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Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II
At the opening reception for Dealing with New Demands, Jennifer Mills and her art consultant trio engaged in a one-night only performance that encouraged the audience to participate by purchasing art on the spot. The exhibition is part of a larger project called The Happiness Project, which is taking place in a variety of art spaces throughout the month of November. Below is a brief interview* with... 

Fat Cap Exchange Partnership || The Chicago THC Crew

Fat Cap Exchange Partnership || The Chicago THC Crew
This marks the first of a series of article exchanges based on a partnership between Sixty Inches From Center and Fat Cap. The goal of this partnership is to build bridges within our writing community, help promote one another to new audiences across the board and give more exposure to the art that keeps our Chicago experience compelling. This article was originally posted at FAT CAP on August 4th,... 

Art Depth // An Art Party, a Draw-a-thon, and an Interview with Cheryl Postrozny

Art Depth // An Art Party, a Draw-a-thon, and an Interview with Cheryl Postrozny
Art Depth’s 2nd Annual Art Party & 1st Annual Draw-a-thon. Featured artist Laura Mae Noble. October 2011. (Image courtesy of Jenny Lam.)   A welcome and well-timed reprieve from a temperamental September (a strange string of 90º weather to a seemingly unending bout of torrential rain? not cool, fall), the clear skies and ample sun on Saturday provided the perfect backdrop for the first... 

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011
Meeting of Styles (MOS) is an annual meet-up of graffiti writers and aficionados. Artists are invited and assigned to an area on stretches of wall space. Public focus is emphasized at the main wall called the “Wall of Style” located at 30th and Kedzie Avenue. The remaining permissioned wall locations are segmented in general proximity to the Wall of Style. To get a good perspective about the event... 

On Public Art: Catching up with Pawn Works

On Public Art: Catching up with Pawn Works
The directors of Pawn Works are two of the most active facilitators of public art in Chicago. In addition to the short-term artist residencies they provide at Pawn Works, a small gallery space they run in Ukrainian Village, Nick and Seth have been working on establishing many relationships with local business owners in order to coordinate a number of public wall murals that have recently gone up in... 

Clown Soldier the Human Cannonball

Clown Soldier the Human Cannonball
Human Cannonball is whimsical, complex and endearingly hokey. Printmaker and street artist, “Clown Soldier” crosses traditional boundaries of formal and street community art, pushing forward the notion of what is “accepted” or coined “good art” and how those standards are set and practiced by artists, curators, art historians, enthusiasts, collectors, and all the... 

The Chicago Street Art Show: Artists Goons & Don’t Fret

The Chicago Street Art Show: Artists Goons & Don't Fret
During the week of installation for The Chicago Street Art Show at The Chicago Urban Art Society I had the opportunity to speak with several participating artists including Don’t Fret and Goons. The closing reception for the show will take place this Friday, June 3rd.  If you are unable to make it to the reception, keep posted for future coverage including a video reflection consisting of interviews... 

The Chicago Street Art Show: Interview with curator Joseph J. Depre

The Chicago Street Art Show: Interview with curator Joseph J. Depre
During the week of installation for The Chicago Street Art Show at The Chicago Urban Art Society I had the opportunity to speak with several participating artists including curator Joseph J. Depre. Joseph and I discussed the nature, relevance and timeliness of the show and his involvement with the street art community. The closing reception for the show will take place this Friday, June 3rd. If you... 

Hyde Park Public Art (5 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (5 of 5)
The Spirit of Hyde Park, 2010. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson) In a recent phone conversation, Olivia Gude of the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) expressed her opinion that when a site-specific piece of art needs repair, Americans take on an “either/or” mentality. The piece will either be restored or destroyed. In older areas of the world, a third alternative has been commonplace... 
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