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The Man Behind the Murals

The Man Behind the Murals
After first glimpsing the work of Mental 312 from the Green Line in the winter of 2010, I’ve been on the lookout for more of the street artist’s large artworks. On foot, El, Metra, and CTA bus, I’ve come upon Mental’s bold colors and distinct style all over the city. Last month I finally caught up with the man behind the murals and talked to him about his process, inspiration, and ideas for... 

September Guide to Chicago Art

September Guide to Chicago Art
It’s natural to dread the end of summer, but fortunately September comes with a silver lining. Watermelon and potato salad are set aside for white wine (or PBR) and brie as the art world rolls us its sleeves and gets back to work. This September features dizzying array of art events, so we’ve put together our latest guide to help you make sense of the busy month. Click the image for a... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || September 2nd – 4th

Week Ends, Art Begins || September 2nd - 4th
FRIDAY || SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2011 { E X Q U I S I T E • C O R P S E } Cheers to Sixty’s own Jenny Lam, Zachary Johnson and Jes Standefer–curator and two of the 40 participants in this collaborative art exhibition in classic exquisite corpse style. E.C. will include Interactive art (stuff you can touch). Audience-participatory art (stuff you can create). An advice booth (stuff that may... 

Mental Strikes Again

Mental Strikes Again
Mental 312, the artist already responsible for one large piece of street art visible from the Green Line has recently created another. The new piece adorns an abandoned three-flat near the Garfield stop. It is the same geometric style as his other recent piece (near the Green Line Indiana station), except rendered in purple instead of teal. If you find yourself in the Washington Park area, I recommend... 

Hyde Park Public Art (1 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (1 of 5)
In the earlier decades of the twentieth century, Lorado Taft may have been Chicago’s most famous artist. His was a name I’d never heard before, but after a little research I realized I’d seen his sculptures all over town. I first saw his “Fountain of The Great Lakes” outside the Art Institute in high school and discovered his two Graceland Cemetery sculptures, one a crusader and another... 
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