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Shota Kawahara’s “Inspiration” Finds an Audience

Shota Kawahara's
Re-Invent Gallery’s current show Inspiration unites clean presentation and progressive work with the intimate and quiet atmosphere of small town America.  Japanese artist Shota Kawahara’s solo exhibition of bright, visually graphic paintings and installation work call to mind the various pieces of artists like Yayoi Kusama and Basquiat, complete with clean lines, bold colors alongside wild, gestural... 

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life
"Pretty Please" (www.hammergallery.com) As I self-consciously entered North Wells Street’s Carl Hammer Gallery last Tuesday afternoon, a woman seated behind a small enclosure informed me that I appeared frightened of something.  Perhaps surprised to have a visitor at this particular hour, the woman couldn’t help but suspect that something was askew.  It’s easy, though, to understand... 

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids
Ian Mitchell Wallace, "Friends With Golden Benefits." Watercolor. (Image courtesy of Ian Mitchell Wallace.) Two young artists, two vastly different backgrounds, one art show in a vintage thrift store where I used to find and buy three-dollar grandma blazers in its basement. Presented by Arow Collective, The Drop Out Kids features new artwork by Gianni Onassis, who grew up on the South Side... 

Jon Waites: Radical, Work at PEREGRINEPROGRAM

Jon Waites: Radical, Work at PEREGRINEPROGRAM
Jon Waites (clockwise from left) Untitled, 2011, griptape on plywood, Righteous #4, 2011, acrylic, cotton, skate wax and wood, Sesh, 2012, latex paint, canvas and wood On February 4th, PEREGRINEPROGRAM introduced Jon Waites’ newest solo exhibition. Radical, Work is a collection of works investigating the forms of an adolescent obsession with the architecture and constructed spaces of wheeled street-based... 

Arow Collective // PART I

Arow Collective // PART I
Arow Collective. "In the Forest: An Afro-Futurist Piece." Sir Jove performance. January 2012. (Image courtesy of Justin Barbin.) When you receive noise complaints from your neighbors and subsequent eviction threats over the phone from an angry landlord who lives in the suburbs but Googled your address and came across DIY flyers of public shows you’re hosting in your three-story loft that’s... 

Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls

Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls
Laura Mackin, Driving (Dean, 1946-2006), 2011 Digital video, 2 minutes On January 13th, Laura Mackin introduced a new exhibition entitled 120 Years at threewalls, the latest installment in the threewallsSOLO program. Upon arrival, those who traveled to the exhibition found themselves confronted with more terrain to navigate. A composite collection of disparate postcards organized according to their... 

The Logan Square Comfort Station: In the ‘Art’ of a Community

The Logan Square Comfort Station:  In the 'Art' of a Community
Last fall, as the end of sweater weather drew near, three local artists took advantage of the final surge of Logan Square outdoor market goers to breathe new life into a neighborhood landmark.  If you live or work in the area, you’ve probably passed by it a hundred times, that little Tudor-style building across from the Logan monument.  For years the building dubbed the “Comfort Station” sat... 

Self-reflection through Photography: Jabari Zuberi

Self-reflection through Photography: Jabari Zuberi
Faheem Majeed and Jabari Zuberi at South Side Community Art Center Rose Land Exhibition, April 9, 2010 1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your artwork. My photography is the best reflection of myself. My work centers around portraiture and documentary photography. I try to create rich and engaging portraits that blend classic portraiture with a new vibrant energy. My roots in photography are based... 
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