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Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll // PART I

Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll // PART I
Text? Check. Drugs? Debatable. Rock and roll? Art stars aplenty. At least, one of the show’s artists walked around cradling a handmade Jack Daniels plushie (probably the world’s most comforting security blanket, to be quite honest). Featuring an international group of over 40 artists working across different media, Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll opened last Friday at Maxwell Colette Gallery with... 

Man … The Times … Man: Looking at the Absurd with Don’t Fret

Man ... The Times ... Man: Looking at the Absurd with Don't Fret
Ever thought something but didn’t say it out loud? Ever been in a situation where another person said something that left you wondering why they said it at all? We tend to overlook many of the absurdities in our everyday lives that we feel precarious about. In this exhibition, Man… The Times … Man, artist Don’t Fret pokes a little fun at these absurdities and adds a little humor so we can... 

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011
Meeting of Styles (MOS) is an annual meet-up of graffiti writers and aficionados. Artists are invited and assigned to an area on stretches of wall space. Public focus is emphasized at the main wall called the “Wall of Style” located at 30th and Kedzie Avenue. The remaining permissioned wall locations are segmented in general proximity to the Wall of Style. To get a good perspective about the event... 

Street Art Approval

Street Art Approval
Mental 312. Polish Village, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Mujju Ullah) Last week, while exploring Chicago’s Polish Village, I interrupted my friend mid-sentence as a familiar sight came into view. “Another one!” I exclaimed. Quickly, we crossed Milwaukee and headed towards a wall featuring the street art of Mental 312. Mental’s thick, blue lines were similar to his other pieces: bold and expansive,... 

On Public Art: Catching up with Likeone

On Public Art: Catching up with Likeone
Likeone is a Chicago-based street and graffiti artist. Just a few months ago we sat down to do an introductory interview. So much has happened this summer that I wanted to share with all of you lovely followers of Sixty, the amazing work that this artist has created. In addition to exciting new solo work, Likeone has also collaborated with other prolific artists including Christopher Silva and Kevin... 

On Public Art: Catching up with Pawn Works

On Public Art: Catching up with Pawn Works
The directors of Pawn Works are two of the most active facilitators of public art in Chicago. In addition to the short-term artist residencies they provide at Pawn Works, a small gallery space they run in Ukrainian Village, Nick and Seth have been working on establishing many relationships with local business owners in order to coordinate a number of public wall murals that have recently gone up in... 

Clown Soldier the Human Cannonball

Clown Soldier the Human Cannonball
Human Cannonball is whimsical, complex and endearingly hokey. Printmaker and street artist, “Clown Soldier” crosses traditional boundaries of formal and street community art, pushing forward the notion of what is “accepted” or coined “good art” and how those standards are set and practiced by artists, curators, art historians, enthusiasts, collectors, and all the... 

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell
In between rounds of PBJ at The Boiler Room, I interviewed our very own Nicolette Caldwell, who co-founded Sixty Inches From Center with Tempestt Hazel. Sixty on Sixty is a new series in which SIFCers interview one another, allowing readers to get to know the fine folks who bring you the latest from Chicago’s art scene. Nicolette Caldwell in Paris, France. June 2007. (Image courtesy of Nicolette... 

Pawn Works Presents, Clown Soldier

Pawn Works Presents, Clown Soldier
It has been a week since Gabriel Specter’s show ended and Nick and Seth of Pawn Works already have prepared another entirely new show featuring a print maker and street artist who goes by the alias of “Clown Soldier.” The show is called Human Cannonball and the opening took place this past Friday, June 24th. The artist was available for an interview so be sure to keep posted next... 

Caution: Wet Paint

Caution: Wet Paint
Psychologists coined the term “perceptual vigilance” to describe the way that one starts seeing something everywhere after they first take notice of it. Well, it seems that this phenomenon has taken hold of the members of Sixty Inches From Center. Over the past month, many of us couldn’t help but notice Mental 312’s street art all over Chicago. Exiting the highway, cruising by on a CTA bus,... 
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