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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... 

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... 

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

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I
Art you an artist? Art patron? Are you happy? Wonder if the quality of your life is good? Dealing With New Demands explores these questions. Curated by Jennifer Mills, this group exhibition is currently on display at The Comfort Station a gallery and community space located in Logan Square. It is just one component of a much lager program entitled, The Happiness Project curated by Tricia Van Eck. At... 

The Artist’s Responsibility

The Artist's Responsibility
Let me ask you this: What is an artist’s responsibility? Should they take the ideas that shape contemporary society and translate them into a visual language? Are they the ones who bear the weight of our cultural legacy? Is their purpose to leave the world in a more beautiful state than it was in when they entered it? Are they meant to teach us about our world, about ourselves and about each... 

Site-Access Symposium with Jillian Soto

Site-Access Symposium with Jillian Soto
HyPA Space, 5226 South Harper Avenue The thought of the city as studio can be a very exciting thing. It means no public (and in some cases even private) space is safe when the minds of artists are finding new ways to use it for their own creative practices. Some of the work created during Chicago Artists Month tested new grounds, revisited old grounds and pushed the limits of the type of public... 

Art Here Art Now

Art Here Art Now
The great thing about attending events with professional  photographer friends is that they steal your camera and start snapping great pictures.  Jabari Zuberi, an artist who has a solo show at UIC in December, acted as my personal photographer for the evening.  Last night for the Kick-off of Chicago Artists Month, Jabari and I met in Hyde Park for Art Here Art Now, a show coordinated by the... 
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