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Artist at Large with Zachary Johnson

Artist at Large with Zachary Johnson
Last August I moved from Chicago to Amakusa, a rural island in southwestern Japan. Here the nearest shopping mall, movie theater, and art museum are all three hours away. In contrast, the nearest rice polishing station is a ten-minute walk from my apartment. I’ve spent the last six months discovering the culture here, and it breaks many of my preconceptions about rural Japanese life. For example,... 

Six Inch Survey

Six Inch Survey
Klepto Salem. 2012. Six Inch Interviews are light-hearted surveys that introduce a different side of Chicago’s art community. The six individuals below have each been previously interviewed by SIFC, but we all forgot to ask what their favorite smell was and which one they’d choose, nude or naked? With the Six Inch Survey, there’s no more guessing — and if you’ve always wondered about... 

Illuminate at Water Street Studios

Illuminate at Water Street Studios
Sean Williams. Light Miners (series). 2007. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson) Philosopher Erich Fromm said that “creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” With Illuminate, the staff at Water Street Studios has decided new ideas are worth the risk. In seven gallery shows over the past two years, Water Street has displayed strong exhibitions, each including a vast range of... 

The Centre Gallery: Batavia’s newest art space

The Centre Gallery: Batavia's newest art space
On Sunday October 7, Batavia High School held its rededication ceremony. All afternoon, the community gathered to see the school’s first expansion in decades. Filled with curiosity, residents explored light-filled classrooms and hallways as well as the high school’s first field house, auditorium, and art gallery. Named The Centre Gallery, it displayed work by high school alumni as part of Relic,... 

Water Street Studios Second Anniversary

Water Street Studios Second Anniversary
A few weeks ago I attended the opening of Water Street Studios’ Second Year Anniversary Show in Batavia, IL. Like each of the previous shows at Water Street, the work was numerous, diverse, and stunning. The two-dimensional pieces displayed a wide range of media, from carbon print photography to encaustic and resin. Meanwhile, the three-dimensional works, which generally make up more than half... 

Bon Voyage Kari Kraus!

Bon Voyage Kari Kraus!
Kari Kraus, Legion. Silk Organza (Photo Courtesy of Kari Kraus) On May 26th, Kari Kraus, education director at Water Street Studios and resident of Geneva, IL, will join four other Geneva-area artists on a trip to Croissy-sur-Seine, France. Together the five artists will exhibit their work at Château de Chanorier, an 18th century manor house, as part of an annual exchange organized by the City... 
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