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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bridgeport Hat Trick

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Gallery owner Ed Marszewski—the "king of Chicago's underground art scene," according to Paper magazine—is hosting three exhibits in two different Bridgeport spaces. "Carny," at Eastern Expansion (244 W. 31st) features more than 75 photos taken by Paul Rizzuto when he worked for carnivals around the midwest. Individually, the images look like lost snapshots of a high-school fair. Collectively, they speak to nostalgia for another America—some place simpler, sweeter, and stickier. Running through Wed 8/18, the show is visible at all hours from the street.

Meanwhile, Marszewski's Co-Prosperity Sphere is showing "Corporate Psychedelia": a collection of silk-screened prints made between 1968 and 1975 and notable for their "impossible geometrics" and "Crayola colors." Local graphic designer Jason Pickleman collected the pieces; in an accompanying text he describes how impressed he was by the evidence they give of a kaleidoscopic vision that's been neutralized. The prints, Pickleman suggests, are valuable less as artistic works than as historical markers.

Also showing at Co-Prosperity is "Entopic Phenomena," James Jankowiak's interpretations of entopic forms (visual effects that occur within an individual's eyes), created out of masking tape, mirrors, and paint. Jankowiak's work is displayed in the window.

Both "Corporate Psychedelia" and "Entopic Phenomena" run through Sat 8/14, by appointment, 3219 S. Morgan, 773-837-0145, free.

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