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Evanston’s Howard Street Gallery

Evanston's Howard Street Gallery
Sixty Inches From Center’s Exchange Partnerships are our chance to spread the word about others who are writing about and documenting art and artists in Chicago, and doing it so beautifully. We have been longtime fans of our friends at Gozamos.com and their coverage of Latino art and culture from here to Milwaukee. This week we bring you a look into a brand new space in Evanston, Howard Street Gallery,... 

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, to... 

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... 

Shooting the Periphery: An all-nighter with Zane Davis

Shooting the Periphery: An all-nighter with Zane Davis
Zane Davis, “Chicago River (South Branch) at South Canal Street”, Chicago, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist. “Following the north branch from the edge of Skokie to the heart of downtown you see the complete transformation from a creek in a forest, to a drain for the city.” —Zane Davis on the Chicago River A dark and sober night makes me pay attention. Shadows hide the distracting... 

Apocalypse 2012/Genesis 2013 // Jackson Junge Gallery

Apocalypse 2012/Genesis 2013 // Jackson Junge Gallery
You hear a lot about the end of the world nowadays.  It is everywhere: the end of the Mayan calendar, global warming, and foreign conflict.  The apocalypse is a concept that has fascinated humankind for ages, and continues to captivate the imagination of many. Jackon Junge Gallery, located on Milwaukee Avenue in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area has taken that very concept and turned it in to the premise... 

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... 

Caleb Weintraub’s Nightmarish Dreamscapes

Caleb Weintraub's Nightmarish Dreamscapes
Grotesque animals, violent battles, and neon colors–these are the things that nightmares are made of in Caleb Weintraub’s exhibit at the Peter Miller Gallery. Weintraub’s saturated oil paintings wander through mysterious storybook dystopias with motifs that walk the line between Disney and The Lord of the Flies. “To The Death” follows two tribal-clad, ostrich-riding children at war in... 

Shota Kawahara’s “Inspiration” Finds an Audience

Shota Kawahara's
Re-Invent Gallery’s current show Inspiration unites clean presentation and progressive work with the intimate and quiet atmosphere of small town America.  Japanese artist Shota Kawahara’s solo exhibition of bright, visually graphic paintings and installation work call to mind the various pieces of artists like Yayoi Kusama and Basquiat, complete with clean lines, bold colors alongside wild, gestural... 

Celebrating 40 Years: A Chicago Public Art Group Collaboration

Celebrating 40 Years: A Chicago Public Art Group Collaboration
To celebrate 40 years of public art throughout the city’s neighborhoods, the Chicago Public Art Group has partnered with Sixty Inches From Center to find out what Chicagoans think about the work that has lined our streets, bridges and community spaces.  What do you think about the public works that occupy your neighborhood?  This is your opportunity to tell them what you think.  Visit one... 

Galerie F Opens It’s Doors

Galerie F Opens It's Doors
A few months ago Sixty posted a piece on a Kickstarter project designed to raise money for a new, innovative gallery in Logan Square called Galerie F.  On July 20th, that project came to fruition with the gig/art poster haven’s grand opening. Boldly standing on the corner of Fullerton and Milwaukee, this new cultural epicenter is a place to find affordable yet pioneering art without the suffocating... 
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