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EXPO CHICAGO 2013 // An Interview with Tony Karman

EXPO CHICAGO 2013 // An Interview with Tony Karman
Expo Chicago 2012 Vernissage. (Image courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.) Art lovers, clear your schedules. This week, Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is back for its second year. Art from 125 premier galleries will grace Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, transformed once again by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects into an engaging interior... 
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Studio Reflections with Toby zur Loye

Studio Reflections with Toby zur Loye
> Like so many other artists who are trying to save a few bucks, my apartment is my studio.  I live in a small one-bedroom apartment in north Lakeview that I share with my girlfriend, and I paint in my living room.  I build my panels and frames in the woodshop, and then I lug them back to my place where the magic happens.  It is true that this arrangement is almost wholly owed to economic practicality,... 

Break The Bread : 004 Break The Bread

Break The Bread : 004 Break The Bread
A documentary web series on the food art of Nick Jirasek’s Chicago-based Guerrilla Smiles catering. In collaboration with artists, Jirasek creates unique art inspired culinary works to be enjoyed at art events. Focusing on process, Break The Bread details Nick Jirasek’s passion of bringing art to audience through food. Featuring Chicago artist Julia Haw in her solo exhibition ’You... 

Studio Reflections with Angela Bryant

Studio Reflections with Angela Bryant
A view of Angela Bryant’s Studio. May 2013. (Photo courtesy of the artist.) More time. It is something that so many of us could use. Angela Bryant spends a large amount of her minutes curating and teaching, so finding free moments for the studio always proves to be a challenge. When she does find time, what emerges are paintings that exude the same electric energy that is embedded in Angela’s... 

Barely Here: Patience, Persistence, and Evolution

Barely Here: Patience, Persistence, and Evolution
Revise’s recent solo exhibition, Barely Here, at Modest Skate Shop in Forest Park, Illinois, explores what it means to try to maintain a relationship with an artistic community that measures visibility based on productivity and intense presence.  Such a relationship is complicated when the realities of multiple jobs, and the experience of growing into adulthood mitigate the possibility of maintaining... 

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions
Western Exhibitions opened two corresponding exhibits this month– Looker, a collection of Geoffrey Todd Smith’s intricate geometric paintings, and Fashion, a hypnotic video installation by Josh Mannis. Smith painstakingly works acrylic, gouache, and ink into colorful optical candy reminiscent of spirograph drawings and beadwork. Whimsical titles like Indecent Docent and The Flirtation Station... 

Objectify This: What’s Under the Pink

Objectify This: What's Under the Pink
“Objectify This” Show at Design Cloud, Photo Courtesy of Vanessa Ruiz Design Cloud’s current exhibition Objectify This, curated by Vanessa Ruiz, displays a concentrated emphasis on the feminine body (specifically female anatomy) to issue a pointed, yet refined overview of how women have been reduced to pieces of meat in art and since have transcended the confines of these patriarchal... 

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill
Drawing from his experience as a college football player, Ethan Gill, approaches painting actively with honest expressive marks. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University and is a current MFA candidate at SAIC. My fascination with his paintings began with a show entitled, “My Idea of Fun.” A couple of weeks afterwards, I got the opportunity to interview him for the site. We spoke... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1
In 2011, as an intern at Illinois State University Galleries, I was introduced to husband- and-husband artists, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger. Over the course of a week, I got to observe their performance Seed Drawings and document another performance Sewn Together. I conversed with the artists about life, and watched them transform the bare white walls of the gallery space into an amazingly... 

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman
I have been aware of Harry Sudman’s paintings for several years but routinely missed opportunities to view his pieces in person.  After getting in touch with Sudman, we scheduled to meet at his studio in early May to view his paintings and discuss his process.  What I had anticipated to be a brief display of paintings and a quick chat morphed into a three hour, in-depth discussion about the Chicago... 
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