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M.U.R. XIII: Monthly Experiments in Placemaking

M.U.R. XIII: Monthly Experiments in Placemaking
Sambre Installation. 2013. Wood. 24′ x 8′. Mur XIII, Pasarrelle Simone de Beauvoir. Paris, France. (Image Credit: Caitlin Bruce) As I write this I have been looking at updates from artists and friends about “Paint, Paste, & Sticker: Chicago Street Art,” the current show at the Chicago Cultural Center (running from October 18, 2013 to January 12, 2014).  The show, which... 

Amongst Angels: Liz “Beloved” Lazdin’s Portraits of Chicago

Amongst Angels: Liz
Amongst Angels Chicago, an exposition of Liz “Beloved” Lazdin’s multimedia spray paint, collage, drawing, and painting works, illuminates the way that grit and vulnerability collide in urban spaces, embodied in key figures from Chicago’s activist and hip hop communities. Beloved explained some of the impetus behind the show: “I consider myself, at this stage of my life,... 

Creating Spaces For Encounter at the Evanston Art Center

Creating Spaces For Encounter at the Evanston Art Center
“We want to activate this space,” said Evanston Art Center’s executive director Norah Diedrich of the mansion-like lakefront building her organization calls home. The EAC has existed since 1929 and in the Harley Clarke House since 1966, and remains an essential part of art’s ongoing evolution in Chicago. “We want more people in here and we want your ideas on the wall... 

Declaring Aerosol Supremacy: Statik’s Manifesto for a New Chicago Aesthetic

Declaring Aerosol Supremacy: Statik’s Manifesto for a New Chicago Aesthetic
Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes’ show Aerosol Supremacy offers an expert demonstration of “can control,” color choice, and formal prowess, but also keen insight on the various influences and multiple histories of graffiti art.  A sort of retrospective for and of the underground, Aerosol Supremacy pays homage to the Chicago graffiti scene. Through demonstrated aesthetic excellence, it also argues... 

Barely Here: Patience, Persistence, and Evolution

Barely Here: Patience, Persistence, and Evolution
Revise’s recent solo exhibition, Barely Here, at Modest Skate Shop in Forest Park, Illinois, explores what it means to try to maintain a relationship with an artistic community that measures visibility based on productivity and intense presence.  Such a relationship is complicated when the realities of multiple jobs, and the experience of growing into adulthood mitigate the possibility of maintaining... 

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón
Showing from March 16 to April 16 at Howard Street Gallery and co-sponsored by Fullhearted, Melón and Sandía’s collaborative show offers a creative look at mixed media, street art aesthetics and playful meditations on life, death, immigration and gender. Sandía means Watermelon in Spanish, and the title mirrors the show’s wordplay. The aforementioned artists graciously allowed me to interview... 

Welcome to Goonswood: Visualizing the Just Out of Sight

Welcome to Goonswood: Visualizing the Just Out of Sight
“Part reptile, part human, maybe they are angels,” Goons mused. He was reflecting on his creatures, also called goons, who he obsessively paints and draws in different settings, guises, outfits, and identities. The goons, marked by their iconic giant open mouths with thick lips, are electric, psychedelic, and whimsical creatures. Opening on October 5th, Welcome to Goonswood presented a prospective... 
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