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In The Studio with Mario Gonzalez, Jr.

In The Studio with Mario Gonzalez, Jr.
Zore, Zore Sixtyfour, Mario–he has many names. And depending on the time zone or space, you may get a different persona which often leads to a different body of work. But no matter which version of Mario Gonzalez, Jr. or series of work you find yourself encountered by, there is undoubtedly a common thread found throughout that can be traced back to a family of artists, awareness of early pioneers... 

A Glimpse of Shami Noir

A Glimpse of Shami Noir
Shami Sosa (a.k.a. Shami Noir) is a musician and visual artist who uses street art to promote both his music and a larger idea of The Self. Shami Sosa 2013. Street art, Los Angeles, CA. (Image Credit: Shami Sosa) Mackenzie Wilson (MW): Why make street art to promote music? As opposed to flyering or putting up more typical promotional material? Shami Sosa (SS): Street art speaks to everyone. Young,... 

Creating Spaces For Encounter at the Evanston Art Center

Creating Spaces For Encounter at the Evanston Art Center
“We want to activate this space,” said Evanston Art Center’s executive director Norah Diedrich of the mansion-like lakefront building her organization calls home. The EAC has existed since 1929 and in the Harley Clarke House since 1966, and remains an essential part of art’s ongoing evolution in Chicago. “We want more people in here and we want your ideas on the wall... 

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón
Showing from March 16 to April 16 at Howard Street Gallery and co-sponsored by Fullhearted, Melón and Sandía’s collaborative show offers a creative look at mixed media, street art aesthetics and playful meditations on life, death, immigration and gender. Sandía means Watermelon in Spanish, and the title mirrors the show’s wordplay. The aforementioned artists graciously allowed me to interview... 

The Q4 Tribe

The Q4 Tribe
Quennect 4 Gallery, 2012. (Image credit: Amara Betty Martin.) It’s hard to interview nomads when you’re trying to squeeze through dancing multitudes and libations are streaming forth and a fusion of hip hop and world music is blasting and you’re in the middle of an atmospherically lit space covered wall-to-wall in colorful murals with slogans ready to rouse revolution within you. Then again,... 

Moving Forward with Anthony Romero

Moving Forward with Anthony Romero
In fall of 2011 I came across the work of Anthony Romero at an exhibition at The Comfort Station entitled, Dealing with New Demands. Organized by ‘The Happiness Project’ the exhibition was essentially a one-day performance by curator Jennifer Mills acting as an art dealer in an “affordable art gallery’ showcasing artwork by 11 local artists. I purchased the entire series of Anthony’s illustrations... 

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... 

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... 
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