They call it “Marbs.” Some of them do, anyway—not the real deal money; not 'Tony' and 'Mel' Banderas-Griffiths, whose beach-front palace’s lease, quite tragically, outlived their marriage—but the ones who are there for an earthier breed of bacchanal: the drunks, the San Tropez tanners, the motor-mouthed swimsuit babes, the rutting Croyden bucks—and so on, and so forth. Breasts as buoyant as puppies; pectorals as tight as spinster's mouths: the strip on Puerto... [more]
God first spoke to me when I was 8, while sitting in a wooden church pew in a sanctuary that was outfitted like a synagogue. I recall it was during the part in the "Jewish" ( I cannot verify this is actually a traditional Jewish practice, as I have never seen it happen in any subsequent standardized "Jewish" services) service when the Torah is brought out and everyone is singing and holding up their hands in the air reaching to touch the holiness. God's voice came through the retro woofers ( no... [more]
Comicon North by Vanguard Culture/Rebecca Romani by aagz Gary Aagaard, Lauren Berley, Thayer Bray, Maclovio Cantu IV, Brittany Ellis, eric garcia, Wes Hardesty, Khryztof, Michael Koerner, Alberto Lopez, Kathleen McLaughlin, Chris Smith, Richard Smolinksi, Sallie Whistler Marcucci at The Studio Door
July 3rd - July 26th
Article by Rebecca Romani
It’s late on a Friday and the Studio Door Gallery on 30th is still going strong for the opening of its national Comicon-inspired show, “Strip: Caricature, Satire and the Funnies.” The caricature artist is working on a couple who looks thrilled to be getting mildly caricaturized and someone is busily adding lines to the communal canvas off in the corner. She is concentrating so hard she barely notices people looking over her shoulder.
Jae Hwan Lim is a socio-politically driven artist, who criticizes the lurking bureaucracy and corruption that limit democratic freedoms in his home country, the Republic of Korea. Creating paintings and videos that poetically illuminate corruption in politics and religions, Lim is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His multi-national background influences him to embody the political issue-makers through which he actively experi... [more]
The Constitution of the Republic of Korea Article 1 Section 2: “The sovereignty of the Republic of Korea shall reside in the people, and all state authority shall emanate from the people.” Through representation and the re-enactment of narratives from the media, I create paintings, drawings, performances, and videos that criticize the hidden bureaucracy and corruption that disregard the Constitution and limit the democratic freedoms in my home country, South Korea. My artworks make commentar... [more]
I had a rude awakening this last April when Robin Lysne asked me to participate in the June/July exhibit "Plastic Paralysis" at Studio Bongiorno in Santa Clara, CA. I had no idea that plastic was and is creating a huge environmental disaster: huge funnel like gyres larger than the state of Texas made of floating plastic debris in all of the world's major oceans. As a result, plastic has invaded the food chain in both minute and/or large form in most all fish and sea mammals.
To me what hit home was se... [more]
CHRISTOPH WALTER PIRKER lives and works in Graz and Knittelfeld. He formulates projects at the interface of architecture, painting, music and text.
"The artwork is created first as a text, it has to be deciphered first and in its depth of its layers it is not presumed that it is at all decipherable.” (Christoph Walter Pirker)
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International artist Tom Estes has been invited by curator Rebecca Feiner to act as Honorary Mayor of DEN-City1. Estes describes himself as a “Sci-fi inspired Carnival Sideshow Conceptualist, combining a bare-bones formal conceptualism with an eternally adolescent, DIY comic-prank approach”. Organised with Middlesex University, DEN-City1 is part of The London Festival of Architecture, a month long celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice.
I’ m sure I... [more]
The 40th Anniversary Show was remounted at the spacious Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. Women Artists over the decades (since 1972) Over 50 women spanning generations participated in this legendary exhibit. Myself, a current Affiliate, and former President/Director in 99-2001. It is very special and a Chicago Gem.
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation of Chicago is at Beverly Fine Arts Center! celebrating 40 years- and only getting better!
ARC 40th Anniversary Exhibit--- Reception May 2, 7-9pm Ea... [more]