Chicago Art Review


MiniReview: Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery by Steve Ruiz
November 29, 2009, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Chicago, MiniReview

Austin Eddy apparently hasn’t let the attention he’s received prevent him from turning corners, swapping influences, and sliding into new bodies of work. Trading trippy magic stages and Keegan McChargue for Matisse-ey interiors and Tyson Reeder, Eddy’s latest work was an intensely colorful look into work in flux. There’s something going on in painting – I’ve seen many painters starting to use traditional representative tropes like an interior or a still life as frameworks for material  investigations, exploiting the commonality and relative lack of content in such imagery over riskier abstraction, where content might be created by accident or interpretation. Eddy is apparently doing the same, demonstrating in his works some interesting uses of paint, but his interiors and flowerpots come off as more sincere, dipping here and there into narrative, and worked over with more than superficial care.

Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery

Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery

Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery

Austin Eddy, my what a glorious view you have of the milky way there pete

Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery

Austin Eddy, what next no more a/c?

Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery

Austin Eddy, still trying just as hard to hold on to the good things.

Austin Eddy @ Golden Gallery

Austin Eddy, things should only get simpler from here, right?

Austin Eddy’s i feel better already, at least i think i do runs until December 12th @ Golden Gallery, 816 W. Newport Ave, no. 1.

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Blurb: RADAR EYES @ Fardom Gallery by Steve Ruiz
November 27, 2009, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Chicago

Say Hi to Kristin Reger, a post-chicago artist who will be now and then covering Chicagoish art events in New York. Curious about the funky ad for RADAR EYES I’d seen on the back of the most recent Lumpen magazine, I asked Kristin to talk about the show, which she co-curated in New York and which featured plenty of Chicago artists.

RADAR EYES is an exhibition of “Hallucinogenic Printmaking” on view through December 30 at Fardom Gallery in New York. The traveling exhibition, brainchild of Montreal’s prolific screenprinting duo Seripop, debuted in 2008 as a curatorial collaboration with Chicago gallerist Reuben Kinkaid at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. The 2009 incarnation of the RADAR EYES features a selection from over 50 artists and includes highlights from Le Dernier Cri (France); Zeloot (Holland); Sakura Maku (New York); Danimal (Minneapolis); Xander Marro and Lief Goldberg (Providence); and Chicago’s Cody HudsonDan GrzecaSonnenzimmerDelicious Design League, and Plural.

Though almost exclusively comprised of screen prints, the exhibition brings together a range of technique and subject matter. Compare Gunsho‘s monster prints – beautifully rendered, incredibly disgusting drawings printed with exacting registration, careful color selection and more than 10 inks with different finishes – with Rasmus Svensson‘s scratchy sketches of people and animals, gratuitously layered in three or four neon inks, and purpously so far of kilter they might be better viewed with 3-D glasses. (Kristin Reger)

Check out the images below, or the Flickr gallery here.

Radar Eyes @ Fardom Gallery

Radar Eyes @ Fardom Gallery

Radar Eyes

Radar Eyes @ Fardom Gallery

Radar Eyes @ Fardom Gallery

Radar Eyes @ Fardom Gallery

For the jet set, check the show until December 2nd out at Fardom Gallery, 25-17 41st Avenue, Long Island City.

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Interview: Brennan McGaffey by Steve Ruiz
November 25, 2009, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Chicago, Interviews

Brennan McGaffey quietly maintains one of the most interesting art practices in the city of Chicago, creating interactive, mysterious urban interjections with his Intermod Series. Enjoy the interview, a Chicago Art Review first.

Tell me a little about yourself and the history and goals of the Intermod Series. What other projects were involved?

Around 1999 I realized that a shift had occurred in the way I was working and in the way it was realized and presented. It no longer had any relationship to galleries or gallery spaces but was focused instead on methods of propagation outward with unknown results. At the time I was listening to a lot of shortwave radio and began to think that the best audience imaginable was the devoted shortwave enthusiast who spends their nights glued to their kit with headphones on and a pot of coffee, listening and drawing out faint signals.

Also, around that time the Conet Project was released, which is an intense 4-disc compilation of samples of the now well-known shortwave number stations and I remember listening to it all in one sitting. Someone had to be out there listening for these, ready to record them. These were the people I wanted to interact with. Hobbyists who really cared or the similarly obsessed. Even if it meant no one else would be interested.

The resulting activities I named the Intermod Series. Intermodulation occurs when two or more signals mix generating a new or modified signal. The Intermod Series engages through creative interference. Some examples include altering the electromagnetic field surrounding the electric-power grid, FM radio and boosted CB radio transmissions, and launching rockets in the city to alter the atmosphere. Developed to have the potential for interaction, the projects are free and distributed with 1-800 numbers, embroidered patches and stickers, radio monitoring frequencies, or online forums and journals.

Brennan Mcgaffey, Utility-intertied Signal Generation & Transfer

Brennan Mcgaffey, Utility-intertied Signal Generation & Transfer

Your next event involves your KC-135 Ground Tracking Network. Could you give me a brief description of what the project is and where it came from?

The KC-135 Ground Tracking Network is a skywatch program to recruit KC-135 Stratotanker airplane spotters. Earlier this week I sent out a Spotters’ Guide in the mail to carefully selected addresses. This guide was inspired by the Airplane Spotters’ Handbooks that were distributed to the public during the Second World War and is designed to give you an introduction to spotting and show you the specific characteristics of the KC-135 airplane. Once you receive this, and decide to participate, there is an online forum where you sign-up to become a member. This forum will generate a constantly updating database that can be studied online at anytime. As a spotter, this is where you go to to discuss your findings, ask questions, post photos, and so on. Members have unlimited access to the forum and are eligible to receive an embroidered patch. The Ground Tracking Network puts eyes to the sky, monitoring and recording when others won’t. You should join!

KC-135 Ground Tracking

KC-135 Spotters Guide

Last year you showed a scale model of the KC-135 at VONZWECK, and you’ve got another event coming up as part of the KC-135 project titled Fire & Judgment which also involves a fabricated model among other things. What can we expect to see at this next event?

The members will determine how the network progresses by their participation. That’s the most important part. But in addition, there will be a one-time purging event & gathering where the activated model will be presented ‘live’ with an indeterminate outcome. This will begin at midnight on December 2nd and end permanently at 1:00 a.m. If you’re considering becoming a member or are sympathetic, this might be something worth attending. But don’t come expecting an art show. Or an art space.

Brennan McGaffey, Fire & Judgment

Brennan McGaffey, Fire & Judgment

What do you mean by “activated”? You also used the words, purging, and indeterminate outcome – should we be worried?

What you saw at the VONZWECK space was a preview. On December 2nd, it will no longer be a preview. Personally, I’m a little worried having never participated in something like this but it should reflect how you approach the event. If you engage passively to observe, you should have nothing to worry about. If you come with a more focused awareness then you should already know the risks and prepare yourself accordingly.

Brennan McGaffey, Fire & Judgment

Brennan McGaffey, Fire & Judgment

More information on Brennan McGaffey, the Intermod Series, the KC-135 Ground Tracking Network, and Fire & Judgment can be found at the Intermod Series website. You can read more about his radio projects here and here.

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Seven Artists of the Week – rebar is short for reinforcing bar by Steve Ruiz
November 25, 2009, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Artists of the Week

This week’s picks from Ryan. Happy holiday, click images for links.

Jonas Wood, Number One Draft Pick

Jonas Wood, Number One Draft Pick

David X Levine, Love Ghost

David X Levine, Love Ghost

Ub Iwerks, Cartoonist

Ub Iwerks, Cartoonist

Pheobe Washburn

Pheobe Washburn

Kevin Hooyman, One Cool Band

Kevin Hooyman, One Cool Band

Pffr

Pffr

Pheobe Unwin, Hair From Behind

Pheobe Unwin, Hair From Behind

Two Pheobes!

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Weekend Preview – Happy Birthday Britton Bertran by Steve Ruiz
November 19, 2009, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Chicago

A couple really good openings this weekend. Here’s what I’ll be trying to see:

Nicholas Frank / Joe Hardesty @ Western Exhibitions

Two text-based artists hang work this weekend at Western Exhibitions, Nicholas Frank‘s self describing biographical narrative projects and Joe Hardesty‘s self-describing drawings. Check out more info here. Both shows open with a reception this Friday, November 20th from 5 to 8 PM @ Western Exhibitions, 119 N. Peoria, Suite 2A.

Joe Hardesty, White Text Drawing

Joe Hardesty, White Wolves

SUPER BAD ASS @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Lots and lots and lots of artists are flooding the CPS for the SUPER BAD ASS show, a festival of sorts including work from Juan Angel Chavez, Dayton Castleman, Stephen Eichhorn, Aron Gent, Jeremy Tubbs, Hilary Olson, Tom Torluemke, Gunsho (James Quigley), Berry Sanders, Montgomery Perry Smith, Hui-Min Tsen (with dozens of participants), and Justin B. Williams, five live bands at the opening and a bargain basement to pillage for rent-safe artwork. Check out the this Flickr set for more images, and see the opening this Friday, November 20th from 7PM on @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan.

SUPER BAD ASS

SUPER BAD ASS

NEW BLOOD III @ Chicago Cultural Center

We get to see some new work by School of the Art Institute performance art students and graduates this weekend at the Cultural Center. New Blood III is a three night event, with performances Friday and Saturday night at 7PM and Sunday at 6PM @ Chicago Cultural Center’s Studio Theater, entrance at 77 E. Randolf St.

Millie Kapp and Isabella Ng, A Bob Ross Song, An Orson Welles Trick

Millie Kapp and Isabella Ng, A Bob Ross Song, An Orson Welles Trick

Party Crashers @ Concertina Gallery

Concertina Gallery opens Party Crashers this weekend, a group show with work centered around family and friends and the infecting intimacy created in those relationships. Artists include Dick BlauMicah LexierDutes Miller & Stan ShellabargerDavida NemeroffAnnie Pootoogook, and Carrie Schneider. Opening reception Saturday, November 21st, 7PM @ Concertina Gallery, 2351 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor.

Davida Nemeroff, What Window Light Can Do For My Dad

Davida Nemeroff, What Window Light Can Do For My Dad

Whats more!

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Seven Artists of the Week – Happy Birthday Shannon Stratton by Steve Ruiz
November 18, 2009, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Artists of the Week

Seven artists of the week, from Ryan‘s picks. Click images for links.

Bernard Frize, Insulaire Q

Bernard Frize, Insulaire Q

William Cordova, Bird in Space (for Bobby Rush)

William Cordova, Bird in Space (for Bobby Rush)

Luis Gispert

Luis Gispert

Imi Knoebel, Grace Kelly III

Imi Knoebel, Grace Kelly III

Wes Lang

Wes Lang

Neil Krug, from Bonnie Series

Neil Krug, from Bonnie Series

Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood)

Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood)

Full march!

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Future Facing @ Old Gold by Steve Ruiz
November 16, 2009, 11:45 pm
Filed under: Chicago, Openings, Reviews

With a new address, coat racks, a paneled ceiling and a floor covered in tiny stones, Old Gold has opened again with a one night show featuring the work of Aline Cautis, Josh Mannis and Andy Roche. There was the prevailing social element to the event of the kind expected at one night events, with the work itself giving a nice backdrop and throbbing beat to conversation. Check out the great video documentation below.

Mannis’s looping video collage, Variations (the source of that throb) saw the artist, dressed like a subdivision neighbor and wearing a grossly disfiguring mask, winding into digitally synchronized, then syncopated dance steps. This collaging extended to Does This System Work? #1, an infinite crowd created by edge-tracing and repeating a milling marathon. The static loop, printed on fabric (#2 was on a hat), came out more as an okay wallpaper than much else, containing all of the elements of Mannis’s video work except the best ones. The extended scope and patterning of crowd might have suggest flocking or fascist troop parades, but lacking the transformative, anxious pace of his videos, the imagery looked regular and harmless.

Old Gold

Old Gold

Roche presented two polyester hair pieces and a video titled Glass Flag. The larger and pretty awesome hair piece, Wall Do, hung like a desert island decoration, strung between edges of burlap and wood in wide synthetic grins.  The other, Red Talk, saw the hair draped over the sides of a pink, blown out drawing room photo like creepy drapery, framing the image. The result was an oddly feminized image of a very male sort of event, with the middle tone false hair adding an extra touch of unpleasant gaudiness. Glass Flag showed various views, including much of the installation space itself, while a transparent plastic sheet was danced before the camera. It was interesting to watch a video of the space I was currently occupying but which that didn’t include me, but I wasn’t sure how to connect this to the idea of a transparent flag, which served more as a disruption of the scenes than the anti-political content the clear flag could also suggest.

Future Facing @ Old Gold

Josh Mannis, Does this System Work? #1 and Andrew Roche, Glass Flag

While Aline Cautis’s paintings didn’t thrill me beyond the scratched and marked surfaces on a couple, the highlight of the show was Aline Cautis’s, 1, 2, 3, 4, which managed to bridge both video, sculpture, and drawing. The work projected 16 millimeter film, strung over a spool on the ceiling, which had been marked with thousands of small parallel lines by Cautis. These handmade lines, moving along the film loop in colored chunks, skittered on the wall when projected. It was interesting to see the same marks in motion, existing at once in two different ways on two surfaces.

Old Gold

Old Gold

One night shows are great, but I saw this one more as a welcome-back party than a full on, acutely curated exhibition. Still, the work included was solid and the pieces fit well together, even with some leaning against walls or placed on mirror ledges. I look forward to seeing something done with the fireplace.

I give it a:

SEVEN AND A THIRD

Future Facing was a one night event, held on November 13th, 2009 @ Old Gold, 2102 West Palmer.

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