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Suburban Rebels

Suburban Rebels
“Street art” and the more general term, “graffiti,” are both tools the common person can use to interact with the public. All it takes is a sticker or a scan of spray paint, and one can send a message out into the physical world. If you keep your eyes open in any urban center, it’s easy to find these guerilla forms of self-expression—but head into a smaller town and it becomes more of... 

Panel Discussion: Meet Jeremy Sorese

Panel Discussion: Meet Jeremy Sorese
Knowing an artist personally and over a long period of time is rewarding.  Having met Jeremy Sorese, a comic artist and illustrator, in college, I have had the pleasure to watch his work change and grow.  In Sorese’s art there is a tension between a commitment to readability and a love of detail and abstraction.  It is his strong sense of organization that allows Sorese to fill his panels... 

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010
Emily Vidal-Hallett, "And She Endangered the Sun," 2010. (Image courtesy of Marwen Staff.) My recent Friday night spent volunteering proved yet again that unpaid work is often more rewarding than compensated labor. On November 5th, Marwen celebrated their 5th annual Art Fair, and I and a friend of mine were there at the coat check to help out. Marwen is an organization that offers art education... 

Off to a Strong Start: Fall Gallery Season Opening Night

Off to a Strong Start: Fall Gallery Season Opening Night
Recently, I attended the opening night of Chicago’s fall gallery season in the West Loop. Having spent the last four Septembers in Savannah, Georgia, this event was a first for me. The night ended up being a bit of a blur. No, I wasn’t drunk on gallery wine. Rather, I was overwhelmed. The crowds and my friends’ swift pace gave me little time to take everything in. I would squeeze in between... 
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