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The Multi-Sensory Experience: Mojdeh Stoakley

The Multi-Sensory Experience: Mojdeh Stoakley
The Multi-Sensory Experience is an ongoing project investigating the similarities, differences, and overlaps between the Chicago art and music scenes. The multi-talented Mojdeh Stoakley is a practicing commercial photographer, writer, and musician.  She is also the Director of the cross-collaborative project Lethal Poetry, now in transition to a nonprofit, LUCID Art Lab.  An interdisciplinary artist... 

Cotton Candy Sweet as Gold: A Conversation with David Leggett

Cotton Candy Sweet as Gold: A Conversation with David Leggett
David Leggett. The Blackest Hole.2012. Hinge Gallery, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Danielle Jackson) Through the utilization of common craft materials, paintings, and drawings, David Leggett’s work humorously tackles race, sexuality, and class. He draws inspiration from popular culture, everyday occurrences, and art historical research. David Leggett received his BFA from SCAD,... 

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers

Behind the Hairy Blob: A Conversation with Adelheid Mers
Faheem Majeed. Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden, 2012. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Danielle Jackson) A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition page. There, I was introduced to the Hairy Blob for the first time. Intrigued with how artists’ visualize time, space, and environment, I reached out to the curator Adelheid... 

2012 SAIC Spring BFA Show

2012 SAIC Spring BFA Show
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), March Madness has a completely different meaning.  Every mid-March the Spring BFA Show begins the procession of graduation shows to come for SAIC over the next few months.  The Spring BFA is one of the largest gallery shows of the year displaying over 200 graduating undergraduates’ works.  Last Friday, the show opened, and as usual it was... 

Tiffany Gholar: Chicago artist, writer, and interior designer.

Tiffany Gholar: Chicago artist, writer, and interior designer.
A historic artist’s haven since 1885, the Fine Arts Building continues to support working artists with an open studio every second Friday of the month. You can wander freely through the historic halls, stopping into studios featuring theater, music, or art. If you find yourself on the 6th floor, near the end of the hallway in studio 632F, you will find artist Tiffany Gholar. A lifelong resident... 

Moving Forward with Anthony Romero

Moving Forward with Anthony Romero
In fall of 2011 I came across the work of Anthony Romero at an exhibition at The Comfort Station entitled, Dealing with New Demands. Organized by ‘The Happiness Project’ the exhibition was essentially a one-day performance by curator Jennifer Mills acting as an art dealer in an “affordable art gallery’ showcasing artwork by 11 local artists. I purchased the entire series of Anthony’s illustrations... 

Of Us at Mess Hall

Of Us at Mess Hall
Mess Hall storefront view, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) When attending shows it is common to walk away with little more than a piece of ephemera and a new art experience. Instead of offering the usual experience, the 13 artists in Of Us at Mess Hall each crafted different forms of exchange, inviting everyone there to walk away with hand-made or artist-harvested tokens. I left with a fast-food... 

Moments of Possibility – An Interview with Dave Murray

Moments of Possibility - An Interview with Dave Murray
In September, I attended an exhibit at the LVL3 Gallery titled This is the Same as That, a joint exhibit between New York artist Letha Wilson and Chicago artist Dave Murray. The show dealt with examining the real and the unreal, the physical and the imagined. The exhibit included photography, sculpture, and installation that dealt with the duality of materiality and material limitations. So in October,... 
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