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Inside ChiArts: Young Artists in the Making – Bruce Bennett and Gabby Ochoa

Inside ChiArts: Young Artists in the Making – Bruce Bennett and Gabby Ochoa
Bruce Bennett and Gabby Ochoa are senior photography majors at The Chicago High School for the Arts. Last September, after being selected by their peers at the Filter Photo Festival, the young artists had their portfolios reviewed by author and photographer Jane Fulton Alt and Chicago Tribune photo editor Michael Zajakowski. ChiArts, as the artists’ school is known, opened in 2009 and is the... 

Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence

Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence
Sophia Nahli Allison’s photo series Graduation goes beyond the detached sensationalism of daily headlines to document the ongoing effects of loss and violence on Chicago’s youth. Visiting the schools that victims of violence attended, she photographs the institution as a locus of community and mourning, while highlighting the absence of the  young person that community has lost. The stark... 

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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Keepsakes of the City: The Polaroid Gallery Show

Keepsakes of the City: The Polaroid Gallery Show
Photographer Sara Stubblefield is this month’s 2nd Friday guest at Oscar Luis Martinez Fine Art Gallery-Studio in Pilsen at 1841 S. Halsted. For the past six months, Stubblefield has embarked on a project to document Chicago’s changing urban landscape using Polaroids. Her images of street art and architectural fragments have a certain glow to them, the ethereal quality of a surfacing memory... 

Beautiful Tension: A Conversation with Natalie Krick

Beautiful Tension: A Conversation with Natalie Krick
Mom Laying In The Front Yard, 2012. (Image courtesy of the artist) Natalie Krick‘s photographs are messy. Though visually striking and impeccably executed, her photographs evoke the clashing of belief systems and the disruption of accepted norms, and that often comes with contention and messiness. Her ongoing series Natural Deceptions blends Krick’s identity with that of her mother’s... 

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... 

Archetype Drift: New Methods of Photographic Making

Archetype Drift: New Methods of Photographic Making
Located in a lofty warehouse space on West Hubbard, Johalla Projects seeks to collaborate with curators and artists interested in pushing boundaries. What Filter Photo set out to do with their most current juried exhibition is push the boundaries of photography, and it seems almost inaccurate to call Archetype Drift a photography exhibition. Presented by the folks behind the annual Filter Photo Festival... 

Studio Reflections with LaMont Hamilton

Studio Reflections with LaMont Hamilton
LaMont Hamilton, Sonia Sanchez, 2012. (Image courtesy of LaMont Hamilton Photography.) Time and time again we have seen efforts to expose the artist’s studio through exhibitions, open studios and technology (photos, videos, etc.), but still the studio processes of many artists remain concealed. Many of the attempts, errors, and experiments are locked within studio walls, and hidden out of view... 

Testing Thresholds: An Interview with Jan Tichy, Part 1

Testing Thresholds: An Interview with Jan Tichy, Part 1
Installation view of East Gallery. Jan Tichy, Installation no. 15 (Siskind), 2012. 3-channel HD video installation, 11min. (Image courtesy of the artist.) “What they put on view says a lot about a museum, but what’s in storage tells you even more…” - Fred Wilson at The Sackler Conference for Art Education, 2010   When anyone brings up the idea of an artist occupying... 

Testing Thresholds: An Interview with Jan Tichy, Part 2

Testing Thresholds: An Interview with Jan Tichy, Part 2
Larry Williams, Rural Saturday Night, 1973. Gelatin silver print (Left, 1979:1). Zacharias Abubeker, Obelisk, 2011. Screenprint. (Right, 2012:21). Image courtesy of the artist. The following is part two of an interview with artist Jan Tichy about his recent exhibition 1979:1 – 2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP). You can find part... 
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