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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Clean-burning rock on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 10.17.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Daniel MacAdam
SHOW: Lucero at Metro on Fri 9/28
MORE INFO: crosshairchicago.com

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A manicure with mystic power on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 10.10.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Erin Page
SHOW: Arriver, Replica Republic, and Nonagon at Burlington Bar on Sat 10/13
MORE INFO: erinpageforever.com

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A vision board for your all-seeing eye on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 10.03.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Chris Day
SHOWS: Cave record-release shows for Allways at the Hideout on Sat 10/20 and Sun 10/21
MORE INFO: cchhrriissddaayy.com

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Expo Chicago 2018: See it now

Posted By on 09.29.18 at 09:56 AM

Detail of Kerry James Marshall's Rythm Mastr Daily Strip (2017), at David Zwirner's Expo Chicago booth - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Detail of Kerry James Marshall's Rythm Mastr Daily Strip (2017), at David Zwirner's Expo Chicago booth

One thing about Expo Chicago, it’s ephemeral: see the 2018 edition this weekend or not at all. 

If you do trek out to the far end of the newly upscale and jarringly sanitized Navy Pier, you'll be rewarded with a chance to walk, walk, and walk some more while perusing the offerings of 135 mostly high-end international art galleries. They include some eye-grabbing installations, like this visually bouncy basketball court by William LaChance, a Saint Louis artist here under the auspices of a London gallery, Beers. 

Detail of an installation by William LaChance at Beers London - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Detail of an installation by William LaChance at Beers London
You're also not likely to miss Ann Agee's elaborate, blue-and-white-tiled  Lake Michigan Bathroom (at the booth of New York's P.P.O.W. gallery).  Described as "an ornate monument to bodily function, public health, factory production, and the economy of water," it's complete with toilet, urinal, and sink. The Brooklyn-based artist created it during a two-year residency at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. 

Detail of Ann Agee's Lake Michigan Bathroom (1992), at P.P.O.W. - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Detail of Ann Agee's Lake Michigan Bathroom (1992), at P.P.O.W.

It's no coincidence that work by members of the Hairy Who—the subject of a big, happy, historical exhibit that opened this week at the Art Institute of Chicago—crops up at multiple booths. Corbett vs. Dempsey, for one, is showing a handsome example of Art Green's color-drenched surrealism—a 1971 painting titled Authoritative Source. And ProjectArt, which brings art classes for kids to public libraries, has a novel curatorial concept: an exhibit of childhood work by artists who are now well-known; it includes Gladys Nilsson's self-portrait at the age of 14, and an unbelievably mature piece by six-year-old Karl Wirsum.   

A Karl Wirsum self-portrait done at age six  (1945), at ProjectArt - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • A Karl Wirsum self-portrait done at age six (1945), at ProjectArt

Worth the trek all by itself:  amazing quilts by Bisa Butler, on display at the booth of New York's Clair Oliver Gallery. Butler's a Harlem-based artist so adept I wondered if her work was computer assisted. It's not.  She told me that she creates patterns from photographs, and a single quilt takes hundreds of hours' of work.  The result is like painting with fabric.

Bisa Butler, Southside Sunday Morning, at Claire Oliver Gallery - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Bisa Butler, Southside Sunday Morning, at Claire Oliver Gallery

The selfie opportunities are irresistible, even for those—like Chicago artist Abraxas Karriema Thomas—who don't usually indulge. I spotted her  joining the family in Deana Lawson's photograph Barbara and Mother at Rhona Hoffman's booth. 

Abraxas Karriema Thomas and Deana Lawson's Barbara and Mother, at Rhona Hoffman Gallery - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Abraxas Karriema Thomas and Deana Lawson's Barbara and Mother, at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

It'll all vanish after Sunday—till next year. In an announcement of partnerships on Thursday, Expo director Tony Karman said the fair will return to Navy Pier on September 19-22, 2019, when it'll coincide with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

Expo Chicago continues Saturday 9/29, 11 AM-7 PM, and Sunday, 9/30, 11 AM-6 PM, at Navy Pier. A one-day pass is $20, $15 students and seniors. On Saturday from 1 to 6 PM in the Aon Grand Ballroom, art historian and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist will conduct Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon.

Expo Chicago 2018, at Navy Pier - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Expo Chicago 2018, at Navy Pier
 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Something’s wrong with that greyhound on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 09.26.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Ryan Duggan
SHOW: Leon Bridges and Khruangbin at the Aragon Ballroom on Monday, September 24
MORE INFO: ryanduggan.com

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Ecstasy on film: Nathaniel Dorsky discusses The Arboretum Cycle, his latest work of devotional cinema, which he'd prefer you watch alone

Posted By on 09.24.18 at 06:00 AM

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  • Daniel Bogdanic
  • Nathaniel Dorsky shooting The Arboretum Cycle

This Friday at 7 PM, Northwestern University’s Block Cinema will host one of the major cinematic events of the year with the local premiere of The Arboretum Cycle (2017), a collection of seven interconnected short works by veteran avant-garde filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. One of the country's most important living film artists, Dorsky has been making meditative, generally rapturous movies since the early 1960s. He has described his practice as "devotional cinema" (he also wrote a book with that title in 2003), referring to the potential of movies to engender spiritual experiences. The Arboretum Cycle is doubtless one such experience. Shot in the San Francisco Arboretum over the course of a year, the work consists of silent shots of plant life, skies, and other natural phenomena. Dorsky's compositions are consistently inspired; eschewing wide shots, he forces viewers to lose themselves in minutiae. Last week I telephoned the filmmaker (who will attend Friday’s screening) to discuss the cycle. Our far-ranging conversation came to touch upon spirituality, the ethics of editing, and what it’s like to be a plant.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

America is a junkyard on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 09.19.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Dan Black
SHOW: Childish Gambino at United Center on Sat 9/8
MORE INFO: landland.net

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

See the world’s largest Pez sculpture on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 09.12.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Trek Matthews
SHOW: Andrew Bernstein, Timeghost & John Bender, and Kohl/Long/Clinkman at the Hideout on Wed 9/12
MORE INFO: trekmatthews.com

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

These kebabs are terrible on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 09.05.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Sarah Squirm
SHOW: Guerilla Toss, Good Willsmith, Sarah Squirm, and DJ B-Trip at Hideout on Sat 9/22
MORE INFO: sarahsquirm.tumblr.com

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

You might want to avoid the shallow end on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 08.29.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Ryan Duggan
SHOWS: Trouble in Paradise at the Empty Bottle from Thu 9/13 through Sat 9/15
MORE INFO: ryanduggan.com

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