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Break The Bread : 004 Break The Bread

Break The Bread : 004 Break The Bread
A documentary web series on the food art of Nick Jirasek’s Chicago-based Guerrilla Smiles catering. In collaboration with artists, Jirasek creates unique art inspired culinary works to be enjoyed at art events. Focusing on process, Break The Bread details Nick Jirasek’s passion of bringing art to audience through food. Featuring Chicago artist Julia Haw in her solo exhibition ’You... 

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,... 

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... 

Interview with Collage Artist Christopher Ilth

Interview with Collage Artist Christopher Ilth
Christopher Ilth is a self-taught artist born and raised in Chicago. Ilth began drawing as a child but now works primarily in collage. Heavily influenced by Surrealism and Dada, his meticulous compositions offer a striking combination of organic, mechanical, and political imagery. Ilth also recently hosted a group art show reflecting the aesthetic of the “trash rock” scene called Tarantisimo... 

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,... 

“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,... 
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