in attending shows that integrate visual art and music, benefit a great cause, and take place in a space that I have yet to see.  Collage On Demand, a live collage show that took place on January 26, featured all of the above. Melissa Oresky at Collage On Demand Dan Sullivan and Edra Soto are co-owners of The Franklin, where the event took place and featured collage artist... 

Imaginary Creatures of Vivid Color: A Conversation with Lindsay Kunhardt

Imaginary Creatures of Vivid Color: A Conversation with Lindsay Kunhardt
Lindsay Kunhardt is a painter, illustrator, dragon fanatic, science nerd, lover of craft beer, and all around badass.  Relatively new to Chicago, she moved here on a whim from California and has quickly found roots here through her involvement with 4Art Inc, RAW Chicago, and other shows, both solo and collective.  Her body of work, which is largely listed under her pseudonym, Red Feathered Frock,... 

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,... 

Expanding on Relationships with Everyday Items with David Brandon Geeting

Expanding on Relationships with Everyday Items with David Brandon Geeting
  David Brandon Geeting is a Brooklyn-based photographer who has an interest in creating art from mundane, everyday objects.  Geeting moved from his home state of Pennsylvania to New York in order to pursue his BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, which he completed in 2011.  His photography made its first appearance in Chicago earlier this year while taking part in the group show,... 
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