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Saturday, January 31, 2015

The dream of the 90s is alive in Pilsen

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Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.


I spotted Paula Nacif and Christine Janokowicz during an evening of audiovisual performances filled with SAIC students and low-tech/high-concept works at the new Pilsen art gallery 1-800-SPACE, founded by Paula and her roommate Maggie Harrington. The 90s definitely appeal to this generation of artists—someone even used Comic Sans during their presentation—and you could see it in their outfits. I think we tend to be fascinated with the decade during which we were kids, which Paula proves by stating that she loves to "make stuff that has a kind of childlike element of curiosity or spontaneity." Right now she's inspired by Party City and fruity popsicles that have chewing gum in the center. I love her pairing of yellow and black gingham, and the pearly white Nikes. Her BFF Christine—who has been featured in Street View before—always looks incredibly on point, balancing basic, comfortable garments with statement pieces such as her Mickey Mouse jacket and NBA hat. The result is a perfect sporty/girlie mix, topped off with her cool round frames. Both of them will be showing their work this Saturday at "g(URL)_FREAX," an event composed of "live performances, video screenings, and an installation of web works by 20 female and queer-identified Chicago-based and international artists”. More information here.

Paula Nacif

Christine Janokowicz

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