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The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford
Image courtesy of the artist. Currently at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, The Neo Negro features new work by James Britt that utilizes humor and absurdity to pose questions about our relationship to popular culture and the icons that play a part within it. Just as we often attempt to insert ourselves into these scenes, Britt as his alter ego S’emaj L’rea has made his smiling image consistently... 

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Danielle Jackson

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Danielle Jackson
Since she started with Sixty, Danielle Jackson has shown undeniable dedication to the art and artists that she chooses to write about.  In her short time with us she has brought a refreshing and often playful edge to the archive through her conversations with artists like David Leggett, Michael Rea, Willy Chyr, Claire Ashley, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger and Adelheid Mers. In the final days... 

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... 

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... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 2

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 2
The following is part two of the interview, “Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger.” Read Part I Here. While Part I focuses on the artists overall process as well as various themes and materials that accompany their work, Part II concentrates on their inspirations, how their performance work veers from the theatrical aspects of performantive works, what they... 

Beyond Labels, Art, and Science with Willy Chyr

Beyond Labels, Art, and Science with Willy Chyr
Willy Chyr is a creative exploring the interaction between art and science. Most known for his balloon installations, Willy draws inspiration from his scientific background, cultural expressions, and processes found in nature—namely this idea of emergence. He is the creator of The Collabowriters, a “crowdsourced” novel exploring storytelling and group interaction. Not that long ago, I caught... 

The Blackbook Chronicles: Representatives of Narratives

The Blackbook Chronicles: Representatives of Narratives
Alongside and underneath the rail tracks on South Wabash is an exhibit that presents excerpts from a graphic novel of a post apocalyptic world, graffitied gallery walls, and ever-changing cut-paper works. As a part of Pop Up Art Loop’s first Thursday Gallery walk and co-curated by Stuart Hall and Jaba Jones, Gallery @ 220 housed the opening reception for The Blackbook Chronicles: Chapter and Verse.... 

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman
I have been aware of Harry Sudman’s paintings for several years but routinely missed opportunities to view his pieces in person.  After getting in touch with Sudman, we scheduled to meet at his studio in early May to view his paintings and discuss his process.  What I had anticipated to be a brief display of paintings and a quick chat morphed into a three hour, in-depth discussion about the Chicago... 

I CAN DO THAT – An Interactive Exhibit

I CAN DO THAT - An Interactive Exhibit
What is art? The ever present question that pervades the walls of museums and galleries and seeps into the streets, the question that makes you wonder if this urinal with a signature is in a museum, what about my bidet at home? Or wait, how is this in here and not that impressive wheat paste I saw on Damen? In these instances, it seems the more appropriate answer could be what isn’t art? So when... 

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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