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Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim’s Fire Cliff 4

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim's Fire Cliff 4
In his famous speech from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed his dissatisfaction with the status quo of equality in the great United States of America. Fifty years later, inspired by Dr. King, South Korean artist Minouk Lim inserted herself into the conversation of race and equal rights in the United States. In doing so, Lim guided the audience through a performance that freed fixed and multi-layered... 

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers
Faheem Majeed. Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden, 2012. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition page. There, I was introduced to the Hairy Blob for the first time. Intrigued with how artists’ visualize time, space, and environment, I reached out to the curator Adelheid... 

The Young Historians: Matthew Vanderpoel

The Young Historians: Matthew Vanderpoel
The Young Historians is a series exploring the lives of recent art history graduates with ties to the Chicago area. In this second installment, I spoke with Matthew Vanderpoel, 2009 graduate of Wheaton College’s Art History and History programs. He is currently a student at Chicago Divinity School pursuing his PhD in the History of Christianity. Zachary Johnson (ZJ): To start off, what did you focus... 

Sitting down with Bradley Biancardi

Sitting down with Bradley Biancardi
Bradlely Biancardi. Piano Magic, 2011. Mixed Media. Chicago, IL. (Photo Courtesy of Bradley Biancardi) Earlier this month I joined Bradley Biancardi in his East Garfield Park studio to discuss his current show at the Hyde Park Art Center, his artistic process, and his interests as an artist. Amicable, candid, and passionate about his work, Biancardi spoke freely about the ever-changing status of his... 

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... 

Bibiana Suárez: Memoria(Memory) and the Latino Experience

Bibiana Suárez: Memoria(Memory) and the Latino Experience
"Se Habla Ingles" and other pairs, 2011. (Image Credit: Ray Figlewski.) When considering Bibiana Suárez’s exhibition Memoria(Memory), one must look past the distinction of Chicano, Cuban, or Puerto Rican art as separate entities and instead view the exhibition as a portrayal of the  Latino experience in the United States as a whole.  While a daunting task, Suárez narrowly escapes... 

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2011

Sixty's Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2011
As the People Don’t Like to Read Art show at Western Exhibitions proved, people do like to read art–and they will. The following are the top ten Sixty articles that you read (or watched) this past year. #1  || Hyde Park Public Art 5 of 5 The Spirit of Hyde Park, 2010. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson) “Taking in the wall, a mix of styles was evident. Bold, abstract... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II
At the opening reception for Dealing with New Demands, Jennifer Mills and her art consultant trio engaged in a one-night only performance that encouraged the audience to participate by purchasing art on the spot. The exhibition is part of a larger project called The Happiness Project, which is taking place in a variety of art spaces throughout the month of November. Below is a brief interview* with... 

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: August

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: August
It’s hard to believe we’ve just survived the rainiest July in Chicago history. Fortunately for us, as the rain lets up, the art keeps pouring in. To help you enjoy summer in Chicago to it’s fullest, we’ve put together the latest digital installment of our Summer Art Guide. Click the image for a downloadable PDF and enjoy everything August in the Windy City has to offer. Designed... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || July 15th – 17th

Week Ends, Art Begins || July 15th – 17th
By now, you know the drill. Weekend. Art. Repeat. FRIDAY || July 15, 2011 The Chicago Project IV Opening Reception The Chicago Project IV is a bi-annual exhibition selected from participants in the online gallery. Artists include Matt Austin, Justyna Badach, Jeremy Bolen, Dan Bradica, Troy Flinn, Lenny Gilmore, Wm. Bradley Johnson, Nate Mathews, Bill O’Donnell, TJ Proechel, Charlie Simokaitis... 
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