Constantly Consuming Culture--The Art Show concluded a month or so ago. But artist Gretchen Hasse took some nice photos of the event we wanted to share.
We are currently planning a show with most of these same artists (and some others) in Miami. Details on this will be coming soon.
This show was a well-attended fun event where some art was sold and many connections were made.
Just a few images from the show. It was a great night and I would like to thank everyone for showing up, everyone who helped out and, especially, and especially the artists.
For the folks who pledged for the preview. It is going to be a wee late (ie after the preview). Events conspired. But it will be up tomorrow. If you like a piece that sold? We can talk to the artists about similar pieces.
More will post soon!...
Before the show....
So Constantly Consuming Culture--The Art Show, is fast approaching. The opening is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday September 7, 2013 (but I wouldn't be shocked if it went later). Refreshments will be served. Music will be played by Joe Wallace of turntabling.net and musician Tim Larson.
At the show we will have a series of individual raffles. You can drop your name into a jar and we will pull it out and you can win a variety of awesome prizes. Among these are floats from Chicago's SPACE TIME TANKS, free unique vinyl LPs from TURNTABLING.NET, a personalized encaustic painting by participating artist, Elyse Martin, free music from PROJEKT RECORDS. There may be some other things I am forgetting too. Be there and enter!
You can also check out audio interviews with artist John Airo HERE, with Gretchen Hasse/Mikey Peterson HERE and, on Wednesday September 4, 2013 at 7 central time with Elyse Martin and Julia Hamilton HERE.
Please drop by if you are in Chicago on Saturday.
The artists being shown at Constantly Consuming Culture--The Art Show all have some work shown below. There are also brief, individual pieces on the artists in this section of the website. The event is sponsored by Mapanare.us and the Bolden Family Foundation.
The opening night soiree takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 222 N. Desplaines St (NW corner of Desplaines and Lake, downstairs in the Robert Bills Contemporary space--the gallery isn't connected to this show). The show will be up until the following Friday.
Artists include; John Schedler, Julia Hamilton, John Airo, Elyse Martin, Serena Toxicat, Gretchen Hasse and Mez Data. The pieces below are not necessarily going to be in the show (some will be).
All artists currently reside in the Chicago area except Toxicat (San Francisco) and Data (Austin, TX).
You can "join" the event on Facebook HERE.
Walking Distance, Across The Street From Golgotha and Necklace by Gretchen Hasse.
By Elyse Martin
Four pieces by John Airo including the piece used for our postcard and poster and one depicting the Hancock Building.
By Julia Hamilton
By John Schedler
John Schedler started painting as a youngster-- in1 1986. He began with realism (always a good place to start). In recent years he has brought more abstraction into his work and says he has gotten "looser."
Says Schedler--"I don't have a specific style but I am trying to get away from being realistic to being more stylized.
Schedler, I understand, has also done some sculpture which isn't surprising considering the form in this small watercolor. It looks like a cat sculpture in a way.
Mikey Peterson, Video Artist, From Chicago At Constantly Consuming Culture--The Art Show, September 7-12
Mikey Peterson recenty showed his videos at the Lucca Film Festival in Italy. His work has also been shown at the Video Art And Experimental Film Festival at Tribeca in NYC, StreeTVideoart in Paris, the Chicagoo Cultural Center, Smart Museum (University of Chicago) and many more.
He will show selections from his work via projection. You can see Peterson's work, at his website, HERE.
Check out his video, Stranger Leaves, via Vimeo below.
Mez Data (also sometimes known as Mez One) out of Austin Texas is a street artist from Austin Texas.
You can hear what he has to say out of his own mouth in the video below. He talks about graffiti as art. This isn't from the perspective of an art historian but someone who does the art.
Elyse Martin creates haunting encaustic paintings and unique abstracts. She is a Chicago-based artist who is also an educator. She teaches art at Jordan Community School in the city. Martin’s work has appeared in numerous juried art exhibits and she has won local and national art competitions.
Her encaustic work uses photo transfer, paint and encaustic to create powerful psychological personal landscapes. Her abstract works tend to be more colorful than the encaustic pieces but retain the haunting quality of the encaustic pieces. Using the term “haunting” here is not an indication of any darkness. Perhaps “magical” might be a more apt term.
For more on Martin head to her website, elysemartin.com.
In addition to being an artist Julia Hamilton is a talented make-up artist. She is also one of the very specific inspirations to do this show.
I saw her work and thought she had taken skulls, bones and made something very different and special. Sure, others have used skulls and bones in their art but hers struck me as original. These pieces are not about "shock value"..."oooh look I made art out of BONES." They use bones to create aesthetically pleasing pieces, pieces that are neither macabre nor gruesome. They tend to be beautiful in fact.
Hamilton is also the proprietor of Pretty Windy City, a mobile artistry team working in make-up. They do airbrush make-up for weddings and more. Make-up as art is a completely unexplored territory. We have had grafitti, once seen as a crime, turned into art and tattoo artists, once reviled, now have shows in prestigious museums and galleries. Art comes from everywhere and creating art based on the intimate knowledge of make up? It is incredibly intriguing.
Gretchen Hasse not only designed the postcards and posters she is one of the artists being shown at Constantly Consuming Culture--The Art Show. You can check out the sort of work she will be showing HERE and HERE.
These specific pieces are not in the exhibit but they give you an idea of what Hasse's work is like. She is a video artist, she draws, she paints, she does collages and mixed media.
From Hasse's website--"My inspiration includes travel journals, videos that I produce for social justice groups, and life lessons that take a really long time to learn.
I frequently incorporate recycled materials into my two dimensional work, and I am beginning to draw on my own considerable catalog of older work for ideas and elements in multimedia."