The walls of Phaiz have been transformed by graffiti artist Jersey Joe Rime. Rime’s letter styling has brought him recognition in and beyond the graffiti world, and the word “Chicago” stands out high and proud on the east wall. Just below the city name and not to be overshadowed, looms a massive, detailed vagina. The giant vag seems artistically appropriate and gratifyingly accurate, not crass. Though Rime’s roots are in the graffiti style he also creates fine art and apparel designs. Phaiz is a boutique where “fashion and art collide” and Rime’s artistic backdrop sets the tone for the presentation of visiting designers’ screen print ensembles and hand-crafted jewelry. Rime’s instillation is certainly something to see if you’re in the area. (Rachel Turney)
Through September 14 at Phaiz, 673 N. Milwaukee Ave., (312) 226-9070.