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Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012

Who doesn’t love a good year end best of list? It has become an annual tradition for us at Sixty to put together the most read articles on our website as a way to reflect on the art we have seen and the minds we have picked throughout the past year. Making up a large percentage of the tens of thousands of people who perused our website in 2012, the following are the top articles that grabbed your attention last year:


10. Sitting Down with Bradley Biancardi by Zachary Johnson

“Earlier this month I joined Bradley Biancardi in his East Garfield Park studio to discuss his current show at the Hyde Park Art Center, his artistic process, and his interests as an artist. Amicable, candid, and passionate about his work, Biancardi spoke freely about the ever-changing status of his practice, his interest in the figure, and his contemporary interpretations of Renaissance Italian paintings…” Read More


9. A Studio Visit with Jason Hawk by Sierra Nicole Rhoden

Jason Hawk is a self-proclaimed “dirty sculptor” who works extensively in metal.  Two years ago, Hawk cofounded Red Gate Studios, a live-work space near Logan Square which he shares with artists Salvador Dominguez, Eric Gushee, Llyod Mandelbaum, and Amy Helber. Hawk’s aesthetic is a combination of sci-fi and classical elements, often with an emphasis on technological decay.” Read More


8. Black To The Future Series: A Conversation with D. Scot Miller by Tempestt Hazel

“Using a title borrowed from an essay by cultural critic Mark Dery, the Black To The Future Series is a sequence of interviews with artists whose practice has started to define a new generation of work in the realm of AfroFuturism and AfroSurrealism.  This series has been created to spark conversation, to hear various points of view on something that is constantly changing and transforming, and with the hopes of allowing the practitioners to be at the center of determining what these movements are.” Read More


7. Arow Collective, Part 1 by Jenny Lam

“When you receive noise complaints from your neighbors and subsequent eviction threats over the phone from an angry landlord who lives in the suburbs but Googled your address and came across DIY flyers of public shows you’re hosting in your three-story loft that’s populated by four times as many tenants as is legally allowed… you know you’re doing something right. (Disclaimer: bias in favor of fellow troublemakers may [have] occur[ed].) Nestled in the heart of Pilsen, Arow Collective represents all that is Good about Chicago’s underground art scene.” Read More


6. Sustainable Art: Chicago’s Twelve by Danielle Jackson

“Orange traffic cones, plastic prescription bottles, fallen tree branches, rulers, belts, deodorant caps, wire, and nails—just to name a few—are all materials that are familiar to us. They’re so mundane that many people don’t think twice about them. We encounter them in our homes, the alley, the park, and on the streets. We use them and discard them. How many of us could envision sculptural or painterly compositions using these seemingly monotonous materials? How many of us could abandon the traditional functions of these materials and incorporate it into our artistic practice?” Read More


5. Art + Love by Zachary Johnson

“Though the image of the lone artist toiling away in their studio is widespread, there are of course artists who work in pairs. Whether that means inspiring each other, sharing knowledge, or collaborating on projects, artist couples prove that two heads are better than one. For Valentine’s Day, we spoke with three of them,  curious to learn how their relationships influences their practice.” Read More


4. A New Art District From The Ground Up by Zachary Johnson

“How do you start an art district from the ground up? 53 miles east of Chicago the answer is collaboration. A town of thirty thousand people connected to Chicago by the South Shore Electric line, Michigan City boasts an art center, a handful of commercial galleries, non-art spaces actively showing art, an art walk, public art displays, and is developing a live/work building for artists through the Minneapolis-based non-profit developer Artspace. All of this activity takes place in part of the city’s downtown known as the Uptown Arts District. Several years ago, however, things were quite different.” Read More


3. Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls by Pat Elifritz

“On January 13th, Laura Mackin introduced a new exhibition entitled 120 Years at threewalls, the latest installment in the threewallsSOLO program. Upon arrival, those who traveled to the exhibition found themselves confronted with more terrain to navigate. A composite collection of disparate postcards organized according to their place of origin, an assemblage of home video footage of anonymous American highways shot from the passenger seat, an arrangement of small-scale photographic prints into a pseudo-skyline display—each indicate the artist’s interest in tropes of travel, and these remain present throughout her archival practice.” Read More


2. Morbid Curiosity: Chasing the Light by Brian Willard

“The new exhibition at the Cultural Center, Morbid Curiosity, features an expansive and surprisingly uplifting overview of diverse cultural meditations upon death. Ranging from an impressive collection of fine art masterpieces to medical specimens, the exhibition underscores the peace and closure garnered from accepting death, rather than the fear and anxiety traditionally associated with it in Western culture. I took a tour with co-curator of the show, Debra Purden, to discuss the exhibition layout design and the selection process.” Read More


1. 2012 Spring BFA Exhibition by Jes Standefer

“At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), March Madness has a completely different meaning.  Every mid-March the Spring BFA Show begins the procession of graduation shows to come for SAIC over the next few months.  The Spring BFA is one of the largest gallery shows of the year displaying over 200 graduating undergraduates’ works.  Last Friday, the show opened, and as usual it was an energetic affair.  However, this year was slightly different than the previous two because the work had just as much (maybe even more) energy and vitality than the crowd opening night.” Read More

From all of us at Sixty to all of you out in digital space, thank you for reading.  Here’s to a new year of art and articles.

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