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EXPO CHICAGO 2013 // An Interview with Tony Karman

EXPO CHICAGO 2013 // An Interview with Tony Karman
Expo Chicago 2012 Vernissage. (Image courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.) Art lovers, clear your schedules. This week, Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is back for its second year. Art from 125 premier galleries will grace Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, transformed once again by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects into an engaging interior... 
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Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds

Review of Above and Beyond the Clouds
Xiaowei Chen manipulates minute ink lines into vast expanses and surreal scenery. Chen’s solo exhibition, “Above and Beyond the Clouds,” curated by Jiankun Xie at the Research House for Asian Art in Bridgeport, Chicago, literally revolves around her vast and exquisite drawing, Detached Clouds (1.2m. x 32 m.), which spreads almost the entire length of the gallery. The drawing serves as the focal... 

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II
Vernissage. Expo Chicago 2012. (Image courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.) Last month, about a week before Expo Chicago: The International Exposition of Modern/Contemporary Art & Design opened, I sat down with Tony Karman, Expo’s President and Director, for a preview of the inaugural fair. It might have been easy for some to dismiss those early superlatives as simply hype,... 

Anne Lindberg: Sustaining Pedal

Anne Lindberg: Sustaining Pedal
Optical illusions and multisensory triggers mark the appeal of Anne Lindberg’s Sustaining Pedal show at Carrie Secrist Gallery. Lindberg aims to “create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency,” according to her artist statement, and the pieces do demonstrate a synesthesia of sorts. Her large 2D works from a distance resemble watercolor washes, but upon further inspection prove to... 

Time, Travel, and the Beauty in Found Objects: An Interview with Amie Sell

Time, Travel, and the Beauty in Found Objects: An Interview with Amie Sell
Amie Sell is a sculpture, installation, and all-around experimentation artist and resident artist at Chicago Art Department in East Pilsen.  Her work consists largely of the collection and manipulation of found objects, and has been shown at CAD and the Logan Square Art Center.  Another of her projects is the documentation of the bioluminescence of fireflies captured through a printing process called... 

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... 

“Art Is a Way of Life”: An Interview with Martin Bernstein

“Art Is a Way of Life”: An Interview with Martin Bernstein
Martin Bernstein's studio. Entry to "the paint room." November 2011. (Image courtesy of Andrew Roddewig.) Martin Bernstein’s studio is probably one of the best artist studios you will ever visit in your entire life. At least, any artist studio that elicits the seemingly universal reaction of “Whoa. It’s like Pirates of the Caribbean in here…” deserves accolades. To describe... 

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 2

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 2
Flyer for Uninhibited Parameters, 2011. (Image courtesy of Chicago Art Department.) Part Two of the interview with Riley Henderson as he prepares for his upcoming solo exhibition Uninhibited Parameters at Chicago Art Department. If you missed part one, read the interview from the beginning HERE. Tempestt Hazel: What kind of work have you been doing with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (R.O.C.)... 

“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... 
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