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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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Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim’s Fire Cliff 4

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim's Fire Cliff 4
In his famous speech from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed his dissatisfaction with the status quo of equality in the great United States of America. Fifty years later, inspired by Dr. King, South Korean artist Minouk Lim inserted herself into the conversation of race and equal rights in the United States. In doing so, Lim guided the audience through a performance that freed fixed and multi-layered... 

The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show and What’s Next for Good Stuff House

The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show and What's Next for Good Stuff House
Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin work together as a curatorial and production duo called Good Stuff House.  Kayce and Chris met in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in 2008 when Chris was playing ukulele at a show with his “folk-thrash band”, Hannis Pannis. Chris is from Taipei, Taiwan and Victoria, British Columbia and came to Chicago in 2006 to get his masters at the School of the... 

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... 

Artists at Play: Claudia Hart’s Sensitive 3D

Artists at Play: Claudia Hart's Sensitive 3D
From character rigging to texturing, in the multibillion dollar commercial 3D game design industry an abundance of meticulous considerations are taken daily. But among the vast parts that comprise this machine, one detail has been historically neglected–gender sensitivity. Artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago instructor Claudia Hart utilizes 3D animation technology to respond to... 

Pre-emergent Art: The new avant-garde

Pre-emergent Art: The new avant-garde
With the emerging art market oversaturated with competing twenty-somethings and the prices of children’s art spiraling out of control in the inflated naïve art market, collectors are turning their eyes to a more youthful art world stratum, that of the pre-emergent artist. To learn more about those working within this burgeoning market, I turned to an artist on the bleeding edge of this avant-garde... 

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids
Ian Mitchell Wallace, "Friends With Golden Benefits." Watercolor. (Image courtesy of Ian Mitchell Wallace.) Two young artists, two vastly different backgrounds, one art show in a vintage thrift store where I used to find and buy three-dollar grandma blazers in its basement. Presented by Arow Collective, The Drop Out Kids features new artwork by Gianni Onassis, who grew up on the South Side... 

Arow Collective // PART I

Arow Collective // PART I
Arow Collective. "In the Forest: An Afro-Futurist Piece." Sir Jove performance. January 2012. (Image courtesy of Justin Barbin.) When you receive noise complaints from your neighbors and subsequent eviction threats over the phone from an angry landlord who lives in the suburbs but Googled your address and came across DIY flyers of public shows you’re hosting in your three-story loft that’s... 

Spark!: The Things You Can Learn Stepping onto the Other Side of Art

Spark!: The Things You Can Learn Stepping onto the Other Side of Art
Meg Duguid and Catie Olson at Defibrillator during set up. December 17, 2010. (Photo Credit: Tempestt Hazel) If I could recommend one thing for all the non-artists on the other side of the art spectrum, it would be to at some point in your life try to create or participate in the art-making process. At least once. It can completely change how you look at work, as it did for me when I participated... 
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