The Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus - hunt mainly at dusk and dawn and most often use the "sit and wait" tactic to drop down onto prey on the ground from low hunting perches. All text from www.owlpages.com
Above: Hand of History (Ode to John Heartfield)
oil on canvas, 21.5 x 43 inches
Below: Artist Peter Otto
Exhibition: The Lodger
March 7 - April 9, 2010
3039 West Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
Exhibition facilitated by Cultural Services in the USA / Consulate General of the Netherlands and Materiaalfonds, Amsterdam
Adam Ekberg @ Thomas Robertello
In the between
December 11, 2009 - February 6, 2010
939 W. Randolph, Chicago
"Born in 1975, Adam Ekberg resides in Chicago and graduated the School of the Art Institute's MFA Photography program in 2006." thomasrobertello.com adamekberg.com/home.html
Photography: Reflecting on the experience of the "first" weekend in the new art year, it seemed good to compare and contrast the work of Leasha Overturf and Doug Ischar. Overturf, at The Family Room Gallery, presented black and white [still] film documentation of the bodies of her female family members: chronicling change across the generations.
Ischar too offered documentary work--but his subjects were male, and his prints in color. Further, Ischar's candid models suggested only the flower of a certain species of manhood. So that while his handling was Mannerist, his study was of something like unto a Greek ideal: mind and body fully developed, then fallen one sun-drenched day into Elysium.
Time, in Ischar's work, was frozen. Twenty-five years having passed since the shutter was released: What became of the men depicted?
Doug Ischar @ Golden:
816 W. Newport, Chicago, IL 60657
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1pm - 6pm
And by appointment: 773-209-8889
In the unstructured dialogue between the antipodes of Overturf and Ischar--b/w and color, the passage of time and the moment, Downstate Illinois and Chicago, female and male, straight and gay--something near to the whole of the story is told.
Technically, these two are at the top of their game; they are mature artists. I thought that they were the "best" of what I saw on the opening weekend.
And a good curator might easily "say" a lot about the human condition with a juxtaposition of the two.
But, more often than not, in the effort to advance one cause, or career, omissions are made with as much care as lies are told.
Above: Tirtza Even and Toby Millman @ Spoke
August 7-22, 2009
119 N. Peoria #3D
Chicago, IL 60607
Saturdays 11am-5pm, or by appointment
"Tirtza Even and Toby Millman each translate their experiences of personal encounters in Palestine into 3-D animations and cut paper works, spanning moments between 1998 and 2008." spokechicago.blogspot.com
Above: Public Works Group Show @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Public Works includes Chris Eichenseer, Justin Fines, Cody Hudson, Andy Mueller
July 31 - August 29, 2009
835 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago IL 60607
Tuesday-Friday, 11-6; Saturday, 11-5
Renee Shaw @ Logsdon Gallery
July 10 - August 1, 2009
1909 S. Halsted St.
Summer Residents: Women in Performance
CamLab, Gitte Bog, Susan Lee-Chun, Kang-hyun Ahn
June 15th - August 30th, 2009
119 N. Peoria #2d
Chicago, IL 60607
"threewalls will host a group of talented emerging women working in performance this summer for our first thematic residency. Artists will be live and work thoughout Chicago, co-hosted by other organizations. Look for performances, site specific projects and other events through-out Chicago during their stay, including our yearly symposium which will extend the conversation about performance art to our yearly panel and publication." www.three-walls.org/blog/ www.susanleechun.com
Steven Husby in
Pop Sizzle Hum: Pamela Fraser, Carrie Gundersdorf, Steven Husby, Judy Ledgerwood
June 12 - July 31, 2009
Tony Wight Gallery
119 North Peoria Street, #2C, Chicago
Ryan Gander in
Lewis Baltz, Troy Brauntuch, Manon de Boer, Paul Dickinson, Ryan Gander, Geissler and Sann, Gran Fury, C.M. von Hausswolff, Harold Mendez, Jonty Semper, Harry Shearer
April 26 - June 07, 2009
The Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418, Chicago
Myth in Material @ Alogon Gallery
Elizabeth Chodos curates: Ryan Fenchel, Rebecca Gordon, Mathew Paul Jinks, Stacie Johnson, and Michael Ruglio-Misurell
Myth in Material
April 18-30, 2009
1049 N. Paulina 3R [entry on Cortez], Chicago, IL
The "In the Factory" series brings you an interview with Chicago's great photographer Dawoud Bey as he discusses his career as an artist, working with high school students and his exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey.
Above: The Culmination, 2007, oil on canvas, 48" x 72" inches
Nicole Gordon @ Linda Warren
April 3 - May 9, 2009
Artist talk on April 18th, 2 pm
1052 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Judith Brotman @ threewalls
April 3 - May 8, 2009
Artist talk on April 23rd, 6pm
119 n. peoria #2d, Chicago, IL 60607
Sheba Chhachhi @ Walsh Gallery
Winged Pilgrims and Other Creatures
March 27 - April 25, 2009
118 N. Peoria Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
"Scott Stack (b. 1952) lives in Oak Park, IL and received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1976..." "Stack expands the conceptual reaches of his investigation of night vision surveillance..."
March 20 - April 25, 2009
118 North Peoria
Chicago, IL 60607
As Lisa Hunter, the Intrepid Art Collector reports, "here's a treat for serious collectors: Juliana Beasley, heir apparent to Toulouse-Lautrec, is having a holiday print sale. She's selling four images from her series "Last Stop: Rockaway Park" in a nice size (18x18) for $250 to $300.
These images were shown at Freize and are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. But you don't need to read her CV to know that Beasley's the real deal. This holiday edition is limited to 15 prints, so don't dawdle."
The image is "Leopard Lady" by Juliana Beasley. See her website for more images.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
A show of 40+ photographs opens Friday, June 13 at Medicine Park (Chicago Avenue at Washtenaw) and runs through July 9. Friday's opening reception begins at 8 with dj Lauri Apple spinning. Details and a sample below...
Yes, we can also point out and extol the virtues of artists we admire.
One of the greatest treasures Chicago has is the photographer Dawoud Bey.
Bey was one of my surprise discoveries last year when I was in the Chicago Art Fair. He came to my booth, we talked, I found him very interesting. Back at Wesley's where I was staying, I googled him, my favorite spy tactic. I was amazed at how outstanding his photos were! I had suspected that he would be a good artist, but here I was presented with a great one. His works unite a strong humanism (that disgraced word) with striking formal qualities in service of an art at once aesthetically challenging, sociological (in the best sense) and personal. And all that depth is carried lightly, under a mantel of (seemingly) direct image making.
In 1811, near the end of his life, poet, ornithologist, naturalist and illustrator Alexander Wilson named this common North American warbler after observing it for the first time in the branches of a Mississippi magnolia tree. This bird, which breeds in spruce trees near the Canadian border of the United States and in Canada, is commonly called the Black and Yellow Warbler.
A kind of woodpecker, the yellow bellied sapsucker harvests sap from trees for food, as well as the insects the sap they tap attracts. The holes these birds make appear as unmistakable horizontal lines of dots that can illustrate the entire trunk of a tree. They manage the trees they use, like any conscientious user of natural resources.
I photographed so much, that I can't make sense of everything yet. But, the churches were the most comforting. The child mannequin and projector came along for the trip, smashed in a suitcase. Fortunately, no problems with airport security, at least in Chicago...
This building is scheduled to close at the end of February or early March. Not that I'm one who cares to shop, but the vacant spaces are looking quite wonderful. I'm hoping to bring the mannequins in after everything is out.
Sorry, I have been a little busy with life lately, and have neglected my baby SHARKS.
I do promise to have a more pulled together post for next time,
but here is just a bit of what's been going down in my life...a tiny bit....
A show of 39 recent photographs will be at Atomix Cafe,
1957 West Chicago, through November, and will be part of Saturday's
"East/West" Ukrainian Village art walk. "Chicago 1900-1959 West"
is comprised mostly of pictures taken on the 1900 block of West Chicago Avenue,
and are part of a larger project capturing daily life in the neighborhood.
While it's true that Rob Miller's accounting of his time in New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity brings home the horrifying disaster of government waste and incompetence, there's nothing quite like a professional photographer to really put you right there on the scene.
Opening this Friday, September 1 at The Architrouve in Chicago is the riveting work of New Orleans photographer and photo dealer Joshua Mann Pailet. Snapshots of the show can be viewed at The Architrouve's web site, and the opening for the show will begin at 5:00 PM.
For more information visit The Architrouve's web site, or contact them directly.
1433 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Open Tuesday Through Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM by appointment only.
These are kinda out-takes. Third or fourth drafts. Maybe.
Do you think these are bad?
I don't think Chrysta Bell and I can take BAD photographs. Books full of beauty. Heart.
Cigar. Chango's. Empty Grocery Store. Municipal Building. Big Lots®. Retail Strip Center......
CB has been creating music with one of my heroes,
Two of my favorite movies are THE WIZARD OF OZ & BLUE VELVET.
When David Lynch made WILD AT HEART, I wondered if he had made it just for me....
Chrysta Bell has been my muse* for a full decade, and I thank my lucky stars for that !
She is my muse* of all muses. She gets it. Gets me.
Jeez, I hope to offend someone with this "title" as I did a few weeks back....
This is some art from before the ownership of digital cameras.....
Very random, arted & with LOVE !!!!!!!
I hope to be back with some NEW SHIT, next week.............
Sara Hickman is my sister, angel, muse, hero, friend.
Sara has been known to go to department stores,
buy up a bunch of blankets
and take them personally to the homeless during the cold Winter nights.
She is also very involved in numerous charities and human rights issues...
Is a very hands on mom....
She loves to still write letters to the people she loves, in this age of e-mails.....
She is also one hell of a writer, singer & guitarist!
Sara has a new DOUBLE CD out JUNE 20, 2006.
It is a great CD and has a moody disc and a happy disc to fit you either way.
So here is a motherload of photos from our recent years as friends.
Tokyo based photographer Rikki Kasso has several regularly updated blogs online. Tokyo Undressed is one of these projects. In the tradition of Araki Nobuyoshi, Rikki juxtaposes 'typical' snapshots with highly sexualized photographs to create a compelling emotional tension.
These are images from May 2006.
The people you see here are part of my Austin family.
"Google" the ones that don't have links....
I am not being lazy. There are just alot more interesting things about them when you do a search.
Even if her name isn’t familiar, her photographs are. Roberta Bayley’s photographs of the early New York punk scene have a wonderful ubiquitous quality. Sure, her pictures have appeared in magazines ranging from the original Punk magazine to Rolling Stone, and on album covers for artists such as The Ramones and Richard Hell. But Roberta’s images have also traveled beyond the usual print media outlets. For years now, her work has graced T-shirts for sale on St. Marks Place and most recently has appeared on the high-rent walls at Mary Boone Gallery. These pictures have a life of their own, surfacing here and there to remind us of a music scene that influenced so many but was witnessed by only a fortunate few.
The ghosts won’t come to rest. For months, I’ve culled their mythology, steeped it in Chicago history and flashes of abrupt beauty. Close my eyes—their tale dodges me. Open my eyes? I see the passways of their restless circling. I frame and then run as the image materializes.
Every year in October the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents Chicago Artists’ Month. Various cultural institutions and galleries partner with the city of Chicago to offer exhibitions, open studios, demonstrations, workshops, neighborhood art walks, and a variety of additional events in art communities throughout the city.
Chicago is steeped in the atmosphere for a ghost story I've spent months on. If it's all there, in the turn of the head or blink of an eye, then why should it be anything but a joy to turn images into the words that will prompt the making of a story?
This is why i try my hardest to move forward.
This is electricity.
In the coming weeks, I will bring you photos of musicians (sometimes FAMOUS),
actors, artists...people who inspire me.
My goal here is to show you some of the people who make my life as a photographer interesting.
I hope you enjoy this, as I know that I will enjoy bringing it to you, the viewer!
Open the door now./ Go roll up the collar of your coat/ To walk in the changing scarf of mist.
Tell your sins here to the pearl fog/ And know for once a deepening night/ Strange as the half-meanings/ Alurk in a wise woman's mousey eyes.
Yes, tell your sins/ And know how careless a pearl fog is/ Of the laws you have broken wrote Carl Sandburg in a pome he called "Pearl Fog."
“There’s no YOU CAN’T in Vegas”, well at least that’s what the monorail ad says. So I decided to walk away from “the strip” towards a potential vegetarian / vegan friendly eatery. After receiving two signs that I should turn back, I realized “I Couldn’t”. The first sign was a strong smell of weed and the second a couple of methed out gentlemen. I didn’t feel the need to find out what my 3rd sign would be; if any. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but I’d prefer to label it aware.