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Review: Bilingual: Art at the Intersection of Painting and Video

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Artists, like linguists, translate the language of their thoughts and observations into the world of common perception. This exhibition considers “the role of painting in today’s media suffused culture.” A great variety of contemporary artists are represented in this show from both Columbia College and elsewhere. From Jay Helkes’ black-and-white animations drawn atop a veritable flipbook of rock ‘n’ roll, made popular by MTV, to the award-winning videos of Canadian artist Shira Avni, much of the work present in this show successfully comments on and exists within our increasingly complex culture. Read the rest of this entry »

Breakout Artists 2007: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers

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By Michael Workman and Jason Foumberg

It’s purely by accident that this year’s edition of our annual showcase of Chicago’s emerging artists ended up focusing almost exclusively on such “newer” art forms as photography, video and curation. Accidental, but entirely appropriate, since the newly reborn Art Chicago and associated shows at the Mart will offer no shortage of painting and sculpture as the city surges with communal art appreciation, at least for a week.
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Breakout Artists 2006: Chicago’s next generation of image makers

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By Michael Workman

Against the backdrop of a Warhol show breaking attendance records at the MCA, the desire to break down any remaining distinctions between culture and fine art, to demolish any remaining boundaries on the making of art, have never been stronger. The very idea of art as only a visual medium is no longer a given, a notion that simultaneously invigorates the practice while challenging its remaining conventions and support systems. In that light, or darkness, we offer a look at a handful of yet-unsung Chicago artists who are doing their part.
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Breakout Artists 2005: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers

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By Michael Workman, with Michael Weinstein

In a year marked by the tragic death of Ed Paschke, the demise of several key galleries and the frustrating confusion of the art-fair wars, we can only take solace in the quality of the work. Chicago remains a fertile field for emerging artists. In the nurturing spirit of Paschke, here’s to doing our part for helping “emerging” become “established.”
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Breakout Artists 2004: Chicago’s next generation of image makers

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By Michael Workman

Artists are made to break out, break away from convention. Artists break out of limits that are personal, financial, intellectual or social, to name a few examples. Not that swimming against a current of anti-ambition bias and a Midwestern kind of bunker mentality makes their task any easier. But these nine have successfully made a break for it, activating in spectacular ways a myriad of cultural and social networks for their own artistic purposes. They’re the ones to watch for what’s next in Chicago art. Read the rest of this entry »