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Palette Knives and EKGs: A Conversation with Arts Cardiologist Dr. Bryk-Serna

Palette Knives and EKGs: A Conversation with Arts Cardiologist Dr. Bryk-Serna
Heart & Lung Illustration from Gray's Anatomy or Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical, 1858. Picture this: It’s 3am. You’re in your studio. The paint is slinging, ideas are flowing freely–almost poetically. Then suddenly, you see the color start to drain from the surface of your piece. It falls to the floor, motionless with shallow breaths, clinging to life. What do you do? Frantically... 

Rainbows, Yarn and Other Scary Things: A Studio Visit with David Sprecher

Rainbows, Yarn and Other Scary Things: A Studio Visit with David Sprecher
This article was originally posted at Gapers Block on December 5th, 2011 by Kelly Reaves. Sprecher in his studio, 2011. (Image courtesy of Kelly Reaves.) I became aware of David Sprecher and his violently playful work during last fall’s East Garfield open studios/art walk event. His studio is on the second floor in the Albany Carroll Arts Building, which also features a majestic garden,... 

People Don’t Like to Read Art || [and they’re missing out]

People Don’t Like to Read Art || [and they’re missing out]
Honestly, people don’t like to read in general. Art, specifically? From Jenny Holzer’s aphorisms projected throughout New York City to Kay Rosen’s recent Go Do Good installations in Chicago’s Loop, text-based art tends to grab viewers’ attention due to its relatively brazen nature. Contemporary art that is purely image-based is often met with objections of “I don’t get it,” or “Well,... 

Wear Your Geese with Confidence: An Interview with the Puterbaugh Sisters

Wear Your Geese with Confidence: An Interview with the Puterbaugh Sisters
In anticipation of their Art It Out show, I sat down and chatted with Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh, sisters whose brand of comedy is “experimental ridiculousness.” Before I hit “record,” we talked about how someone broke into their Humboldt Park apartment and stole their 11-year-old computer and their weed; how I heard about El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, where I first saw the duo perform as... 
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