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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... 

Light Paintings: Paint and Projections at Chicago Art Department

Light Paintings: Paint and Projections at Chicago Art Department
On Friday, September 9th Nathan Peck presented his light paintings at the Chicago Art Departments gallery at 1932 S Halsted #100. Nathan’s video paintings are a combination of actual pain and projections of painting. Out of all of Peck’s works on display the video paintings dominated the space.. When asked about the figures in the drawings Nathan stated, “I can’t decide if the figures... 

Chicago Artist Month 2011: Featured Artist David Jones

Chicago Artist Month 2011: Featured Artist David Jones
This October will be the 16th annual Chicago Artists Month, a citywide collaborative arts event with over 200 events ranging from exhibitions to neighborhood art walks. Sixty Inches From Center’s Media Director, Andrew Roddewig was commissioned through his video production company Clarion New Media to produce 12 short videos about the 12 featured artists. Andrew and his team spent quite a bit... 

Street Art Approval

Street Art Approval
Mental 312. Polish Village, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Mujju Ullah) Last week, while exploring Chicago’s Polish Village, I interrupted my friend mid-sentence as a familiar sight came into view. “Another one!” I exclaimed. Quickly, we crossed Milwaukee and headed towards a wall featuring the street art of Mental 312. Mental’s thick, blue lines were similar to his other pieces: bold and expansive,... 

You Should Come: One Night Only

You Should Come: One Night Only
You Should Come: One Night Only was a three-hour performance art show hosted at Pilsen’s Roxaboxen Exhibition space Thursday, July 28, 2011. Curated by 22-year-old Christian Cruz, artists were given concepts to explore surrounding phrases, “you deserve it” or “you have to!” among others that offer us a feeling of entitlement and obligation in our society. After a few months of Ms. Cruz carefully... 

Peter Mars – ‘Lift’ing Up Where Andy Warhol Left Off

Peter Mars – ‘Lift’ing Up Where Andy Warhol Left Off
On Aug. 3 people flocked to the Meat Packing District for Food Truck Mania and a sneak peek of Peter Mars’ upcoming show “Lift.” Attendees were joined by their dogs, making it the ultimate canine experience. They also got to see iconic images of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Superman, and Buddha transformed by Mars into Pop Art. Reminiscent of Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans, Mars plays with the idea... 

Holly Murkerson – Landlocked Blue

Holly Murkerson - Landlocked Blue
Tucked between neighborhood homes on West Carroll Avenue is the Julius Caesar. The brick-and-vine building housed the opening reception of Holly Murkerson’s Landlocked Blue. Despite the heat of that July Sunday, quite a crowd was gathered and lingering outside at the close of the show. After weaving through white painted hallways with the occasional velvet couch, I found Holly’s exhibit. In her... 

WI Rise Up: An Exhibition of Posters and Photographs from the 2011 Wisconsin Labor Movement

WI Rise Up: An Exhibition of Posters and Photographs from the 2011 Wisconsin Labor Movement
Chicago has long been considered a city built and maintained by working class men and women, and many people believe the labor movement in the United States truly began in Chicago. The headquarters of the International Workers of the World (IWW) are located in Chicago, as are branches of UniteHere! and Local One. On top of that, some of the most influential leaders of the labor movement lived and worked... 

The Art of Justice | Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Charrette

The Art of Justice | Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Charrette
Signs created during brainstorming sessions, August 7, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) After nearly four decades of build up, our city’s history with police torture reached a turning point in 2010 with the trial of Jon Burge, the former commander of the Chicago Police Department accused of coercing confessions out of over one hundred wrongfully accused individuals through inhumane methods.... 

Art on the Ave: A Recap of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Art on the Ave: A Recap of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Logan Square isn’t often associated with avant-garde art and lively outdoor festivals, but it certainly was last weekend, when hundreds of people came together to celebrate contemporary art at the annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. The festival, which began on Friday at 4pm and ended on Sunday at 11pm, was a resounding success. The festival was co-presented by the non-profit organization... 
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