Monthly Archives: February 2015

Northwestern MFA Open Studios

Come see 10 artists and their studios at the Northwestern MFA Open Studios on Sunday:

Lilli Carré
Emily Cruz Nowell
Max Guy
Erin Hayden
Angela Lopez
Laura McGinn
Daniel Stephen Miller
William Schweigert
David Sprecher
Rambod Vala

Max Guy

Max Guy

Sunday March 1, 2015, 3pm–7pm
Basement Level
Locy Hall
Evanston, IL 60208

Five | 2.28.15 – 3.29.15

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LVL3: 1542 North Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago IL

Lauren Clay – Sabina Ott – Josh Reames – Evan Robarts – Ben Sanders
LVL3 is excited to present |||| [Five], a group show marking our fifth year as an artist-run space. As an annual tradition, LVL3 invites back five previously exhibited artists, and this year the guest list includes Lauren Clay, Sabina Ott, Josh Reames, Evan Robarts, and Ben Sanders. All five of these artists have made a significant impact on our programing as we continue to grow and expand. Join us for an exhibition celebrating the party of making it to ||||.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 28, 2015
6:00 – 10:00p

****SPECIAL afterparty by invitation only at Soho House Chicago 6th floor**** 10:00-2:00am

Music and visuals by
Bouffant Bouffant (New Orleans)
Wildkatz (New York)

midnight performance by Meg Leary

Hand-drawn portraits by Rachel Whitlock

LVL3 art and installation by Josh Reames, Sabina Ott, Ben Sanders, and Lauren Clay

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago’s longest-running independent printshop

The exhibit “ROLLED, STONED & INKED: 25 years of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative” is coming to an end on February 28  at Expo 72.


From City of Chicago website:

Deborah Maris Lader, Founder and Director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, will present a tour of ROLLED, STONED & INKED on Thursday, February 26, 3pm, in the Expo 72 Gallery at 72 East Randolph Street. This entertaining romp through all things printmaking will enlighten and educate, and celebrate why the 25th birthday of a fine art printshop is something to talk about. The show closes two days later, so this is an excellent chance for folks to get their ink on. Free and open to the public.

Jessica Labatte: Underwater Highway at Western Exhibitions

Spotting #1 (Emma) 2014 Unique color photograph 44x 34 in/ 111.8x 86.4 cm Ed. 1 +1AP

Spotting #1 (Emma)
Unique color photograph
44x 34 in/ 111.8x 86.4 cm
Ed. 1 +1AP










From Western Exhibitions website:

Western Exhibitions is pleased to present Underwater Highway, an exhibition of photographic works by Jessica Labatte that continues her investigations in photographic illusion, while respecting the material processes of photography. Labatte’s most recent body of work addresses and employs light and color as a model for space and time; the barely visible, such as dust particles; minerals as pigments; and digital or antique photographic processes. The show opens with a free public reception on Friday, March 13 from 5 to 8pm and will run through April 25. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 6pm.

Seeing Hearing Screenings: February 20th

Cannibals by Lucy Beech The Orchid Interviews by Guy Eytan

 February 20th 2015
7 – 8.30pm

(in service of the dark arts)
1850 S Blue Island – Pilsen – 60608

Seeing Hearing Screening
pairs four British filmmakers with four performance artists based in the US to confront the theme of intimacy and memory in institutional spaces.


Part III:
Danielle Dean & Stephen Kwok
20th March 2015

Part IV:
Edward Thomasson & Courtney Mackedanz
24th April 2015


LODGE (in service of the dark arts) is a winter project-space organized and curated by Angharad Davies and Phil Peters. Sited in a former banqueting hall, windowless with partially dilapidated faux-finishings, LODGE will present a series of film screenings, performances and public exhibitions; an arc of dark light to guide us through the winter months.

1850 S Blue Island – Pilsen – 60608

Normal Is Good (“I like America and America likes me”) exhibition up at SAIC @7FL, Fashion Department

web version

The School of the Art Institute

36 S Wabash Ave, 7FL, Chicago, IL 60603

February 10- February 20, Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

Normal Is Good(” I Like America and America likes me”)
That approach to America’s political and social life for a new way of thinking about society at the intersection of NORMAL IS GOOD  fashion.

This Friday! Michael Milano- fit, fold, and finish @Fernwey

Fernwey Gallery
916 N Damen Ave., Chicago,  IL 60662
Feb. 20th 6-9pm
MICHAEL MILANO is an artist and writer, living and working in Chicago. He received a MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies department at the SAIC, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. He has shown at Devening Projects, Roots & Culture, threewalls, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and has written for Surface Design, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Bad At Sports. He is also a member of the artist collective/study/exhibition space Adds Donna.

SAIC Chicago Artists in Waukegan

Art School at Urban Edge features works by students of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carthage College, and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.  Opening this Saturday, February 21st 5PM to 9PM 220 W. Clayton St. Urban Edge

Upcoming Media related events

Run of Life Experimental, Documentary Series, Monday, February 16th at 7:00pm, $10, Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

-MCA Screening: Jennifer Reeder, Tuesday, February 16th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

-Conversation at the Edge: Robin Deacon, Thursday, February 18th at 6:00pm, Gene Siskel Film Center

-Direct Object/Direct Action LIVE with ACRE TV, Friday, Feburary 27th at 7:00pm, Threewalls, 119 N Peoria St Suite 2C, North Chicago, Illinois 60607

MCA Artist Talk: Richard Hunt

Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, one might expect that sculpture artist Richard Hunt is beginning to slow down, but this is hardly the case.  With a growing list of current commissions, Hunt can be found at work in the same studio space he’s occupied since 1971; albeit, the piles of left-over chrome steel have multiplied since that time.


The sixty minute Artist Talk hosted by the MCA on January 29 was one of those rare occasions to listen to a living, legendary artist address questions regarding his process and sources of inspiration. The discussion co-led by Naomi Beckwith, the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the MCA, and Daniel Schulman, the Director of Visual Arts at the Chicago Cultural Center, enabled Hunt to provide personal accounts regarding his sources of inspiration and creative process. Through his exposure to sculptural works by artists Julio González and Pablo Picasso, Hunt was inspired to take a jewelry/metalsmithing class at the School of the Art Institute, where he was enrolled as a student. At the time, SAIC did not have a welding/direct metal program, so Hunt set up a small studio in the basement of his parent’s home. The early signs of his success were imminent when Hunt sold one of his pieces to the Museum of Modern Art, while still a student at SAIC. Following graduation, Hunt began to exhibit at the Allen Gallery in New York City, a long distance from Texas where he was stationed in the army. Hunt recalled memories of driving his station wagon from Texas to NYC to transport his finished works. As the discussion continued, Hunt shared that his preferred metal of choice was chrome metal. When questioned on his choice for found metals, Hunt candidly responded, “Not only that it already had a life, but that it was less expensive.”


Hunt looks to the scrap metal pieces strewn about his studio for inspiration, claiming that these pieces help suggest the next thing he should make. Hunt’s direct metal approach allows him to fuse these items together, and experiment with also taking them apart. He particularly enjoys the improvisation aspect that this approach permits. Although lesser known for his works on paper, Hunt described these paper-based works as expressive gestures which allow the drawing to travel off the paper, indulging his interest in objects that take flight in the space around us. As the talk came to an end, the facilitator asked whether Hunt considers himself an abstract artist. With his response, Hunt induced a collective laugh from the members of the packed auditorium, as he stated “I would call myself an abstract artist, but some would say, in a way, that’s calling yourself nothing.”

There are currently two Hunt exhibitions running in Chicago through March 29; MCA DNA: Richard Hunt and Richard Hunt: Sixty Years of Sculpture at the Chicago Cultural Center.