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“Blue Glue and Other Explorations”: An Interview with Mara Baker

Continuing ACRE’s year-long series of shows by its 2010 summer residents, Blue Glue and Other Explorations is a body of work by Mara Baker, installed at Happy Collaborationists. Mara’s drawings, photographs, and site-specific installation serve as an exploration of histories and of the mental and physical act of collection. For the three weeks prior to Blue Glue’s reception on Saturday, Mara... 

A Look at Woman Made Gallery’s 14th International Open

A Look at Woman Made Gallery's 14th International Open
For nearly twenty years, Woman Made Gallery has ceaselessly promoted and supported the artwork of women in Chicago. A not-for-profit organization sustained largely by volunteerism, the gallery has nonetheless managed to host regular educational programs, workshops, and exhibitions in its airy, two-story space, and last week it welcomed the public to its 14th International Open. Guests chat while wandering... 

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II
Balancing the integrity of an artist with the acumen of a businessperson, distinguishing between Pilsen and Bridgeport, and telling misguided young artists that their work is mediocre at best… no topic is off limits for the owner of 4Art Inc. Gallery. What follows is the second part of my conversation with Robin Rios in anticipation of her gallery opening on Friday, March 18, from 7-10pm. Read PART... 

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I
Robin Rios is the owner and founder of 4Art Inc. Gallery, currently located in the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. I had interned at 4Art during Summer 2008 in its original Pilsen location, marking my fortuitous foray into what I had feared was the bureaucratic cult that is the art industry, only to be greeted with friendly tattooed arms, a refreshing lack of pretension, and home-grown vegetables... 

“Frontispiece // The Uncanny Imagination”: An Interview with Becket Flannery and Grant Ray, PART II

After wandering through Pilsen, Becket Flannery and I returned to ACRE Projects, where Grant Ray had finished hanging his work for The Uncanny Imagination. As Becket installed his collages for Frontispiece, Grant explained to me his interest in using the photographic medium as a means of documentation, of using scientific processes to present seemingly mundane information and consequently create a... 

“Frontispiece // The Uncanny Imagination”: An Interview with Becket Flannery and Grant Ray, PART I

Frontispiece and The Uncanny Imagination are projects by Becket Flannery and Grant Ray, respectively, that constitute a two-person exhibition at ACRE Projects. Part of ACRE’s year-long series of shows by 2010 summer residents, their work finds common ground not only through the photographic medium, but also through their exploration of the narrative and the dynamic between images and narratives,... 

A Weekend in Pilsen and Exhibitionism (again)

A Weekend in Pilsen and Exhibitionism (again)
If I could have spent my entire personal savings last night at the Beer Run Gallery, I would have. Beer Run is not just an art gallery but part of the Pilsen art community so it is unfortunate that they are closing the doors. The good news is that many came and supported, in presence or purchase, the end of many great art initiatives and the beginning of more to come. Unlike the varied themes... 

Disco balls. Yoga. Painting for everyone.

Disco balls. Yoga. Painting for everyone.
Image from projection of Jettison Quarterlys Fall Issue, Release Party at Empty Bottle, September 2010 Fall rolled in today, which means soon the weather will be dreadfully cold and people will be making less effort to attend art events. This makes us sad but for those of you who plan to hibernate this winter you might want to consider some new reading material to get you through. For starters I recommend... 
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