Kathryn Born

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Joseph Broghammer at Jackson Artworks July 11th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 7/13/09
Why is a nebraska gallery listed in chicago? [more]
Communication is Overrated   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kathryn Born, Bob Buchholz, Diane Green, Annie Heckman, Mark Oldach at Refuge: Center for Artists in Recovery April 24th, 2009 - June 19th, 2009
Posted 5/25/09
  "Communication is Overrated" In this age of information, this exhibit questions the benefit of “creating a dialog.” Featuring installations, paintings, printed materials and a large-scale wall painting, the exhibit explores the power and limitations of the act of message, and the effect of information bombardment It’s been described as the age of information, supported by a belief system that if we could just “start a dialog,” all our problems would be solved. But is that true? What... [more]
Because I've already seen, and fallen in love with, the Modern Wing, I'm going to take the museum's side on this one. If you want to hear people complain, just search the Web or  watch Alderman Ed Burke waste tons of time and tax dollars trying to mandate free days, rather than fight the corruption that has the city in a chokehold. So the next time you pay an 10% extra to the county - which is every day, on every item you buy - ask who's fleecing you. But I digress. Here are the Top 5, cold... [more]
Response to Response   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Conrad Bakker, FRED CAMPER, Janina Ciezadlo, Alicia Eler, Jason Foumberg, Dianna Frid, Carol Jackson, Claire Wolf Krantz, Christian Kuras, Duncan MacKenzie, Silvia Malagrino, Christopher Meerdo, Adelheid Mers, Corey Postiglione, Claire Prussian, Lane Relyea, Carrie Schneider, Polly Ullrich, Lori Waxman at I Space Gallery April 24th, 2009 - May 30th, 2009
Posted 5/6/09
        The idea: art critics pair with artists, and let the artists have the final word. "Response: Art and the Art of Criticism," was curated by the well-respected group Chicago Art Critics Association (CACA), with Polly Ulrich, Claire Wolf Krantz and Janina Ciezadlo as the "point people" for I Space Gallery. Expectations were high for the eighteen art critics and artists who were featured simultaneously. But the bloggers and reviews weren't lavishing praise. Wrote Claudine Ise, of art... [more]
No Such Thing As Color   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Olafur Eliasson at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 1st, 2009 - September 13th, 2009
Posted 4/30/09
  -Barry Yourgrau, A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane     Olafur Eliasson's show at the MCA has two types of artworks: objects and experiences.  The first experience is the yellow-lighted hall (Room for one colour, 1997)which seems at first like a crushing disappointment, Dan Flavin Part Deux. Then you realize that everyone around you is in greyscale. You are in a living black and white movie. The lady with the red blazer? Grey. Green shirt = grey shirt. Black shoes stay black. Now you're... [more]
Art Is Not Eternal   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Annie Heckman, Wendy Kveck, Marci Rubin, Shawn Stucky, Jess Witte at The Art Center - Highland Park March 6th, 2009 - March 29th, 2009
Posted 3/9/09
        "Art is not eternal." Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test "For A Limited Time Only" is an exhibit of ephemeral art curated by Olga Stefan. It showcases seven works that will all change substantially during the three-week run of the show. Shawn Stucky created an edible catalog. Jess Witte created birdseed doilies, which will get scattered or eaten by birds. Annie Heckman stacked glow-in-the-dark bones which could collapse like a house of cards, Marci Rubin's... [more]
Danes and a Mad Max Chandelier   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nancy Genn, John Himmelfarb, Adi Holzer, Carrie Iverson, Carl Krull, Alexandra Loewe, Jennifer Mannebach, Lucy Slivinski, Shawn Stucky at FLATFILEgalleries February 20th, 2009 - March 27th, 2009
Posted 3/1/09
  FLATFILEgalleries looked spectacular, even from outside, on opening night.  Lucy Slivinski's sculptures are generally over seven feet tall and are lighted, spiney, colorful and a combination of these things.  Although I have grown truly weary of art made with recycled materials, her craftsmanship is refined enough to balance out the crudeness of the found materials.  In Ornament, (see poorly-lit photo below), chipped reflector lights dangle like gemstones in a flurry of bent wire and chains... [more]
This is Not a Piece of Notebook Paper   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
DennisSchommer, Julie Farstad, Karen Hanmer, Tom Huck, Teresa Mucha James, Michael Krueger, Anna Kunz, Jon Langford, Rich Lehl, Ashley Nason, Karen Savage, Jenny Schmid, Matt Schommer, Will Sturgis, Chris Uphues, Ian Weaver at Packer Schopf Gallery February 20th, 2009 - March 28th, 2009
Posted 3/1/09
In anticipation of the Southern Graphics Council (a major printmaking convention hosted by Columbia College in late March), Packer Schopf is hosting the group print show (This is not a print show)." But, ah ha, it is a print show.  It has a collection of prints from the artists of White Wings Press and a dozen other print artists. Two things that stood out: Rattail, 2007, by Matthew Schommer and William Strugis features a mouse and snake and boy with a hole through his stomach. My Aunt... [more]
Beyond the Hook   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michael Thompson at Packer Schopf Gallery February 20th, 2009 - March 28th, 2009
Posted 3/1/09
  In the lower level of Packer Schopf is an exhibit of the Erector-set art of Michael Thompson, who is most well known for his delightfully subversive fradulent postage stamps. His famous stamps not only portray colorful depictions of everything from Smallpox to genitalia, but have actually been sent through the mail and received the stink eye from the federal government. From there, he's made the natural transition to building replicas of bridges out of Erector sets. I have the upmost... [more]
A Must Read   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mohammad Reza Abdolali, Yeohyun Ahn, Andrew Byrom, Viviana Cordova, John Page Corrigan, Denise Gonzales Crisp, J. Kyle Daevel, Keetra Dixon, Benjamin Van Dyke, Oded Ezer, Jack Featherstone, Geoff Kaplan, JK Keller, Ariel Malka, Tuan Phan, Andrew Sloat, Jim Stevens, Will Temple, Chyrsostomos Tsimourdagkas at I Space Gallery January 9th, 2009 - February 7th, 2009
Posted 1/28/09
I Space is an edgy River North gallery that has three gallery spaces and houses the type of experimental work usually seen in the West Loop. As the title describes, features textwork ranging from Andrew Byrom's Grab Me, which spells the word "PLAY" in stainless steel handrails, to a Ariel Malka's The Javascriptorium, a real-time computer program that creates a mountainous landscape from a Hebrew prayer. Clever artworks abound. Keetra Dixson and JK Keller contributed I've been Thinking of... [more]
Cardboard Exquisitness   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Chicago Tourism Center January 30th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 1/28/09
Curator Kathleen Judge and the Viaduct Theater have mounted a large-scale effort at the Chicago Tourism Center called ver 70 artists contributed to this imaginary "City of Carboard."  Thirty city blocks installed on a grid; 12-by-12-inch dioramas or "windows" displayed on the gallery walls; and an audio installation featuring music and sounds recorded on Chicago streets make up the exhibition. One piece that stands out for artistic merit is Chris Lin's George Jones Clouds (close to the... [more]