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Attempts, Impulses and Talking With Fear, Revisited

Attempts, Impulses and Talking With Fear, Revisited
Forward motion is ineluctable. It is something that most of us accept as a part of life. Art-minded individuals tend to be particularly sensitive to this intrinsic vanward impulse, which makes the occasional chance to stop and reflect something to be appreciated. Almost two years after our initial interview about the series Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow, Matt Austin and I once again found... 

Slow Dance, “/” : A Collaborative Project with EJ Hill and Matt Austin

Slow Dance, “/” : A Collaborative Project with EJ Hill and Matt Austin
Installation view of Slow Dance at ACRE Projects, 2012. This article is a special guest contribution by Ally Hasche, founder and president of LAADS Magazine out of Davis, California.  We at Sixty have given her honorary Chicagoan status after she has called our city her home for the past several weeks and has shared her music and passion for art with anyone who crossed her path.  While here, she... 

Light and Lack Thereof: Slow Dance at ACRE Projects

Light and Lack Thereof: Slow Dance at ACRE Projects
Installation view of Slow Dance at ACRE Projects, 2012. (Photo credit: Tempestt Hazel.) Almost everyday I find myself stopping to take notice of moments of poetic synchroneity. A crowd of strangers crossing the street  walking in time with one another; a group of birds in seemingly choreographed flight; a line of cars with turn signals keeping time together like an illuminated metronome. These are... 

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... 

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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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... 

Talking With Fear: A Conversation with Matt Austin, Pt. 2

Talking With Fear: A Conversation with Matt Austin, Pt. 2
The following is part two of the interview, Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow: A Conversation with Matt Austin. Read Part One HERE. This conversation happened in light of Matt Austin‘s solo exhibition at Johalla Projects, which opens March 4th, 2011. While the first part of the conversation focuses on how photography worked its way into Austin’s life and the ways his ideas manifested... 

Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow: A Conversation with Matt Austin, Pt. 1

Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow: A Conversation with Matt Austin, Pt. 1
My first encounter with photographer Matt Austin was over two years ago during my time as a student in a photography class where he was the teacher’s assistant.   Since the days of me trying to catch sneak peeks of his work in the photo labs at Columbia College, his work has evolved into something that is less about the photo as a static object and more about how photography functions as a tool... 
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