Art Seen: Chicago

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // NORA SCHULTZ

by Hiba Ali In the Renaissance Society’s current exhibition of Nora Schultz, parrottree – building for bigger than real, the extendable and retractable poles of tripods construct a type of second architecture for the space. Sounds of birds commingle with traces of the Peregrine Falcon and monk parakeets. Presented in collaboration with Andy Ortmann, the[…]

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS // THE PRODUCTION LINE OF HAPPINESS

by Alexandra Kadlec A cutaway dissection of a Nikon camera; a cluster of dewy bright red apples; a close-up of a Death Feigning Beetle on its back. These are a few of the composed images within Christopher Williams: the Production Line of Happiness, currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Derived from a[…]

WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN // MCA CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi William J. O’Brien’s first survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago displays an evolved style of intuitive art making, while maintaining a deliberate attitude of effortlessness. From crude pencil drawings, to tediously appliqued fiber creations and overworked mixed media sculptures – utilizing an exceptional variety of medium and style –[…]

ARTURO HERRERA // CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY

by Shreya Sethi Arturo Herrera has always been interested in how his artworks are “read.” As an artist dealing primarily in the medium of collage, he articulates a language that is able to combine different elements, and therefore say multiple things simultaneously. The artist is aware, however, that in the visual world, images are nonetheless[…]

Paul Cowan // Parallel Processing

by Stephanie Cristello – Originally published on New American Paintings – Generosity is rarely immediately questioned when viewing an exhibition for the first time. It is often a given in the work, in many ways expected, though it is not to be underestimated. In his current exhibition on view at Shane Campbell, Parallel Processing, local[…]

THE WAY OF THE SHOVEL // MCA CHICAGO

by Ruslana Lichtzier The concern with uncharted, muted, and invisible histories has been apparent on a global art platform since the early 2000s. That is the proposal given to us by The Way Of The Shovel: Art as Archeology, which opened early this November at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – a carefully composed[…]

GALLERY 400 // IT’S THE POLITICAL ECONOMY, STUPID

by Alexandra Kadlec Art rarely provides answers, but rather questions, confronts, and challenges its audience. Often, it is done subtly – and at other times, it is in an emphatic, booming voice. Such is the case in Money to Burn, a videotaped performance shown as part of Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette’s co-curated exhibition, It’s[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // MATTHEW SCHLAGBAUM

An Interview with MK Meador This year has been a busy one for artist Matthew Schlagbaum. His recent exhibitions in 2013 were with the West Loop artist collective, and the Chicago Artists Coalition, where Schlagbaum was a 2012/2013 HATCH artist. Through CAC, Schlagbaum met fellow artist Helen Maureen Cooper and was selected for a June[…]

THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY // SUICIDE NARCISSUS

by Ruslana Lichtzier The current exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Suicide Narcissus, deals with the overwhelming threats of climate change. Curated by Hamza Walker, and featuring works by eight European and South American artists; its theme is not one of recent exception. The environmental trend began to gain its exhibitionist popularity[…]

EXPO VIDEO // RECAP

by Patrick G. Putze Often, the true meaning of presented media does not necessarily sink in right away. This was the case with the video installation at EXPO this past September, curated by Dean Otto, Program Manager for the Film & Video Department at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The curated selection of moving[…]

CAC // THE TERRESTRIAL, THE CELESTIAL, AND THE IMAGINED IN BETWEEN

by Stephanie Cristello While walking through the current exhibition, The Terrestrial, The Celestial, and the Imagined In Between, organized by HATCH curator-in-residence MK Meador at Chicago Artists Coalition, one can’t help but look out the window and wonder what materials close by – leaves, plants, and other commonplace natural ephemera – might have stood in for the[…]

NEWCITY // EXPANDING INTERNATIONALLY

by Stephanie Cristello Newcity,  what many of us know as Chicago’s only cultural weekly, and one of the more ubiquitous and vernacular local art news outlets, has always represented more than just our city. Started by Brian and Jan Hieggelke in 1986 as a neighborhood newspaper, the publishers soon expanded their interests to include leadership[…]