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Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making – Harlan Ballogg

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making - Harlan Ballogg
Last spring, I attended the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit featuring projects by the first graduating class of The Chicago High School for the Arts. ChiArts, as the school is known, opened in 2009 and is the first public arts high school to serve the Chicago area, with the mission of diversifying the city’s landscape of professional artists. Students from all neighborhoods with a wide range of previous... 

In The Studio with Mario Gonzalez, Jr.

In The Studio with Mario Gonzalez, Jr.
Zore, Zore Sixtyfour, Mario–he has many names. And depending on the time zone or space, you may get a different persona which often leads to a different body of work. But no matter which version of Mario Gonzalez, Jr. or series of work you find yourself encountered by, there is undoubtedly a common thread found throughout that can be traced back to a family of artists, awareness of early pioneers... 

ART IS… From Buenos Aires to Chicago

ART IS... From Buenos Aires to Chicago
I have been communicating with Atiba Edwards through emails for close to a year. Though we have never met face to face, I’ve found in him what most artists spend years looking for: a talented, passionate, driven and inspiring individual who believes in building a collaborative community of artists. Atiba Edwards co-founded the non-profit arts organization “F.O.K.U.S” with Alma Davila... 

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,... 

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,... 

Artist Profile: Gaia

Artist Profile: Gaia
16th & Halsted, 2012. (Image Courtesy of Gozamos.com) Sixty Inches From Center’s Exchange Partnerships are our chance to spread the word about others who are writing about and documenting art and artists in Chicago, and doing it so beautifully. We have been longtime fans of our friends at Gozamos.com and their coverage of Latino art and culture from here to Milwaukee. Kicking off our brand... 

Royce Deans and Tali Farchi talk Colorboration

Royce Deans and Tali Farchi talk Colorboration
The term multi-sensory falls short when attempting to describe The Colorboration Project experience. The sounds of Sid Yiddish and his Candy Store Henchmen, the rotating easels of Royce Deans and Tali Farchi and a little matzo together made for a on-the-spot improvisational experience that I won’t soon forget. In 2011, Deans and Farchi made a temporary home for Colorboration in Logan Square... 

From Ansel Adams to Ol’ Dirty Bastard: A Conversation with Mike Schreiber

From Ansel Adams to Ol' Dirty Bastard: A Conversation with Mike Schreiber
Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey), 1998/1999. (Image courtesy of Mike Schreiber.) In one of my favorite Black Star tracks, Thieves In The Night, rapper Mos Def challenges listeners to “separate the real from the lie.” Maneuvering comfortably in the classic techniques and processes of analog photography, New York-based artist Mike Schreiber works to achieve exactly that by creating images which... 

Palette Knives and EKGs: A Conversation with Arts Cardiologist Dr. Bryk-Serna

Palette Knives and EKGs: A Conversation with Arts Cardiologist Dr. Bryk-Serna
Heart & Lung Illustration from Gray's Anatomy or Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical, 1858. Picture this: It’s 3am. You’re in your studio. The paint is slinging, ideas are flowing freely–almost poetically. Then suddenly, you see the color start to drain from the surface of your piece. It falls to the floor, motionless with shallow breaths, clinging to life. What do you do? Frantically... 
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