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PEANUT GALLERY – New Place, New Space

PEANUT GALLERY - New Place, New Space
'Art Night' at Peanut Gallery (courtesy of the gallery) If you have ventured down to the California Clipper lately, you may have noticed a new white-spaced, brightly lit Humboldt Park neighbor. On the corner of California and Augusta is the Peanut Gallery, “a space for creative collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and good, old-fashioned mingling”. Having moved to this storefront... 

Spaces of In-Betweens: An Interview with Kristina Paabus

Spaces of In-Betweens: An Interview with Kristina Paabus
Artist Kristina Paabus' studio at 'The Butcher Shop' When I first saw some works of Kristina Paabus at Hinge Gallery a few months back, I was immediately drawn to the precision of line and the delicacy of detail in her work. In her pieces she utilizes varied forms of mediums, she reflects ‘in-betweens’, and delves in the limits that exists between the real and the illusionary. I was... 

Chicago Artists + Patron Tequila = A “Simply Perfect” Art Project

Chicago Artists + Patron Tequila = A
Artist Jolanta Izabela Pawlak is seen at the Patron “Simply Perfect” Art Project Holiday Windows event on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 in Chicago. (Peter Barreras/AP Images for Patron) This holiday season window shopping will be taking a different approach as vacant store fronts transform into working art studios and galleries for local artists. Titled the “Simply Perfect” Art Project,... 

Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford at Hinge Gallery

Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford at Hinge Gallery
Hinge Gallery Having just opened in June, the bright lights and white walls of Hinge Gallery were welcoming against the coming cold on the night of November 5th. A lovely space in an ideal location among the bustle of Chicago and Damen, Hinge Gallery opened its doors for a dual artist exhibit featuring recent paintings by Cole Pierce and prints by Rusty Shackleford. Pierce and Shackleford have known... 

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,... 

1,200 Strong | The Patric McCoy Collection

1,200 Strong | The Patric McCoy Collection
Detail from the Patric McCoy Collection, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) When walking into the home of Patric McCoy, Co-founder of the collector group Diasporal Rhythms, it is easy to be stunned and a bit overwhelmed. Even before stepping through the door you are led up a stairway that is lined with at least a dozen photographs, prints and paintings that originate from various moments in the... 

Form in Flora II – Art in Nature

Form in Flora II - Art in Nature
The Main Show Room of Lincoln Park Conservatory Form in Flora II is an exhibition of nature-related sculpture, and what better place to showcase the art than the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Placed among the foliage and flowers in the main show room are works done by members of the Chicago Sculpture International, with pieces inspired by or made from nature. Chicago Sculpture International is a group... 

A Brief Exchange with Anders Nilsen

A Brief Exchange with Anders Nilsen
A featured artist of Chicago Artists Month, Anders Nilsen’s work is a part of the exhibit CartoonInk!: Emerging Comics in Context, showing at the Betty Rymer Gallery of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago through October 15th. The show brings together works from artists dealing with contemporary and evolving mediums of comics, including artists with ties to SAIC. Anders Nilsen did a year... 

Pride of Chicago – “Re:Chicago” at the New DePaul Art Museum

Pride of Chicago -
With the summer sun still shining but now accompanied by that new autumn chill, Saturday September 17th proved to be the perfect museum day, and the perfect day for the new DePaul Art Museum’s opening. Tucked next to the “L” stop hub of Fullerton, the DePaul Art Museum opened its doors to reveal a lovely space with white walls, hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light. The new... 

Holly Murkerson – Landlocked Blue

Holly Murkerson - Landlocked Blue
Tucked between neighborhood homes on West Carroll Avenue is the Julius Caesar. The brick-and-vine building housed the opening reception of Holly Murkerson’s Landlocked Blue. Despite the heat of that July Sunday, quite a crowd was gathered and lingering outside at the close of the show. After weaving through white painted hallways with the occasional velvet couch, I found Holly’s exhibit. In her... 
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