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On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill
Drawing from his experience as a college football player, Ethan Gill, approaches painting actively with honest expressive marks. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University and is a current MFA candidate at SAIC. My fascination with his paintings began with a show entitled, “My Idea of Fun.” A couple of weeks afterwards, I got the opportunity to interview him for the site. We spoke... 

My Idea of Fun

My Idea of Fun
The artist Michael Rea once stated that, “Fun is a subjective experience, and by no means universal……the expression of fun becomes a proclamation or a designation of honesty.”  My Idea of Fun –the brainchild of Michael Rea– deals with the subjectivity of the artists and their amusements. Although fun is a subjective experience all of the works engage in some sort of indulgence.... 

Wooden Awesomeness for Weirdos & Perpetual Nerds: The Work of Michael Rea

Wooden Awesomeness for Weirdos & Perpetual Nerds: The Work of Michael Rea
Looking at the idea of failure and drawing from pop culture inspirations, Michael Rea creates enormous wooden sculptures. To borrow from Jeriah Hildwine, he produces a “wooden wonderland for nerds.” Remnants of your favorite movie or book are manipulated, altered, and combined in an attractively entertaining way. Last weekend, I caught up with Mike for a studio visit and interview. We spoke about... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || July 1st – July 3rd

Week Ends, Art Begins || July 1st - July 3rd
All of us at Sixty took a look around and the happenings this weekend and picked the ones we think you may want to check out.  Also, be sure to check out the downloadable July SIFC Summer Guide. You may also find it sprinkled around the city. FRIDAY || July 1, 2011 Revenge: New Works by The Little Friends of Printmaking We couldn’t have written anything better than the clever folks at Rotofugi... 

Unleash the lease. Torluemke and Soto

Unleash the lease. Torluemke and Soto
Joshua Ginsberg owner and founder of Chicago Art Leasing LLC discussed with me why he thinks leasing art is a great way to support artists aside from selling artwork outright, “it takes the hassle out of the art buying process because the 300+ artists on our roster gives an eclectic mix of art that you won’t always find in most commercial galleries and we offer a varied price range depending... 
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