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20111003162736-epufoy4srh247qra Air   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Claire Ashley, Mark Booth at SideCar September 10th, 2011 - October 8th, 2011
Posted 10/3/11

Mark Booth and Claire Ashley’s exhibition “AIR: tasteless, odorless, colorless” at the destination SideCar Gallery finds the two artists, who are also friends, in close conversation. The exhibition plays back and forth between the ethereal and the corporeal, the lightweight and the clunky.   Installation view of "AIR" at SideCar. Image courtesy of SideCar.   Mark Booth exhibits the textual drawing and wall installations that typically characterize his practice. Here his vinyl wall text drawings scroll up and down the wa... [more]

Dscf4523 Kane County Flea Market   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/5/10

            Though it’s at least an hour drive outside of Chicago, the Kane County Flea Market’s monthly appearance is well worth it. Held the first weekend of every month in suburban St. Charles, Illinois, the Market is an eclectic mix of die hard antique dealers with expensive vintage items, amateur antique dealers with moderately priced goods and people with spare trucks with a bunch of random crap.  The pleasure of the market comes from sifting through the dross to find that one unexpec... [more]

000312 It's the Real Thing   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ali Bailey at Andrew Rafacz Gallery March 27th, 2010 - May 8th, 2010
Posted 4/5/10

    Sculptor Ali Bailey’s new show “It’s the Real Thing” at Andrew Rafasz Gallery marks a sharp turn from his previous body of work.  A master of the combination of found objects into mysterious conglomerates, this current work finds Mr. Bailey in more conventionally modernist terrain. The sculptural works in the exhibition mostly sit on plinths, are broadly geometrical and feature modernist colors. One of the best of these is an open network of rough red beams constructed into an “A” frame. This abstra... [more]

62_install3web Cracking the Old Codes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jason Salavon at Tony Wight Gallery March 13th, 2010 - April 10th, 2010
Posted 4/5/10

      Jason Salavon’s ongoing solo show at Tony Wight Gallery finds the artist probing his signature conceptual territory but in subtly different ways.  Mr. Salavon uses imaging programs and computing power to statistically analyze large volumes of images looking for characteristic patterns. For instance, one series of digital prints from 2010 presents volumes of Old Master portraiture superimposed atop each other. The result for Rembrandt [Portrait (Rembrandt), 2010] is a luminous cloud that... [more]

Dscf4439 Skyspace Grounded   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/9/10

              Given James Turrell’s fondness for the mysticism of the Desert Southwest, few would expect that Turrell would have placed one of his signature skyspaces in urban Chicago. Not located inside of a serene museum, instead it’s placed as a piece of public sculpture directly adjacent to the intersection of Roosevelt and Halsted Avenues. With the regularly aggressive flow of traffic and the chatty flow of students from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the site is far from... [more]

Toddsmitt Let There Be Geo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Maya Hayuk, Cody Hudson, Steven Husby, Barbara Kasten, Sam Prekop, Geoffrey Todd Smith at A+D Gallery March 4th, 2010 - April 24th, 2010
Posted 3/8/10

        “Let There Be Geo” at Columbia College’s A+D Gallery is large group show devoted to the current use of geometric abstraction in art. Curated by Elizabeth Burke-Dain, the premise and execution of the show is too broadly based to be useful (though Jason Foumberg’s catalog essay goes along way to making that breadth seem virtuous). Tracking each individual thread through this unfocused exhibition would take far too long, yet the show does provide interesting comparisons between objec... [more]

P_qs Frustrating and Metaphorical Relationships   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Todd Chilton, Pete Fagundo, Carrie Gundersdorf, Katy Heinlein, Jessica Labatte, Andrea Myers, Tessa Windt at Hyde Park Art Center February 28th, 2010 - June 6th, 2010
Posted 3/8/10

“Ps and Qs” at the Hyde Park Art Center presents a variety of abstract painting and sculptural practices within a single space. Curated by Shannon Stratton and Jeff M. Ward, this exhibition is actually a sequel to a previous exhibition of the same name presented in Houston in 2006. This version contains different works though it retains many of the same artists. This installment features Todd Chilton, Peter Fagundo, Carrie Gundersdorf, Katy Heilein, Jessica Labatte, Andrea Myers and Tes... [more]

Flag_of_chicago The Future of Local News   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/1/10

The much touted death of print journalism is well underway. Large wealthy papers have reduced staff, reduced coverage, and tried other ways to monetize their content, all in the hopes of saving their business model and preserving their status as the protectors of the public trust. Nationally, The New York Times announced that they will start charging for their online content within a year. Locally, Tribune Media, owner of the Chicago Tribune, barely avoided folding altogether and has trie... [more]

Hpac Colors from the Past   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Andreas Fisher at Hyde Park Art Center January 17th, 2010 - April 18th, 2010
Posted 2/1/10

Andreas Fischer’s coordinated and concurrent shows at the College of Dupage’s Gahlberg Gallery and at the Hyde Park Art Center (which this article focuses on) present two distinct but related bodies of work. At the Gahlberg Gallery is “Original Locations,” paintings of non-descript and shrewdly cropped scenes of the mountainous American West. At the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is Mr. Fischer’s series of small paintings all titled Sunday Best. Most are about 8” x 10” and depict people from... [more]

Untitled_09-03 Richard Rezac   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Rezac at Rhona Hoffman Gallery January 8th, 2010 - February 13th, 2010
Posted 2/1/10

        Richard Rezac’s new show of relief and floor sculptures at Rhona Hoffman Gallery finds him in his familiar and refined territory. Little here is about gesture, with his favored materials of bronze, aluminum, painted cherrywood and hydrocal deployed within his regular, if unconventional, forms. This stands in stark contrast to many other contemporary artists that emphasize the act of assembling as a sign of agency, Jim Lambie and Rachel Harrison come to mind. Mr. Rezac however is closer... [more]

Zl Zoolights!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/21/09

ZOOLIGHTS at Lincoln Park Zoo  When looking for a cheap, found art experience it’s hard to beat Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Annually during the holidays the zoo hosts a Christmas extravaganza on their grounds courtesy of Commonwealth Edison and Charter One Bank. The zoo stays open nightly til 9pm to allow for it’s main attraction, a massive lightshow. If you can bring yourself to overlook the ethical issues surrounding caging animals in zoos in the first place, and then manage to get past th... [more]

Ao Angel Otero   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Angel Otero at Kavi Gupta Gallery December 12th, 2009 - January 30th, 2010
Posted 12/21/09

    Angel Otero couldn't have more of a buzz around him at this point if he were an actual angel. Selling out at the NADA Art Fair in Miami has boosted his stock once again. Some of the paintings that graced those fair, tropical walls are now back in Chicago, and on view at Kavi Gupta Gallery. Otero's paintings fit squarely into the mold of early modernist painters, where as the story goes, paint increasingly become independent from the image. And if there is any innovation in Otero's work, it would be... [more]

Major-vegetation-web Forever Vegetal   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Brian McNearney, Edra Soto at Roots & Culture December 11th, 2009 - January 16th, 2010
Posted 12/21/09

      Easily the weirdest show I've seen in sometime, “Forever Vegetal” pushes the limits of taste, and not necessarily tastefully so. The two-person exhibition of Edra Soto and Brian McNearney at Roots and Culture places two post-disciplinary artists in close proximity, ultimately highlighting their differences. Edra Soto's contribution is a wandering examination of her Hispanic heritage filtered through objects and images of Catholicism. The wide range of media and symbols doesn't always... [more]

Sunday_soup Turning Soup into an Artist Grant   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/16/09

            This coming Sunday, November 22nd from 5 to 7 pm, InCUBATE will hold their final Sunday Soup at their space around the corner from the Congress Theatre at 2129 Rockwell.  For a modest donation of $10, participants get a home-cooked meal and the collected funds are granted to an artist voted on by those in attendance. The members of InCUBATE are collectively pursuing their careers and educations, many of them in other cities and countries and the space has been rendered somewhat u... [more]

Jt2 Illuminating a Recession   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jan Tichy at Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago October 9th, 2009 - January 9th, 2010
Posted 11/16/09

        It’s rare that an economic downturn has an 'upside' but without the downturn Jan Tichy’s show “Installations” for Richard Gray Gallery would not have been possible. Mr. Tichy’s video installations are literally embedded in the vacant offices and abandoned conference rooms of an entire floor in the Hancock Building. Stepping off of an elevator into an empty and dimly lit level of corporate offices is already an evocative enough experience on its own and is heightened by what Mr. Tichy’s video... [more]

Sc1 Artists in Analog   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alex Olson, Lisa Williamson at Shane Campbell Gallery November 14th, 2009 - January 9th, 2010
Posted 11/16/09

In Alex Olson’s and Lisa Williamson’s first show at Shane Campbell Gallery they find in each other an interesting analog. Alex Olson’s paintings reference different forms of written text like announcements, editorials, or shorthand writing. Their pictorial flatness emphasizes their texture over an optic space and nods to the paintings’ source material. However, these references appear to be really just a way to organize shapes on a two-dimensional surface, to give it a reason to be one wa... [more]

Quiltz_on_a_line Reassessing MiddleCoast Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Design 99, Cody Critcheloe, Jeremiah Day, and Whoop Dee Doo, the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor's Compass Group, Scott Hocking, Kerry James Marshall, Greely Myatt, Marjetica Potrč, Julika Rudelius, Artur Silva, Deb Sokolow, Carnal Torpor, Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago October 1st, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 10/26/09

        If “Heartland” at the Smart Museum were only another tired attempt to define “Midwestern-ness,” it would have failed before it began. Exhibitions that fall into this trap of showing “Midwestern-ness,” inevitably end up in condescending generalizations, or in forced comparisons, made to prove that “Midwesterners have culture too” which is equally condescending. Fortunately, “Heartland” is not such an exhibition. “Heartland,” is an exhibition that, for once, takes Midwestern art produc... [more]

Masthead Gapers Block   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/26/09

      It’s not often when ArtSlant recommends another website, but I think I’d be remiss not to mention the blog compilation and news site Gapers Block. Gapers Block is a good place for everything else Chicago. You can find updates on all kinds of things: bike lane Google maps, dates for pierogi making, even information on an autumnal Snuggie Pub Crawl. Two sections are my favorite though: Politics and Food. One can never have too many sources for good food ideas and I have to say that Gapers... [more]

-allan-sekula Imagining Poland   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Allan Sekula at Renaissance Society September 20th, 2009 - December 13th, 2009
Posted 10/26/09

        For his show at the Renaissance Society, Allan Sekula placed little 8 1/2” x 11” printed paper texts around the exterior walls. These texts and his manuscript “Polonia and Other Fables” show Mr. Sekula’s attachment to the written word, which forms a context for his photography. The show, also titled “Polonia and other Fables,” reflects Sekula’s interest in capitalist economic systems and the structuring of societies that emerge from those systems. There are endearing portraits here, like t... [more]

Kohlermu Another American Story   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/21/09

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 608 New York AvenueSheboygan, WI 53081P: 920.458.6144F: 920.458.4473   Wisconsin is Chicago’s other. I live near Palmer Square Park in Logan Square. So I thought I lived in a verdant environment, until I visited Wisconsin this last weekend. Now I knew beforehand that the coast of Wisconsin held rolling green hills, grassy meadows and luminous views of Lake Michigan. But I hadn’t counted on the lushness of the Cheese Curd State (I don’t know if that’s the actual mo... [more]

O1_r1_500 Bright Branches   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jessica Labatte at Scott Projects September 12th, 2009 - September 25th, 2009
Posted 9/21/09

      Jessica Labatte’s photography in “Bright Branches” at Scott Projects presents a humorous approach to twisted and transcendental still lifes. (Untitled) Space Weeds is a digital print of a still life with requisite vase and flowers on a table plus pink balloons and a ripped out magazine image of a supernova. The vase and flowers cast a blue hue on the wall and the balloons languid pink echoes in the burst of the supernova. Nearby is a related shot called Poster an image of an air... [more]

Ex_412 Luis Gispert: Kind of American   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Luis Gispert at Rhona Hoffman Gallery September 9th, 2009 - October 11th, 2009
Posted 9/21/09

        Luis Gispert’s exhibition “You’re my favorite kind of American” on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery until October 17th is dominated by an intriguing video installation titled “Rene”. Split between three wall sized screens the video chronicles the daily activities of a workingman. The older middle-aged gentleman lives and works in a derelict restaurant supply shop. The camera zooms in on his weathered hands as he turns over the equipment searching for the correct fix. The video prog... [more]

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