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Six Inch Survey

Six Inch Survey
Klepto Salem. 2012. Six Inch Interviews are light-hearted surveys that introduce a different side of Chicago’s art community. The six individuals below have each been previously interviewed by SIFC, but we all forgot to ask what their favorite smell was and which one they’d choose, nude or naked? With the Six Inch Survey, there’s no more guessing — and if you’ve always wondered about... 

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 1

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 1
Sketchbook pages during the planning of Uninhibited Parameters, 2011. (Image courtesy of the artist.) Uninhibited Parameters, the new show of work by Riley Henderson at Chicago Art Department, is two years in the making. Realizing that the photographic medium limited his ability to express his most recent insights into life in America, especially the immigrant experience, his work has evolved from... 

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 2

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 2
Flyer for Uninhibited Parameters, 2011. (Image courtesy of Chicago Art Department.) Part Two of the interview with Riley Henderson as he prepares for his upcoming solo exhibition Uninhibited Parameters at Chicago Art Department. If you missed part one, read the interview from the beginning HERE. Tempestt Hazel: What kind of work have you been doing with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (R.O.C.)... 

September Guide to Chicago Art

September Guide to Chicago Art
It’s natural to dread the end of summer, but fortunately September comes with a silver lining. Watermelon and potato salad are set aside for white wine (or PBR) and brie as the art world rolls us its sleeves and gets back to work. This September features dizzying array of art events, so we’ve put together our latest guide to help you make sense of the busy month. Click the image for a... 

The Artist’s Responsibility

The Artist's Responsibility
Let me ask you this: What is an artist’s responsibility? Should they take the ideas that shape contemporary society and translate them into a visual language? Are they the ones who bear the weight of our cultural legacy? Is their purpose to leave the world in a more beautiful state than it was in when they entered it? Are they meant to teach us about our world, about ourselves and about each... 

Year One: An Interview with ACRE Co-Founder Emily Green, Pt. 2

Year One: An Interview with ACRE Co-Founder Emily Green, Pt. 2
In case you haven’t heard,  ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) has been lighting a fire in Chicago with their weekly exhibitions of resident artists in various spaces around the city.  As a kick off to a series of interviews that Sixty Inches From Center is doing with resident artists, I had a conversation with Co-Founder Emily Green. In part one of our conversation,... 

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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