Tag Archives: Chicago

Heather Mekkelson. "Limited Entry" (detail). Installed at Old Gold, 2008.

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came

Columnist Caroline Picard reflects on a 2008 installation by Heather Mekkelson and the stories of disaster conveyed by the artist’s distressed objects.

Eddie Fake.

You Can’t Always Give and You Can’t Always Take | Edie Fake

You Can’t Always Give and You Can’t Always Take | Edie Fake

“Sharing what we can is how we help each other thrive on this messed up planet. It creates networks, emotional bonds, kinship, thought…”

Faheem Majeed.

“My Work Should Grow on You” | Faheem Majeed

“My Work Should Grow on You” | Faheem Majeed

“Like any sane person that is faced with a difficult life decision, I decided to go to grad school.”

Michelle Grabner, "DRAFT," Installation view. Autumn Space, 2013. Photo courtesy of Autumn Space.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Embracing the Cliché: An Interview with Michelle Grabner

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Embracing the Cliché: An Interview with Michelle Grabner

Caroline Picard interviews Michelle Grabner, artist, writer, and co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Meg Leary. "Douse the Diva" (video still), 2012. Digital video. Courtesy the artist.

Magic in Rural Southwestern Wisconsin: Meg Leary Sounds Off at ACRE Residency

Magic in Rural Southwestern Wisconsin: Meg Leary Sounds Off at ACRE Residency

Alicia Eler completes her blogging residency by interviewing two-time ACRE resident Meg Leary who “explores the corporeal body of the diva and performer.”

Jeremy Bolen. "CERN" 2013

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Center Field | The Stage of Scientific Reproduction: An Interview with Jeremy Bolen

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Center Field | The Stage of Scientific Reproduction: An Interview with Jeremy Bolen

Columnist Caroline Picard speaks with Jeremy Bolen about his photographic investigations of phenomena invisible to the human eye.

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New Bonds and Studio Space Lead to Creative Leaps: Stacia Yeapanis on Chicago’s BOLT Residency

New Bonds and Studio Space Lead to Creative Leaps: Stacia Yeapanis on Chicago’s BOLT Residency

For the penultimate post in her series on artist residencies, Alicia Eler chats with Stacia Yeapanis about a yearlong residency close to home.

Christopher Meerdo. "Keflavik, Iceland," 2012. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy the artist.

Christopher Meerdo Experiences the Icelandic Landscape Through the Body of a Decomposing Sperm Whale

Christopher Meerdo Experiences the Icelandic Landscape Through the Body of a Decomposing Sperm Whale

How did a three-month residency in Iceland and a dead whale change the work of Chicago–based artist Christopher Meerdo? Art21’s blogger-in-residence has the story.

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Transmission | An Interview with Lori Felker: amplified sprocket holes, light passing through celluloid, bumping into dirt and tape and emulsion

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Lori Felker: amplified sprocket holes, light passing through celluloid, bumping into dirt and tape and emulsion

Columnist Amelia Ishmael interviews filmmaker and performer Lori Felkner about her “amazing” piece “Light Makes Music.”

"Artist in Residence" Instagram image by Jeremy Riad / http://www.jeremyriad.com/

How Residencies Change an Artist’s Practice

How Residencies Change an Artist’s Practice

Alicia Eler kicks off her blogging residency with some words about the role of residencies in artist’s lives.

Diagram of Conversation with artist Andrea Sodomka,
Vienna, 8/9/2012

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 2)

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 2)

Part two of Georgia Kotretsos’s interview with Chicago–based artist, writer, editor, professor, and curator Adelheid Mers.

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 1)

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 1)

Georgia Kotretsos chats with Chicago–based artist, writer, editor, professor, and curator Adelheid Mers.

Candida Alvarez, mambomountain, panoramic installation view, courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center, photo by Tom van Eynde.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield: Art in the Middle | Mashed Up and Shredded into Space: An Interview with Candida Alvarez

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield: Art in the Middle | Mashed Up and Shredded into Space: An Interview with Candida Alvarez

Caroline Picard poses four questions to artist Candida Alvarez whose paintings are currently on view at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

Ellen Nielsen, "Spectacle Box", 2007. Sequins, pins, wood, glass, velvet, 9" x 18" x 3". Courtesy of the artist.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Afterimage: An Interview with Dahlia Tulett-Gross and Thea Liberty Nichols

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Afterimage: An Interview with Dahlia Tulett-Gross and Thea Liberty Nichols

Caroline Picard talks with Dahlia Tulett-Gross and Thea Liberty Nichols about some of the visual legacies between two Chicago generations in the exhibition “Afterimage,” held last summer at the DePaul Art Museum.

"Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art." Curated by

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | The Best in Food-Art 2012

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | The Best in Food-Art 2012

Writers Megan Fizzel and Andrew Russeth join Nicole Caruth for a look at the year’s best food-art projects.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Lynda Benglis in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Lynda Benglis in the Elementary Classroom

Sharing contemporary art is a wonderful way to generate questions and discussions about art, and in turn, motivate young artists to take risks with their own art making.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Guest Bloggers This Week: Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Guest Bloggers This Week: Teaching with Contemporary Art

This week I am pleased to say that the Teaching with Contemporary Art column some guest bloggers…
Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott are both alumni of the Art21 Educators program and teach elementary art education at Scott and Westdale Elementary Schools in Melrose Park and Northlake near Chicago. Their work has been inspiring to all of us here at Art21 for the past two years, especially since they are finding ways to work with contemporary art and engage some very young students in the process.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | The Past Lives of Books

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | The Past Lives of Books

Caroline Picard on the many forms that textual marginalia may take.

Charles Ray, "Hinoki," 2007. © 2007 Charles Ray. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Flash Points

The Undead Tree of Charles Ray

Flash Points

The Undead Tree of Charles Ray

Caroline Picard looks at Charles Ray’s “Hinoki” and asks, how does this sculpture–a reproduction of a fallen redwood tree–tell a story about survival, time, nature and humanity?

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Two Histories of the World: Part Two

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Two Histories of the World: Part Two

Caroline Picard looks at “Two Histories of the World,” a two-part exhibition taking place at two different venues and at two different points in time.

Matt Hanner. 2002.

Evolution (the whole point of no return*)

Evolution (the whole point of no return*)

Stephen Lacy winds up his guest blog series with an ode to friendship and to a lost friend, the artist Matt Hanner.

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ON TO DISCIPLINE (my head is my only house unless it rains*)

ON TO DISCIPLINE (my head is my only house unless it rains*)

Stephen Lacy continues his guest blog series looking back at his experience as an artist-in-residence at The Good Hatchery in Ireland with a meditation on discipline and the surprising forms it can take.

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Distances Can Be Deceiving

Distances Can Be Deceiving

Recalling his experiences while on residency in Ireland, artist and guest blogger Stephen Lacy muses on the relation of introspection, distance and time.

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Mining the Local: Ya Dig? (While on Residency in Ireland)

Mining the Local: Ya Dig? (While on Residency in Ireland)

Artist Stephen Lacy, who recently returned from a residency at The Good Hatchery in Ireland, will reflect on that experience during his two-week blogger-in-residence stint.

Stephen Lacy, Artist and Educator.

New Guest Blogger: Stephen Lacy, Artist, Chicago

New Guest Blogger: Stephen Lacy, Artist, Chicago

Stephen Lacy, an artist who helms Academy Records in Chicago, is the Art21 Blog’s newest writer-in-residence.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #16: Review-o-Rama

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #16: Review-o-Rama

The Bad at Sports team is back with another podcast filled with irreverent reviews and discussions about the latest art events taking place in Chicago.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

A Year of Contemporary Art in (and out of) Contemporary Classrooms

Teaching with Contemporary Art

A Year of Contemporary Art in (and out of) Contemporary Classrooms

This is part two of a three part series that will share the experiences of three Art21 Education staff members (Jessica Hamlin, Joe Fusaro, and Flossie Chua) after spending a year with a group of 16 incredible teachers. Each of us has a unique perspective on the past twelve months and this series will ruminate on what it means to teach with contemporary art, specifically contextualized by our experiences this year working with the Art21 Educators program.

Tosa Mitsuoki, "Autumn Maples with Poem Slips", c.1675. Image: artic.edu

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Home Away

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Home Away

I wonder what it means when you feel at home somewhere else? Six years ago I spent a few weeks during the month of July at the School of the …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The “I” and the “We”

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The “I” and the “We”

Chiara Galimberti argues that the artist’s identification with others, particularly working class people, is essential during these times of vast economic inequality.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #15: “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)”

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #15: “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)”

This month’s podcast features a discussion with artists Pamela Fraser and John Neff about color in art: how do artists use color? How do viewers experience it?

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #14: The New Art Examiner, Re-Examined

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #14: The New Art Examiner, Re-Examined

A discussion with editor Terri Griffith about “The Essential New Art Examiner,” an anthology of writings from Chicago’s only major art periodical, which folded in 2002.

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Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take One)

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take One)

Jamilee Polson Lacy looks at intertextuality–the intrinsic relation of words and images–in the writings of Italo Calvino and works by several contemporary artists.

Dmitry Samarov  "No Tank"  sumi ink on paper   2008

Pictures of Chicago

Pictures of Chicago

Guest blogger Dmitry Samarov looks at several websites devoted to archival images of old Chicago, along with another that documents the city’s filmic portrayals.

Dmitry Samarov  "The Mess I've Made"  oil on linen   2010

Moving In

Moving In

Artist Dmitry Samarov finds that moving into a new home can be a source of fresh inspiration.

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Fictionalized

Fictionalized

What happens when an artist’s real-life experiences are fictionalized for television? Dmitry Samarov reflects on the differences between art and reality.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Talking to the Moon

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Talking to the Moon

Silence speaks volumes in the work of artist Katie Paterson as well as in Theater Oobleck’s stage performance of “The Hunchback Variations.”