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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 …

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish

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 and are happy to have them as a partner. This week Gozamos writer Terry Carlton interviews Jeremy Fish about his work and recent show at Rotofugi. Positioned across the street from Delilah’s and two doors down from the Republican campaign headquarters, Rotofugi sits on the corner of Lincoln and Racine (and has for the last two years since moving from their Ukrainian Village location on Chicago), unaffected by the hubbub and perfectly content slanging toys and living toy culture. Roto stands for the type of Western toy design-evolved from the traditionally Eastern Sofubi and Kaiju styles-found throughout the award-winning and internationally known store. Fugi stands for the owners’ dog, who you can find running around the store at any given moment. Hanging …