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The Q4 Tribe

The Q4 Tribe
Quennect 4 Gallery, 2012. (Image credit: Amara Betty Martin.) It’s hard to interview nomads when you’re trying to squeeze through dancing multitudes and libations are streaming forth and a fusion of hip hop and world music is blasting and you’re in the middle of an atmospherically lit space covered wall-to-wall in colorful murals with slogans ready to rouse revolution within you. Then again,... 

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.... 

A Mile of Murals

A Mile of Murals
Ride your bike down Hubbard Street in West Town and once you pass Milwaukee your peripheral vision fills with a riot of colorful images: A luchador, a howling wolf, African masks, Moammar Gadaffi, squids, butterflies, the Chicago Water Tower. Like most people, I usually zip on through, glancing briefly at the near mile of images along the railroad embankment while on my way home. Hubbard street, however,... 

Galerie F: An Art Space for the Masses

Galerie F: An Art Space for the Masses
Accessible art. The phrase seems to be as dependable as an honest politician, but owners Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Billy Craven along with Gallery Director Allie Whalen are trying to make it a staple of the Chicago art scene. Emerging from Tasseff-Elenkoff’s successful silk-screening studio FugScreens, the duo decided to open a space in Logan Square that not only showcases printmaking and street... 

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... 

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids

Arow Collective, PART II // The Drop Out Kids
Ian Mitchell Wallace, "Friends With Golden Benefits." Watercolor. (Image courtesy of Ian Mitchell Wallace.) Two young artists, two vastly different backgrounds, one art show in a vintage thrift store where I used to find and buy three-dollar grandma blazers in its basement. Presented by Arow Collective, The Drop Out Kids features new artwork by Gianni Onassis, who grew up on the South Side... 

Arow Collective // PART I

Arow Collective // PART I
Arow Collective. "In the Forest: An Afro-Futurist Piece." Sir Jove performance. January 2012. (Image courtesy of Justin Barbin.) When you receive noise complaints from your neighbors and subsequent eviction threats over the phone from an angry landlord who lives in the suburbs but Googled your address and came across DIY flyers of public shows you’re hosting in your three-story loft that’s... 

Fat Cap Article Exchange // ‘Clean It Up’ Goons Animation

Fat Cap Article Exchange // 'Clean It Up' Goons Animation
This week for our article exchange with Fat Cap we present an oldie but a goodie, a stop motion video by Chicago-based street artist Goons and Ace Norton. This series of article exchanges are based on a partnership between Sixty Inches From Center and Fat Cap. The goal of this partnership is to build bridges within our writing community, help promote one another to new audiences across the board and... 
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