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Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space

Green Lantern Projects: Press, Bookstore, Gallery, & Performance Space
  Above a Singer Sewing shop, through a non-descript green door, and up a staircase, you will find the home of Green Lantern Projects. Serving as both a domestic and public space, this apartment transforms to become a multi-faceted realm, housing the Green Lantern Gallery, The Paper Cave Bookstore, The Green Lantern Press, and The Corpse Performance Space– all in one. From printing books,... 

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.... 

I CAN DO THAT – An Interactive Exhibit

I CAN DO THAT - An Interactive Exhibit
What is art? The ever present question that pervades the walls of museums and galleries and seeps into the streets, the question that makes you wonder if this urinal with a signature is in a museum, what about my bidet at home? Or wait, how is this in here and not that impressive wheat paste I saw on Damen? In these instances, it seems the more appropriate answer could be what isn’t art? So when... 

Tiffany Gholar: Chicago artist, writer, and interior designer.

Tiffany Gholar: Chicago artist, writer, and interior designer.
A historic artist’s haven since 1885, the Fine Arts Building continues to support working artists with an open studio every second Friday of the month. You can wander freely through the historic halls, stopping into studios featuring theater, music, or art. If you find yourself on the 6th floor, near the end of the hallway in studio 632F, you will find artist Tiffany Gholar. A lifelong resident... 

PEANUT GALLERY – New Place, New Space

PEANUT GALLERY - New Place, New Space
'Art Night' at Peanut Gallery (courtesy of the gallery) If you have ventured down to the California Clipper lately, you may have noticed a new white-spaced, brightly lit Humboldt Park neighbor. On the corner of California and Augusta is the Peanut Gallery, “a space for creative collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and good, old-fashioned mingling”. Having moved to this storefront... 

Spaces of In-Betweens: An Interview with Kristina Paabus

Spaces of In-Betweens: An Interview with Kristina Paabus
Artist Kristina Paabus' studio at 'The Butcher Shop' When I first saw some works of Kristina Paabus at Hinge Gallery a few months back, I was immediately drawn to the precision of line and the delicacy of detail in her work. In her pieces she utilizes varied forms of mediums, she reflects ‘in-betweens’, and delves in the limits that exists between the real and the illusionary. I was... 

Chicago Artists + Patron Tequila = A “Simply Perfect” Art Project

Chicago Artists + Patron Tequila = A
Artist Jolanta Izabela Pawlak is seen at the Patron “Simply Perfect” Art Project Holiday Windows event on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 in Chicago. (Peter Barreras/AP Images for Patron) This holiday season window shopping will be taking a different approach as vacant store fronts transform into working art studios and galleries for local artists. Titled the “Simply Perfect” Art Project,... 

Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford at Hinge Gallery

Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford at Hinge Gallery
Hinge Gallery Having just opened in June, the bright lights and white walls of Hinge Gallery were welcoming against the coming cold on the night of November 5th. A lovely space in an ideal location among the bustle of Chicago and Damen, Hinge Gallery opened its doors for a dual artist exhibit featuring recent paintings by Cole Pierce and prints by Rusty Shackleford. Pierce and Shackleford have known... 

Moments of Possibility – An Interview with Dave Murray

Moments of Possibility - An Interview with Dave Murray
In September, I attended an exhibit at the LVL3 Gallery titled This is the Same as That, a joint exhibit between New York artist Letha Wilson and Chicago artist Dave Murray. The show dealt with examining the real and the unreal, the physical and the imagined. The exhibit included photography, sculpture, and installation that dealt with the duality of materiality and material limitations. So in October,... 

Form in Flora II – Art in Nature

Form in Flora II - Art in Nature
The Main Show Room of Lincoln Park Conservatory Form in Flora II is an exhibition of nature-related sculpture, and what better place to showcase the art than the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Placed among the foliage and flowers in the main show room are works done by members of the Chicago Sculpture International, with pieces inspired by or made from nature. Chicago Sculpture International is a group... 
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