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Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions
Western Exhibitions opened two corresponding exhibits this month– Looker, a collection of Geoffrey Todd Smith’s intricate geometric paintings, and Fashion, a hypnotic video installation by Josh Mannis. Smith painstakingly works acrylic, gouache, and ink into colorful optical candy reminiscent of spirograph drawings and beadwork. Whimsical titles like Indecent Docent and The Flirtation Station... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 2

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 2
The following is part two of the interview, “Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger.” Read Part I Here. While Part I focuses on the artists overall process as well as various themes and materials that accompany their work, Part II concentrates on their inspirations, how their performance work veers from the theatrical aspects of performantive works, what they... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1
In 2011, as an intern at Illinois State University Galleries, I was introduced to husband- and-husband artists, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger. Over the course of a week, I got to observe their performance Seed Drawings and document another performance Sewn Together. I conversed with the artists about life, and watched them transform the bare white walls of the gallery space into an amazingly... 

My Idea of Fun

My Idea of Fun
The artist Michael Rea once stated that, “Fun is a subjective experience, and by no means universal……the expression of fun becomes a proclamation or a designation of honesty.”  My Idea of Fun –the brainchild of Michael Rea– deals with the subjectivity of the artists and their amusements. Although fun is a subjective experience all of the works engage in some sort of indulgence.... 

Wooden Awesomeness for Weirdos & Perpetual Nerds: The Work of Michael Rea

Wooden Awesomeness for Weirdos & Perpetual Nerds: The Work of Michael Rea
Looking at the idea of failure and drawing from pop culture inspirations, Michael Rea creates enormous wooden sculptures. To borrow from Jeriah Hildwine, he produces a “wooden wonderland for nerds.” Remnants of your favorite movie or book are manipulated, altered, and combined in an attractively entertaining way. Last weekend, I caught up with Mike for a studio visit and interview. We spoke about... 

LVL3 Featured Article Exchange // Rachel Niffenegger

LVL3 Featured Article Exchange // Rachel Niffenegger
This marks the first of a series of article exchanges based on a partnership between Sixty Inches From Center and LVL3 Gallery. The goal of this partnership is to build bridges within our writing community, help promote one another to new audiences across the board and give more exposure to the art that keeps our Chicago experience compelling. LVL3 is an exhibition space in Chicago, IL. LVL3 is dedicated... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || January 27th – January 29th, 2012

Week Ends, Art Begins || January 27th – January 29th, 2012
Say good-bye! This weekend will be the last of our “Week Ends, Art Begins” listing of events. Beginning on Monday, January 30th we will publish our new weekly guide to art in Chicago. It will list visual art related events happening seven days a week. FRIDAY || JANUARY 27th, 2012 Opening Reception // iLLUMINATE illuminate explores light in all of its forms and is open to conceptual interpretation.
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Stan Shellabarger

Stan Shellabarger
Stan Shellabarger opened his third show with a bang at Western Exhibitions on Sept. 9th.  Don’t worry if you missed the opening reception–on September 17th at 4pm, Shellabarger will address the abstractions behind his art and illuminate his creative approach as part of Gallery Weekend Chicago. Western Exhibitions, located at 119 N. Peoria, Suite 2A, is open Wednesday through Saturday from... 

The Great Suburban Frontier

The Great Suburban Frontier
On Sunday July 23rd, I boarded the Green Line to Oak Park and stopped by the opening of an exhibition of work by Simon Ingram and Douglas Melini at The Suburban. It was unlike any opening I’d been to in Chicago. Visitors hung around for hours in the back yard of The Suburban with co-founders Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam.  We sat on seats converted from tree trunks, eating peach pops, generously... 

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: July

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: July
Summer in Chicago is a blessing.  This year we suffered through a long winter, gloomy spring, and one of the wettest Mays on record for these sweet summer months. Oh, yeah, and we did that whole Snowmaggedon thing too. Now it’s our time to enjoy the full beauty of our city. What better way than to take in some art? To help you enjoy summer in Chicago to it’s fullest, we’ve put together... 
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