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Experimentation and Play: An Interview with Claire Ashley

 Experimentation and Play: An Interview with Claire Ashley
Last week I caught up with Claire Ashley at her Oak Park studio for an interview to discuss her inflatable sculptures. Claire Ashley’s seductively energetic objects consist of a delightful mixture of painting, sculpture, and performance. Memories of her Scottish heritage, architectural interests, motherhood, dance, and joie de vie  fuel Ashley’s desire to experiment with objects that engage in... 

I’m Here to Make Friends by Aay Preston-Myint

I'm Here to Make Friends by Aay Preston-Myint
In “I’m Here To Make Friends,” part of The Happy Collaborationists’ ‘Nostalgia’ series, Aay Preston-Myint digs through eight years of friendships, roommates, lovers, spaces, and collectives to assemble a body of work for a “solo” show using collaboration as its foundation. The Happy Collaborationists is a Chicago-based curatorial and artistic entity consisting of Anna Trier, Hadley... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || October 7th – October 9th

Week Ends, Art Begins || October 7th – October 9th
FRIDAY || October 7th, 2011 The Future’s Past: Exhibition & Installations // Opening Reception and Trolley Tour The Future’s Past is a pilot curatorial project that consists of several public window installations and a collaborative exhibition completed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois. It combines new technology and new media to create... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || September 2nd – 4th

Week Ends, Art Begins || September 2nd - 4th
FRIDAY || SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2011 { E X Q U I S I T E • C O R P S E } Cheers to Sixty’s own Jenny Lam, Zachary Johnson and Jes Standefer–curator and two of the 40 participants in this collaborative art exhibition in classic exquisite corpse style. E.C. will include Interactive art (stuff you can touch). Audience-participatory art (stuff you can create). An advice booth (stuff that may... 

BUILT: An Interview with Tristan Hummel

BUILT: An Interview with Tristan Hummel
Tristan Hummel is an extraordinary creative. His notoriety came from the last three years introducing the first ever public art experience on a CTA train called Art On Track. It is a widely anticipated annual event by Chicagoans and it is one of the most broadly accessible art related ‘goings on’ in the city. Anyone can enjoy the experience. You don’t have to be an art collector or... 

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell
In between rounds of PBJ at The Boiler Room, I interviewed our very own Nicolette Caldwell, who co-founded Sixty Inches From Center with Tempestt Hazel. Sixty on Sixty is a new series in which SIFCers interview one another, allowing readers to get to know the fine folks who bring you the latest from Chicago’s art scene. Nicolette Caldwell in Paris, France. June 2007. (Image courtesy of Nicolette... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || May 13th – May 15th

Week Ends, Art Begins || May 13th - May 15th
As usual, there is plenty of art for you to see this weekend.  Here are some of the things that we will be seeing this weekend. FRIDAY || May 13, 2011 The Cape Project In The Cape Project, photographer Saundra Karol asks women and girls to search inside themselves and find the superheroes within. Friday’s opening will feature two participation times where guests will be invited to pose for... 

“Blue Glue and Other Explorations”: An Interview with Mara Baker

Continuing ACRE’s year-long series of shows by its 2010 summer residents, Blue Glue and Other Explorations is a body of work by Mara Baker, installed at Happy Collaborationists. Mara’s drawings, photographs, and site-specific installation serve as an exploration of histories and of the mental and physical act of collection. For the three weeks prior to Blue Glue’s reception on Saturday, Mara... 

Year One: An Interview with ACRE Co-Founder Emily Green, Pt. 2

Year One: An Interview with ACRE Co-Founder Emily Green, Pt. 2
In case you haven’t heard,  ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) has been lighting a fire in Chicago with their weekly exhibitions of resident artists in various spaces around the city.  As a kick off to a series of interviews that Sixty Inches From Center is doing with resident artists, I had a conversation with Co-Founder Emily Green. In part one of our conversation,... 

Not So Bad at Sports: {SWWMYOSBL} Hall of Fame by Erik L. Peterson

Not So Bad at Sports: {SWWMYOSBL} Hall of Fame by Erik L. Peterson
Erik L. Peterson and Meredith Weber during installation of {SWWMYOSBL} Hall of Fame. January 28, 2011. (Photo Credit: Tempestt Hazel) When Meredith Weber, Chicago artist and one-third of Happy Collaborationists (Happy C), invited us over to check out the installation of their latest exhibition, {SWWMYOSBL} Hall of Fame, a solo project by Erik L. Peterson, we jumped on the chance. In 2010 Happy C had... 
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