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Critical Americana in Chicago  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery June 6th - July 18th
Posted 11/4/14

Critical Americana in Chicago by Philip A Hartigan on July 3, 2014 Installation view, ‘Michael Dinges, Victoria Fuller, and Geoffry Smalley’ at Packer Schopf Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) CHICAGO — In a group show at Packer Schopf Gallery, three artists explore ideas or activities that are central to American identity: nature, political protest, and sports. Geoffry Smalley takes pages of old illustrations of the American West,... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery June 6th - July 12th
Posted 11/4/14

Geoffry Smalley. “Catskill Creek, Citi Field,” acrylic on inkjet print, 2012 RECOMMENDED The group of shows at Packer Schopf Gallery ruminates on intrusion. There is technological and environmental encroachment, and the intrusive mythos of masculine and feminine ideals. Michael Dinges’ “Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand” hangs center stage as a retired boat and a lesson. Made with vinyl siding, the scrimshaw declarations ring around this dramatic piece as... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery June 6th - July 12th
Posted 11/4/14

Geoffry Smalley. “Catskill Creek, Citi Field,” acrylic on inkjet print, 2012 RECOMMENDED The group of shows at Packer Schopf Gallery ruminates on intrusion. There is technological and environmental encroachment, and the intrusive mythos of masculine and feminine ideals. Michael Dinges’ “Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand” hangs center stage as a retired boat and a lesson. Made with vinyl siding, the scrimshaw declarations ring around this dramatic piece as... [more]

[VIDEO] Interview / Alchemical Reading with Artist Robert Burnier at EXPO CHICAGO  
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10/4/14 Posted 10/4/14

On Saturday September 20 at EXPO CHICAGO we invited a number of artists to come by the ArtSlant booth for an interview—but rather than your standard artist interview, we did things a little differently. Drawing inspiration from the Voynich manuscript and curator Manus Groenen's Cryptographics exhibition, our interviews took on the form of something like a cross between a tarot session and chance operations. Presented with a series of picture cards, vaguely grouped by loose association with the section... [more]

Showcase Winner: Zachary Mory  
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9/25/14 Posted 9/25/14

(Image: Zachary Mory, The Inbetween, 103” x 50”, graphite on paper, 2011; © Zachary Mory) Zachary Mory (b. 1979, Madison, WI) Beginning with simple marks made with graphite or ink, I explore different systems and modalities within which those marks can function. One mark leads to the next and so on until what is left is an accumulated residue of the time spent within each particular modality. Slowly each system exhausts itself or reaches it’s inherent structural concl... [more]

Being John Malkovich: Artist Recreates Classic Photographs with John Malkovich's Face  
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9/23/14 Posted 9/23/14

Sandro Miller, David Bailey / Mick Jagger "Fur Hood" (1964), 2014 Photographer Sandro Miller just face swapped 35 seminal photographs with John Malkovich's face. Get it? John Malkovich is one of the greatest actors of all time who can convincingly embody any role like no other. The only thing more shocking about seeing Malkovich's face on John Lennon's naked body is that no one has done it before. Brilliant. The forthcoming exhibition, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich, is not just a creepy tribut... [more]

20140920040723-andrew-robert-opening Business as Usual: EXPO CHICAGO Art After Hours  
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9/20/14 Posted 9/20/14

The Morgan Green Line stop facing West. Images by Britt Julious. Outside of the School of the Art Institute's Sullivan Galleries, I ran into Mia DiMeo, one of the publicists for EXPO CHICAGO. I told her about this column and the changes I noticed in EXPO CHICAGO last night for the Vernissage. The most noticeable change, of course, was the fact that people seemed at ease. On the second night of the EXPO CHICAGO experience for Art After Dark, that feeling was again recognizable. Mickalene... [more]

No Glitz, No Glam, Still Good. Britt Julious at EXPO CHICAGO  
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9/19/14 Posted 9/19/14

Britt Julious takes in EXPO's vernissage At Marc Foxx Gallery, photo by Britt Julious. For the first year, it was fitting for EXPO CHICAGO to take place at Navy Pier, land of cheap concessions and carnival-like rides. Vernissage, the opening night party, slightly reeked of stale popcorn thanks to Skinny Pop popcorn bags strewn across abandoned break tables and popcorn kernels littering the pristine carpeted grounds anchoring each fair booth. It was a fitting tribute to the location and the spirit of the fair as it stands in 2014. This is not like the more controlled, more glitzy,... [more]

20140908040249-me_workforblowsign_revisedxxx a fantasy from many  
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David Bechtol, Nancy Bechtol, Eric Dinse, Walter Fydryck, Brian Garay, Adam Helman, Kat Van Horn, Laz, Frank Mascenic, Michael Platt, Kirk Rohrbaugh, John Tyszko, James Vellner, Paul Whittaker at Lost Artists Chicago September 13th 5:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Posted 9/8/14

this is a must see event, music, poety, art and more, enjoy the vibe. [more]

20140814173454-charityauctionheader Prak-sis: Charity Art Auction (Sept. 20, 2014)  
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8/14/14 Posted 8/14/14

A Prak-sis Collaborative project with Royal Institute of British Architect in USA, and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Poker Run for a fundraising event is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 20th concurrent with Expo Chicago Week. Viewing of the artwork on display will be possible from 9 p.m. the 19th at Grand ballroom at the Drake Hotel. Along with this event, we are looking forward to introducing Prak-sis n3w M3dia Art festival, gallery art displays, lectures, and performances as a prelude to AXIS 2015... [more]

Diane Ponder: Catalogue Edition  
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Posted 8/6/14

Diane PonderMixed-media Lives/works in: Chicago, ILWebsite: http://www.dianeponder.comTo purchase contact: Diane Ponder Diane Ponder is a painter and digital photographer. Her work has been displayed locally at Navy Pier, Grant Park, and Oak Park; nationally at The Rockford Gallery in Rockford, Maine, the Art Center in Orinda, California and the New York Art Expo, and internationally, at the first abstract art show in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she was the only woman artist. Diane&rsq... [more]

Candida von Braun: Catalogue Edition  
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Posted 8/6/14

Candida von BraunPainting Lives/works in: Chicago, ILWebsite: http://candidavonbraun.comTo purchase contact: Candida von Braun Candida von Braun’s life is rooted in a culture of creative expression that encompasses art, architecture, photography, sculpture and classical dressage. In her series “Equus” she explores the ongoing challenge between realism and abstraction, layering textures in her desire to connect with the animal’s energy and personality through her... [more]

20140719121810-stroech_installation_1 Watchlist Artist: Megan Stroech  
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Megan Stroech at THE MISSION 7/19/14 Posted 7/19/14

THE SUB-MISSION is pleased to present We Tried That One Time, a site-specific installation by Megan Stroech. Stroech creates unfamiliar arrangements constructed from low-grade, accessible materials to challenge conventional understanding of their utility and erase associations relating to their traditional function. In her solo project in THE SUB-MISSION, she exposes specific architectural elements of the project space while obscuring others to explore perception, the relationship between object... [more]

Announcing Round 4 Juried Winners  
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7/15/14 Posted 7/15/14

Didn't make it this round? Round 5 opens Friday, July 18th! Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize Round 4 Juried Winners: ABSTRACT Artist: Fintan Whelan Title: Breakthrough 2014, 2014 Medium: Mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 x 2 cm DRAWING Artist: Yao Hai Title: Musicless Shanzhai, 2014 Medium: Ink on paper, 97 x 60 cm PHOTOGRAPHY Artist: Austin Irving Title: Spring Street, Los... [more]

20140620182214-americanaheart Find your own Truth here  
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Candace Hunter at South Side Community Art Center June 13th - July 12th
Posted 6/26/14

The artist Candace Hunter has taken the hoodie, the ubiquitous garb of urban youth, professional athletes and soccer moms, now turned symbol of continued racial divide after the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, and deftly mined it as metaphor through out African American history. In Ms. Hunter’s hands the hoodie stands in for the darkness of the slave ship hold, In Strange Fruit it evokes the hoods of Klansmen and others who carried out lynchings, indeed the very hoods used to cover the fac... [more]

20140620182214-americanaheart Hooded Truths  
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Candace Hunter at South Side Community Art Center June 13th - July 12th
Posted 6/20/14

Candace "Chlee" Hunter has created a powerful exhibition about violence that African Americans have endured in this country. The exhibition choronicles the numberous deaths from racial violance against our communities, from slavery to the present day. Her beautifully crafted installtions and art pieces, engage art viewers in the politics and the history of crimes against our humantiy. I applaude Candace's research, scholarship and talent. All of the works within speak to viewers about the is... [more]


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