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Declaring Aerosol Supremacy: Statik’s Manifesto for a New Chicago Aesthetic

Declaring Aerosol Supremacy: Statik’s Manifesto for a New Chicago Aesthetic
Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes’ show Aerosol Supremacy offers an expert demonstration of “can control,” color choice, and formal prowess, but also keen insight on the various influences and multiple histories of graffiti art.  A sort of retrospective for and of the underground, Aerosol Supremacy pays homage to the Chicago graffiti scene. Through demonstrated aesthetic excellence, it also argues... 

Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll // PART I

Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll // PART I
Text? Check. Drugs? Debatable. Rock and roll? Art stars aplenty. At least, one of the show’s artists walked around cradling a handmade Jack Daniels plushie (probably the world’s most comforting security blanket, to be quite honest). Featuring an international group of over 40 artists working across different media, Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll opened last Friday at Maxwell Colette Gallery with... 

If This Ain’t Love

If This Ain’t Love
Yesterday I attended the annual Meeting of Styles live graffiti event in Chicago’s Little Village. Participation in M.O.S is invite only so for first time participant artist Brooks Golden, this was a big deal. It was especially meaningful for me to witness so many talented artists coming together and converging their diversity with such honest styles of work right in the city I live in. If... 
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