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20150531160621-exh_degas_steeplechase_480h Edgar Degas: Capturing Unconscious Moments  
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Edgar Degas at The Art Institute of Chicago July 1st - February 6th, 2016
Posted 8/28/15

By: Amy Haddad Edgar Degas, “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” Many consider Edgar Degas an Impressionist artist—a painter of modern life. That he was, though different than some of his contemporaries. He called himself a “Realist.” Rather than painting plein air landscapes, using color, light and shade to capture fleeting moments, as Monet and other Impressionists famously did, Degas captured everyday movements in the theater, at the ballet or the cafés he frequente... [more]

20150512165257-06ef7km_2011_tyffsh_6 Space in All of Its Capacities  
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 9th - October 4th
Posted 8/21/15

By: Amy Haddad Kris Martin, “T.Y.F.F.S.H.” The “S, M, L, XL” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago is a small but compelling show. The exhibition opens explaining how some sculptors in the 1960s moved art from the pedestal into the viewer’s space. This theme has continued over the past five decades in various sizes, as the exhibition’s title suggests. As visitors experience the physical and mental attributes of space, they may begin to... [more]

20150701171015-showcard Art and Renewable Goods and Energy  
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Michael Hall and Yhelena Hall at THE MISSION July 10th - August 22nd
Posted 8/18/15

By: Amy Haddad Michael and Yhelena Hall’s thought-provoking installation at The Mission in Chicago does more than draw attention to the environment. This show reveals practical solutions to contemporary problems. Partial exhibition shot of “Wilderness and Household.” Creating artwork that generates awareness to environmental issues is nothing new. Agnes Denes famously created “Wheatfield” in 1982. Two acres of wheat were planted and harvested in a Manhattan l... [more]

20150828180746-tanja_gant_5x5_colored_pencil_suicide_blonde Interview with Jan Brandt  
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Omalix, Nin Andrews, Ron Androla, Debra Balchen, Jeff Bess, Jan Brandt, Dorielle Caimi, Matthew Cherry, Erica Elan Ciganek, Elizabeth Claire, Cesar Conde, Adrian Cox, Steven DaLuz, Michelle Doll, Dirk Dzimirsky, Jeff Filipski, Tanja Gant, Patrick Earl Hammie, Angela Hardy, Sonne Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Adam Holzrichter, John Korn, Francien Krieg, Lacey Lewis, Debra Livingston, Daniel Maidman, Stephen S. Mills, Jennifer Moore, Rachel Moseley, Reuben Negron, Denis Peterson, Joyce Polance, Sharon Pomales, Diego Quiros, Bryce Ramming, Nadine Robbins, Natalie Roseman, Cesar Santos, Mike Selbach, Victoria Selbach, Suzy Smith, Jef Tonelli, Emma Trelles, Jaime Valero, John Walker, Nick Ward, Melinda Whitmore, Pamela Wilson, Kemel Zaldivar, Michael Van Zeyl at Zhou B Art Center April 15th, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 8/10/15

...fabrics were stuffed and sewn into various sizes of balls and attached to a sphere shape. An indentation was made into this shape, lined with doll hair and accented with hot pink fuzzy pipe cleaners with a pink silk rose to suggest female genitalia. Tell us about your current series. I am in the process of constructing installation art pieces for my next scheduled solo exhibit at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL November-December 2015. I am using various media, including found... [more]

20150828180746-tanja_gant_5x5_colored_pencil_suicide_blonde Interview with Adrian Cox  
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Omalix, Nin Andrews, Ron Androla, Debra Balchen, Jeff Bess, Jan Brandt, Dorielle Caimi, Matthew Cherry, Erica Elan Ciganek, Elizabeth Claire, Cesar Conde, Adrian Cox, Steven DaLuz, Michelle Doll, Dirk Dzimirsky, Jeff Filipski, Tanja Gant, Patrick Earl Hammie, Angela Hardy, Sonne Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Adam Holzrichter, John Korn, Francien Krieg, Lacey Lewis, Debra Livingston, Daniel Maidman, Stephen S. Mills, Jennifer Moore, Rachel Moseley, Reuben Negron, Denis Peterson, Joyce Polance, Sharon Pomales, Diego Quiros, Bryce Ramming, Nadine Robbins, Natalie Roseman, Cesar Santos, Mike Selbach, Victoria Selbach, Suzy Smith, Jef Tonelli, Emma Trelles, Jaime Valero, John Walker, Nick Ward, Melinda Whitmore, Pamela Wilson, Kemel Zaldivar, Michael Van Zeyl at Zhou B Art Center April 15th, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 8/7/15

Adrian Cox (born 1988) is a painter living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. Adrian’s studio practice involves a continuing exploration of transgressive bodies in figurative painting. In his recent work, he seeks to create a mythology of the grotesque, representing the morphic body as a heroic and empathetic subject. Cox attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in 2010. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree fr... [more]

20150828180746-tanja_gant_5x5_colored_pencil_suicide_blonde Interview with Lacey Lewis  
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Omalix, Nin Andrews, Ron Androla, Debra Balchen, Jeff Bess, Jan Brandt, Dorielle Caimi, Matthew Cherry, Erica Elan Ciganek, Elizabeth Claire, Cesar Conde, Adrian Cox, Steven DaLuz, Michelle Doll, Dirk Dzimirsky, Jeff Filipski, Tanja Gant, Patrick Earl Hammie, Angela Hardy, Sonne Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Adam Holzrichter, John Korn, Francien Krieg, Lacey Lewis, Debra Livingston, Daniel Maidman, Stephen S. Mills, Jennifer Moore, Rachel Moseley, Reuben Negron, Denis Peterson, Joyce Polance, Sharon Pomales, Diego Quiros, Bryce Ramming, Nadine Robbins, Natalie Roseman, Cesar Santos, Mike Selbach, Victoria Selbach, Suzy Smith, Jef Tonelli, Emma Trelles, Jaime Valero, John Walker, Nick Ward, Melinda Whitmore, Pamela Wilson, Kemel Zaldivar, Michael Van Zeyl at Zhou B Art Center April 15th, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 8/7/15

Lacey Lewis moved from Syracuse, NY to Kansas City in 2003 and founded Red Door Studios in 2006. She studied drawing with David Kassan and Robert Liberace, and painting with Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, Daniel Sprick and Romel de la Torre. She was recently honored as a Rehs Gallery Finalist in the 2014/2015 Art Renewal Center’s Annual International Salon and her winning painting will travel to the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain later this year. She also received the Ruth Ka... [more]

20150828180746-tanja_gant_5x5_colored_pencil_suicide_blonde Interview with Suzy Smith  
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Omalix, Nin Andrews, Ron Androla, Debra Balchen, Jeff Bess, Jan Brandt, Dorielle Caimi, Matthew Cherry, Erica Elan Ciganek, Elizabeth Claire, Cesar Conde, Adrian Cox, Steven DaLuz, Michelle Doll, Dirk Dzimirsky, Jeff Filipski, Tanja Gant, Patrick Earl Hammie, Angela Hardy, Sonne Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Adam Holzrichter, John Korn, Francien Krieg, Lacey Lewis, Debra Livingston, Daniel Maidman, Stephen S. Mills, Jennifer Moore, Rachel Moseley, Reuben Negron, Denis Peterson, Joyce Polance, Sharon Pomales, Diego Quiros, Bryce Ramming, Nadine Robbins, Natalie Roseman, Cesar Santos, Mike Selbach, Victoria Selbach, Suzy Smith, Jef Tonelli, Emma Trelles, Jaime Valero, John Walker, Nick Ward, Melinda Whitmore, Pamela Wilson, Kemel Zaldivar, Michael Van Zeyl at Zhou B Art Center April 15th, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 8/7/15

Calling Me Home by Suzy Smith oil on canvas 24x24 Please tell us about your current body of work. My current body of work focuses on the idealized female figure in front of an iconic artwork, which allows me to not only pay homage to my favorite artists, but to paint in different styles, contrasting figures with background. It may be that the background is painted with thick paint that allows for a difference in textures, or it may be that a complex, or organic design adds to the sensual... [more]

20150828180746-tanja_gant_5x5_colored_pencil_suicide_blonde Interview with Jeff Filipski  
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Omalix, Nin Andrews, Ron Androla, Debra Balchen, Jeff Bess, Jan Brandt, Dorielle Caimi, Matthew Cherry, Erica Elan Ciganek, Elizabeth Claire, Cesar Conde, Adrian Cox, Steven DaLuz, Michelle Doll, Dirk Dzimirsky, Jeff Filipski, Tanja Gant, Patrick Earl Hammie, Angela Hardy, Sonne Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Adam Holzrichter, John Korn, Francien Krieg, Lacey Lewis, Debra Livingston, Daniel Maidman, Stephen S. Mills, Jennifer Moore, Rachel Moseley, Reuben Negron, Denis Peterson, Joyce Polance, Sharon Pomales, Diego Quiros, Bryce Ramming, Nadine Robbins, Natalie Roseman, Cesar Santos, Mike Selbach, Victoria Selbach, Suzy Smith, Jef Tonelli, Emma Trelles, Jaime Valero, John Walker, Nick Ward, Melinda Whitmore, Pamela Wilson, Kemel Zaldivar, Michael Van Zeyl at Zhou B Art Center April 15th, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 8/7/15

Jeffrey Filipski was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on May 23, 1956. The son of a police officer, he grew up around the steel and chemical plants of South Buffalo. He served 4 years as a Navy Seabee immediately after high school. Jeff received his BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985, majoring in Oil Painting with a minor in Art History. Filipski apprenticed with printmaker Mikulas Kravjansky in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, between 1987-1989 where he learned limited editio... [more]

20150828180746-tanja_gant_5x5_colored_pencil_suicide_blonde Interview with OMALIX  
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Omalix, Nin Andrews, Ron Androla, Debra Balchen, Jeff Bess, Jan Brandt, Dorielle Caimi, Matthew Cherry, Erica Elan Ciganek, Elizabeth Claire, Cesar Conde, Adrian Cox, Steven DaLuz, Michelle Doll, Dirk Dzimirsky, Jeff Filipski, Tanja Gant, Patrick Earl Hammie, Angela Hardy, Sonne Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Adam Holzrichter, John Korn, Francien Krieg, Lacey Lewis, Debra Livingston, Daniel Maidman, Stephen S. Mills, Jennifer Moore, Rachel Moseley, Reuben Negron, Denis Peterson, Joyce Polance, Sharon Pomales, Diego Quiros, Bryce Ramming, Nadine Robbins, Natalie Roseman, Cesar Santos, Mike Selbach, Victoria Selbach, Suzy Smith, Jef Tonelli, Emma Trelles, Jaime Valero, John Walker, Nick Ward, Melinda Whitmore, Pamela Wilson, Kemel Zaldivar, Michael Van Zeyl at Zhou B Art Center April 15th, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 8/7/15

Bird of Paradise by OMALIX oil on Belgian linen 18x36 inches "I have been out of my comfort zone many times for my photography. I’ve been nude in the middle of the woods with little or no company; I’ve been in creepy abandoned places, set things on fire, put a decomposing snake on my head, endured fire ant bites, and a few other unconventional things just for my photos." Explain your process. My process always starts with an idea. Once I have an id... [more]

Graham Foundation announces 2015 Grants to Individuals  
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5/28/15 Posted 5/28/15

Selected grantees are architects, artists, designers, scholars, educators, curators and writers worldwide who present new and challenging ideas in the field of architecture. Ying Xiao and Shengchen Yang, Occupy Skyscraper, 2012, New York. Courtesy of the artists. (Grantee: Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter) An exhaustive photographic survey of modernist architect Le Corbusier’s completed architectural works, an exhibition exploring the visionary play environments created by a pioneering Fre... [more]

20150411184942-thitpok-site Celebrating the Lump: Nancy Lu Rosenheim at the Hyde Park Art Center  
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Nancy Lu Rosenheim at Hyde Park Art Center April 12th - July 12th
Posted 5/18/15

By S. Nicole Lane Ta Prohm Trees, Gallery 2, Nancy Lu Rosenheim “I sat there, my heart beating fast, shaken by what had happened. The destruction of life and the boundless mystery of the content of softness.” -Magdalena Abakanowicz, Statements (1979-94) Knotted hair, tornadoes, log cabins, and pig sties, are (to name a few) the nouns which Nancy Lu Rosenheim applies to her work—trees of heaven, band aids, and sticks are stated as materials and the list goes on. Oddly enough, this specific dict... [more]

Critical Americana in Chicago  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery June 6th, 2014 - July 18th, 2014
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, such as... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery June 6th, 2014 - July 12th, 2014
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, 2014 - July 12th, 2014
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... [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 conc... [more]


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