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Harvey Moon : A Portrait

Harvey Moon : A Portrait
New media artist Harvey Moon is a creator of tools and machines. Moon’s project Delta is the latest in his line of drawing machines which transform the artist’s conception into a physical drawing using custom fabricated electronics and generative algorithms. Delta takes the drawing machine concept to a new dimension. Moon was commissioned to produce an automatic typewriter which would... 

Studio Reflections with Collin Pressler

Studio Reflections with Collin Pressler
Time and time again we have seen efforts to expose the artist’s studio through exhibitions, open studios and technology (photos, videos, etc.), yet 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 behind the final work. This piece, as part of an ongoing series of studio reflections,... 

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space
  Above a Singer Sewing shop, through a non-descript green door, and up a staircase, you will find the home of Green Lantern Projects. Serving as both a domestic and public space, this apartment transforms to become a multi-faceted realm, housing the Green Lantern Gallery, The Paper Cave Bookstore, The Green Lantern Press, and The Corpse Performance Space- all in one. From printing books, to... 

Fearless, Cute, and Cheap: The Work of Baltazar Castillo

Fearless, Cute, and Cheap: The Work of Baltazar Castillo
Occasionally, Sixty invites guest writers to share their words and contribute an article to our archives.  This week we welcome, Jess Kaswiner, arts advocate with the Arts & Education Exchange from the Arts Alliance Illinois and creator of the podcast ‘Artists Mean Business‘.  The following is her introduction to and analysis of work by Chicago artist Baltazar Castillo. Baltazar... 

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill
Drawing from his experience as a college football player, Ethan Gill, approaches painting actively with honest expressive marks. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University and is a current MFA candidate at SAIC. My fascination with his paintings began with a show entitled, “My Idea of Fun.” A couple of weeks afterwards, I got the opportunity to interview him for the site. We spoke... 

Artists at Play: Claudia Hart’s Sensitive 3D

Artists at Play: Claudia Hart's Sensitive 3D
From character rigging to texturing, in the multibillion dollar commercial 3D game design industry an abundance of meticulous considerations are taken daily. But among the vast parts that comprise this machine, one detail has been historically neglected–gender sensitivity. Artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago instructor Claudia Hart utilizes 3D animation technology to respond to... 

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... 

Experimentation and Play: An Interview with Claire Ashley

 Experimentation and Play: An Interview with Claire Ashley
Last week I caught up with Claire Ashley at her Oak Park studio for an interview to discuss her inflatable sculptures. Claire Ashley’s seductively energetic objects consist of a delightful mixture of painting, sculpture, and performance. Memories of her Scottish heritage, architectural interests, motherhood, dance, and joie de vie  fuel Ashley’s desire to experiment with objects that engage in... 

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... 
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