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Review: Jacob Hashimoto/Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Galleries & Museums, Installation, Media & Genres, Multimedia, Painting, West Loop No Comments »
Jacob Hashimoto. “The Scale of Worlds,” 2015. Wood, acrylic, bamboo, paper, and Dacron, 54 x 47 x 8 inches. /Image: RCH l EKH.

Jacob Hashimoto. “The Scale of Worlds,” 2015. Wood, acrylic, bamboo, paper, and Dacron, 54 x 47 x 8 inches/Photo: RCH l EKH

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“The Scale of Worlds” typifies Jacob Hashimoto’s “kite” works. Vertical layers of “kites”—multi-sized, circular-shaped pieces made of paper and bamboo—are threaded together and suspended between two rows of pegs, filling a square space on the wall. From afar, the “kites” resemble a patriotic-colored target. Nearing the piece reveals a contained, visual dance of individually painted and decorated circles. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Karsten Lund/The Franklin

Collage, Galleries & Museums, Garfield Park, Installation, Media & Genres, Photography No Comments »
Karsten Lund. "Distal Zone, installation view at the Franklin, 2015.

Karsten Lund. “Distal Zone,” installation view at the Franklin, 2015.

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Hannah Hoch once said that “[t]he process of remounting, cutting up, sticking down, activating—that is to say, alienating—took hold in all different forms of art.” The technique of combining and reshaping media spans music, literature, poetry and quite particularly, collage. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Daniel Bruttig/Hyde Park Art Center

Galleries & Museums, Hyde Park, Installation, Media & Genres, Sculpture No Comments »
Daniel Bruttig. "Tree House Taffy," 2013. Hot glue, inks, crayons, acrylic paint, wood, clock cases,14 x 13 x 6 inches.

Daniel Bruttig. “Tree House Taffy,” 2014. Hot glue, inks, crayons, paint, wood, clock cases, 14 x 13 x 6 inches.

The failure of the modernist enterprise brought about an injunction to rethink the shape of time. Time was once linear, logical and homogenous. Now it’s gloopy, viscous and prone to pooling in weird ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead/National Museum of Mexican Art

Activist Art, Collage, Craft Work, Design, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Media & Genres, Multimedia, Painting, Photography, Pilsen, Sculpture, Textiles No Comments »
Rocío Caballero. “On the Threshold of Silence/En el umbral del silencio,” 2014. Mixed media on canvas.

Rocío Caballero. “On the Threshold of Silence/En el umbral del silencio,” 2014. Mixed media on canvas.

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Including over ninety artists from both the United States and Mexico, “La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead” is an exhibition in which the private becomes public. The space is awash with orange and yellow marigolds, sequins, skeletons and religious iconography, but beyond this visually stunning assembly of cultural symbols are carefully constructed personal stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Eye Exam: Freedom From Information

Activist Art, Collage, Design, Digital Art, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Loop, Media & Genres, Multimedia, Painting, Performance, Photography, Prints, Sculpture, Video No Comments »
Dora Garcia. "Ulysses," since 1999. Trimmed book, unlimited edition.

Dora Garcia. “Ulysses,” since 1999. Trimmed book, unlimited edition.

By Elliot J. Reichert

It is difficult to think about art these days. Witnessing the world unravel in daily news reports makes questions of culture seem superfluous. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Chris Bradley and Alex Chitty/Shane Campbell Gallery

Design, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Lincoln Park, Media & Genres, Multimedia, Sculpture No Comments »
Chris Bradley and Alex Chitty. Installation view at Shane Campbell Gallery-Lincoln Park, 2015. /Photo: Evan Jenkins

Chris Bradley and Alex Chitty. Installation view at Shane Campbell Gallery-Lincoln Park, 2015. /Photo: Evan Jenkins

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Alex Chitty once said in an interview that she arranges found objects in her work so “they seem to have always belonged together.” On display in Shane Campbell Gallery’s domestic project space, her sculptures look very much at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Cecilia Vicuña and Dianna Frid/Poetry Foundation

Art Books, Craft Work, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Multimedia, Near North Side, Textiles No Comments »
Cecelia Vicuña. "The Origin of Weaving," 2015. Mixed Media.

Cecilia Vicuña. “The Origin of Weaving,” 2015. Mixed media. /Photo: Jason Branscum

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Poetry demands to be read aloud, to be experienced as a multi-sensory form. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: John Knight/Art Institute of Chicago

Ceramics, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Loop, Media & Genres No Comments »
John Knight, "Plate #28," from "Museotypes" series, 1983.

John Knight, “Plate #28,” from “Museotypes” series, 1983.

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To mark the Renaissance Society’s centennial, the Art Institute installed John Knight’s “Museotypes,” a series of sixty commemorative plates ostensibly honoring the museum. Hung in three stacked rows of twenty each, each gold-rimmed bone-china plate (the hue is just warmer than gallery white) sports the silhouetted footprint of a high-caliber museum in black glaze. Altogether, the abstract similarity shared by the graphics condenses art-housing architecture into minimalist logos that are less salable than museum facades, but no worse at making an icon of an institution. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Kerstin Brätsch/Arts Club of Chicago

Craft Work, Design, Digital Art, Drawings, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Media & Genres, Multimedia, Painting, Sculpture, Streeterville No Comments »

Kerstin Brätsch. "[PELE'S CURSE]," Installation view, Arts Club of Chicago. /Photo: Michael Tropea.

Kerstin Brätsch. “[PELE’S CURSE],” Installation view, Arts Club of Chicago/Photo: Michael Tropea

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In order to understand what Kerstin Brätsch and her collaborators are up to it is useful to think about another group of Germans from a hundred years ago. The artists of the Blue Rider (Kandinsky, Münter and Marc) painted on glass, canvas and paper. They sought inspiration in naïve, folk and children’s art. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Vacancy: Urban Interruption and (Re)generation/Glass Curtain Gallery

Activist Art, Architecture, Design, Drawings, Galleries & Museums, Installation, Media & Genres, Multimedia, Performance, Photography, Public Art, Sculpture, South Loop, Video No Comments »
Emmanuel Pratt in collaboration with Sweet Water Foundation. "Ecology of Absence?" Furniture, shelving and American flag made from reclaimed wooden pallets. /Photo: Rob Karlic.

Emmanuel Pratt in collaboration with Sweet Water Foundation. “Ecology of Absence?” Furniture, shelving and American flag made from reclaimed wooden pallets/Photo: Rob Karlic

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The Glass Curtain Gallery is a fitting venue for an exhibition about vacancy and regeneration. Its South Loop neighborhood is on the verge of a residential boom, while the nearby West Loop has been transitioning from a meatpacking district to a trendy area to live and dine.

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