All posts tagged: goons

Welcome to Goonswood: Visualizing the Just Out of Sight, Part 2

CB: When did you start painting? Why? G: ..I wanted memories to be created from it, to many people, but that s only because each person is different… CB: How did goons come about? What does goons mean to you? G: It’s either a completely imperfect self, or completely perfected. Because its like, I feel that creation is a reflection of who you yourself [are], a reflection of me, and just trying to feel different things, to be different things, but it always goes back to the same, and I feel that every creation has the whole inside of it. And I just think [putting] a goon on it signifies that. That [the goon] is my thought. CB: Can you say a little more about the goons, why you are sort of obsessed with them? G: Just because it’s […]a new species. CB: Is it a human? Reptilian? G: I ‘d say that reptilian is just underdeveloped human, and humans are just humans, and this is the next step. Although it would have reptilian qualities …

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 landscape peopled by Goons. In the interview I conducted with the artist, Goons the artist and goons the visual creatures he produces often melded and collided in our conversation, becoming one and the same, or sometimes different. Goons’s relationship with his art reminds us of the complexity of any art practice, but particularly art making with such an intimate relation to publicity. His work is simultaneously a scream for attention, with loud colors, fantastic scenes, and humor, and an illumination of the decidedly ordinary and universal capacity for spaces and people, to be lit up with creativity. Using rough surfaces, a manic process, and raw looking creatures, Goons expresses a utopian model of public art …

The Chicago Street Art Show

The show might be over but there’s still plenty to discuss regarding the Chicago Street Art Show. Below is a short video comprised of footage from installation days before the show opened. Audio was taken from interviews with participating artists including Goons, Hebru Brantley, CLS, and Co-Director of Chicago Urban Art Society, Peter Kepha. Chicago Street Art Show from Nicolette Caldwell on Vimeo. For more information about The Chicago Street Art Show and The Chicago Urban Art Society go to www.chicagourbanartsociety.tumblr.com. For more information about music by local Chicago band Kmang-Kmang go to www.kmang-kmang.com.

The Chicago Street Art Show: Artists Goons & Don’t Fret

During the week of installation for The Chicago Street Art Show at The Chicago Urban Art Society I had the opportunity to speak with several participating artists including Don’t Fret and Goons. The closing reception for the show will take place this Friday, June 3rd.  If you are unable to make it to the reception, keep posted for future coverage including a video reflection consisting of interviews and footage from the show. Additionally featured this week is an interview with Joseph J. Depre, curator of The Chicago Street Art Show. Chicago Street Artist: Don’t Fret Nicolette Caldwell: What is your history with street art? Don’t Fret: I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. I first got involved with graffiti in seventh grade. All the kids in my seventh grade class chose tag names from South Park characters and I was Pip. NC: That is really clever. So it started from when you were younger? DF: Yeah, I grew up in the city and I remember graffiti from a very young age. …

The Chicago Street Art Show: Interview with curator Joseph J. Depre

During the week of installation for The Chicago Street Art Show at The Chicago Urban Art Society I had the opportunity to speak with several participating artists including curator Joseph J. Depre. Joseph and I discussed the nature, relevance and timeliness of the show and his involvement with the street art community. The closing reception for the show will take place this Friday, June 3rd. If you are unable to make it to the reception, keep posted for future coverage including a video reflection consisting of interviews and footage from the show. Additionally featured this week is an interview with Chicago street artist Don’t Fret and Goons who are also participating in The Chicago Street Art Show. Nicolette Caldwell: What was the initial inspiration for you to do this show? When did you start thinking about it and decide to start planning it? Joseph J. Depre: The show itself probably came around late last summer. I have been doing a lot of traveling; to Berlin, New York, Barcelona, Sao Paolo and L.A. They have some …