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All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II
Balancing the integrity of an artist with the acumen of a businessperson, distinguishing between Pilsen and Bridgeport, and telling misguided young artists that their work is mediocre at best… no topic is off limits for the owner of 4Art Inc. Gallery. What follows is the second part of my conversation with Robin Rios in anticipation of her gallery opening on Friday, March 18, from 7-10pm. Read PART... 

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I
Robin Rios is the owner and founder of 4Art Inc. Gallery, currently located in the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. I had interned at 4Art during Summer 2008 in its original Pilsen location, marking my fortuitous foray into what I had feared was the bureaucratic cult that is the art industry, only to be greeted with friendly tattooed arms, a refreshing lack of pretension, and home-grown vegetables... 

“Frontispiece // The Uncanny Imagination”: An Interview with Becket Flannery and Grant Ray, PART II

After wandering through Pilsen, Becket Flannery and I returned to ACRE Projects, where Grant Ray had finished hanging his work for The Uncanny Imagination. As Becket installed his collages for Frontispiece, Grant explained to me his interest in using the photographic medium as a means of documentation, of using scientific processes to present seemingly mundane information and consequently create a... 

“Frontispiece // The Uncanny Imagination”: An Interview with Becket Flannery and Grant Ray, PART I

Frontispiece and The Uncanny Imagination are projects by Becket Flannery and Grant Ray, respectively, that constitute a two-person exhibition at ACRE Projects. Part of ACRE’s year-long series of shows by 2010 summer residents, their work finds common ground not only through the photographic medium, but also through their exploration of the narrative and the dynamic between images and narratives,... 

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... 

Lens in Focus at UIC: Interview with Jabari Zuberi

Lens in Focus at UIC: Interview with Jabari Zuberi
Last year our nation looked on horrified and seemingly helpless as we saw images of the beating of Chicago teen Derrion Albert in front of his school. This case was a single story in a great series of cases where violence is claiming the lives of youth in the south and west sides of Chicago and beyond. While it may seem like a large topic to tackle, Chicago photographer Jabari Zuberi decided to use... 

Self-reflection through Photography: Jabari Zuberi

Self-reflection through Photography: Jabari Zuberi
Faheem Majeed and Jabari Zuberi at South Side Community Art Center Rose Land Exhibition, April 9, 2010 1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your artwork. My photography is the best reflection of myself. My work centers around portraiture and documentary photography. I try to create rich and engaging portraits that blend classic portraiture with a new vibrant energy. My roots in photography are based... 

Challenging the Icon: Riley Henderson

Challenging the Icon: Riley Henderson
Riley Henderson, Post Race Series in Identity Crisis When I first encountered the work of Riley Henderson he had one foot out the door of the BFA Photography program at Columbia College Chicago.  After investigating the contents of his thesis portfolio I was immediately drawn to the scenes he created and the themes he explored through a playful, yet serious, lens.  His work asks the viewer to think... 
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