this is so awesome! Cant wait for next ones! Check it out
omg this is so cool! Too excited for next ones! Check it out
John Opera @ Rafacz
I’ve met John once before our trip to the Andrew Rafacz gallery, and I’ve come to the conclusion that he is one righteous dude. His most recent work is incredibly organic in form, and in process, in that each piece was created using dyes from foraged fruits and vegetables. I sort of looked at it as (and I mean this as a good thing) tie-die for the fine art world. Listening to John...
Our first politically charged show we’ve seen in the pcin, I was a wee bit stumped. Walking through the first half of the exhibit in the MoCP, I really didn’t know how to feel. I felt a pretty deep sense of insincerity with several of the pieces in the show. Some of it i thought was interesting visually, but when looked at through the context of what this project is, and what...
In reading the writings from Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, I was somewhat baffled at how much they connect photography to death. To me, photography represents immortality, a way of stopping a moment forever and solidifying it as an object. The more I read, however, I began to understand what they were talking about. I found Barthes’ description of what he feels when being photographed to...
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
To be honest, I had no idea what to expect when I saw we were going to be talking to a curator all day in class. There was no way they could talk about how to hang a photo on a wall for two whole hours, was there?! (half kidding) Natasha came as a very pleasant surprise the moment she started talking to our class. Like Stuart, the first thing I also noticed and appreciated was the fact that she...
Walking in to the Blackpoint Editions studio and workspace, the first thing I immediately noticed was a mech-giant of a printer, along with not 1,2 or 3… but four drum scanners. The words ‘collective’ and ‘big sexy prints’ were uttered, and all of a sudden the heavens opened up, a dove came floating down, olive branch in tow, and one hundred wing-ed angels broke out...
Jeanne Dunning, Milton Rogovin and Vivian Maier
Jeanne Dunning’s new show at the Donald Young gallery was the first stop we made on our tour of some of the local exhibits along Michigan Ave. The space itself was quaint and rather small, but still had a nice atmosphere in which to view artwork. The only thing that was a little strange was the way the spaces were separated, I felt like I was intruding on someone’s office space. The...
Vik Muniz on his work
This guy is a true artist… His name is Vik Muniz, and he’s a multi-media genius. Thought you guys would enjoy this. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/254Qrn/www.ted.com/talks/vik_muniz_makes_art_with_wire_sugar.htm
The Midwest is Grotesque
When I was in high school, I took an advanced lit course with a teacher that ended up being one of the most influential I ever had in high school. During the course, she recommended a book called A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O’nan. This novel was all I could think about while watching Melika Bass’ film at the MCA. The way she depicted the characters, the landscape and the story...
A Thing in a Hole is a Thing That is Not
This being my first time visiting the Ren, located in the UIC campus, I was very impressed by the space itself. It was very intimate, yet the high ceilings and all of the windows gave it an almost sanctuary-like feel. I’d be very interested to see a photography exhibit in this space. The Gerard Byrne exhibit was set up extremely well, in my opinion. The idea to use the walls as one of the...
What the hell is a blog, anyway?
I consider myself to be a technologically hip and savvy guy. I have a facebook, I do all my banking online, I get my latest news from huff post and digg. Judge me if you want to. But for some odd reason I never got around to the whole blogging thing. Yes, I understand it’s someone’s thoughts laid out for all eyes to see and all minds to digest. “But for what purpose!?” I...
Tillim/Kahn and Selesnick
After seeing the new MoCP exhibit featuring Guy Tillam’s new body of work “Avenue Patrice Lamumba”, and Kahn & Selesnick’s new work, “The Apollo Prophecies” and “Mars Adrift on the Hourglass Sea”, I was first drawn to how strange it was that these two shows were put together. One project, a fine art/documentary on Africa, the other, an incredibly...