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How Green Star Movement is “Changing the Urban Canvas”

How Green Star Movement is
As Chicagoans, we are lucky to be exposed to a variety of different forms of public art.  Blessed with numerous blank walls, building faces and underpasses, we have a vast “urban canvas” to be transformed into accessible works of art for all to enjoy.   Many talented artists have seized the opportunity to turn these spaces into their own creations, and Green Star Movement has played an integral... 

“Changing the Urban Canvas”: Interview with Kamelia Hristeva

 Green Star Movement is a non-profit organization that strives to revitalize urban Chicago neighborhoods by teaching young people and community members to design and create public art.  Their large-scale mosaic murals can be spotted in over 40 locations across the city.  I had a conversation with founder and executive director Kamelia Hristeva to learn more about Green Star’s mission, goals,... 

Flawed Illusions: Interview with Virginia Melanson

Flawed Illusions: Interview with Virginia Melanson
Virginia Melanson. Control. Acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 5ft. (image courtesy of the artist) Gender constructs are exactly that: constructed.  Many artists in the past have addressed feminism and gender issues through their work.  Gender constructs can be both subtle and obvious, elusive and profound.  Virginia Melanson is an artist who has addressed these issues in a form not often seen before: three-dimensional... 

Collaging for A Cause

Collaging for A Cause
I am always interested in attending shows that integrate visual art and music, benefit a great cause, and take place in a space that I have yet to see.  Collage On Demand, a live collage show that took place on January 26, featured all of the above. Melissa Oresky at Collage On Demand Dan Sullivan and Edra Soto are co-owners of The Franklin, where the event took place and featured collage artist... 

Imaginary Creatures of Vivid Color: A Conversation with Lindsay Kunhardt

Imaginary Creatures of Vivid Color: A Conversation with Lindsay Kunhardt
Lindsay Kunhardt is a painter, illustrator, dragon fanatic, science nerd, lover of craft beer, and all around badass.  Relatively new to Chicago, she moved here on a whim from California and has quickly found roots here through her involvement with 4Art Inc, RAW Chicago, and other shows, both solo and collective.  Her body of work, which is largely listed under her pseudonym, Red Feathered Frock,... 

Sixty’s Top Picks of 2012

Sixty's Top Picks of 2012
As Sixty continues to explore all facets of visual art in Chicago, we asked some of our contributors to reflect back on this past year and discuss the most memorable encounters of 2012. Time Zone – Toby zur Loye Of the Chicago art events that I attended in 2012, a summer exhibition in the Fulton Market District has left the most lasting impression.  Time Zone was on display from June 8-28 in the... 

Expanding on Relationships with Everyday Items with David Brandon Geeting

Expanding on Relationships with Everyday Items with David Brandon Geeting
  David Brandon Geeting is a Brooklyn-based photographer who has an interest in creating art from mundane, everyday objects.  Geeting moved from his home state of Pennsylvania to New York in order to pursue his BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, which he completed in 2011.  His photography made its first appearance in Chicago earlier this year while taking part in the group show,... 

Explorations of Identity, Surroundings, & the World with Hannah Dunsirn

Explorations of Identity, Surroundings, & the World with Hannah Dunsirn
Hannah Dunsirn is a photography student at Columbia College, RAW artist, portrait photographer extraordinaire, and an all-around lovely person.  Hailing from a small town in Northeast Wisconsin, Hannah came to Chicago in 2009 to pursue her love for photography.  Hannah was recently featured at the RAW: Natural Born Artists September showcase, “Ensemble,” where she showed a beautiful series of... 

Apocalypse 2012/Genesis 2013 // Jackson Junge Gallery

Apocalypse 2012/Genesis 2013 // Jackson Junge Gallery
You hear a lot about the end of the world nowadays.  It is everywhere: the end of the Mayan calendar, global warming, and foreign conflict.  The apocalypse is a concept that has fascinated humankind for ages, and continues to captivate the imagination of many. Jackon Junge Gallery, located on Milwaukee Avenue in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area has taken that very concept and turned it in to the premise... 

The Multi-Sensory Experience: CHema Skandal!

The Multi-Sensory Experience: CHema Skandal!
The Multi-Sensory Experience is an ongoing project investigating the similarities, differences, and overlaps between the Chicago art and music scenes.  Mexican Artist CHema Skandal!’s career is dependant on the overlap of the music and art scenes.  CHema is an illustration artist and graphic designer who produces gig posters and album artwork for reggae and ska bands in Chicago, Mexico, and around... 
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