A young artist featured at the MCA this month has style to spare. But whatever happened to substance?
Fifteen young artists keep it light but not lame.
Four local women have developed their own breed of psychedelia–and it’s the good stuff.
Benjamin Chickadel’s decorative art has ideas.
The punishment for taking photographs in Iran without official permission can be as severe as imprisonment and torture. But the organizer of “Hejab Exposition”–Iranian-American Amir Normandi–was perhaps more at risk than the Iranian students he asked to take the pictures: Normandi was the one who smuggled some 500 images out of the country. Occasionally hiding […]
Pop art created the potential for interaction between fine art, street art, and commercial design. Chicago artist Cody Hudson continues the tradition of combining cultural legitimacy, transgression, and fashion appeal, acting as a one-man factory generating posters, CD covers, T-shirts, installations, stickers, and snowboards; naturally he’s appeared in Giant Robot magazine, the clearinghouse for avant-garde […]
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky Question: What would you say to a band that’s just starting out on the rock scene today? Cliff Burton, former Metallica bassist: Quit! Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a new documentary currently showing at 3 Penny, teaches us that heavy metal isn’t just […]
Horst Janssen at the Chicago Cultural Center, through August 1 “Painting is dead” was the rallying cry of a generation now safely tenured. Still, traditional work is apt to attract little notice. Matted, framed, and placed under glass, drawings rendered in art-class materials like pastels, watercolors, and colored pencils are likely to evoke the outdoor […]
Robyn O’Neil at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through April 24 David Schutter at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through April 24 David Crawford: Stop Motion Studies on the Internet Robyn O’Neil is a trained artist who cultivates a “naive” style, rendered at a stunning level of precision. In her sparsely populated, somewhat surreal snowscape drawings at Bodybuilder and […]
Khanate at the Empty Bottle, March 24 Grief used to be a big part of pop music: Bessie Smith, Roy Orbison, the Shirelles, Hank Williams, Smokey Robinson, Black Sabbath. Yep, Black Sabbath. Early Sabbath songs bitterly mourned the godless vapidity of the modern world, often at an appropriately funereal tempo. And though adrenaline- and testosterone-fueled […]
Daniel Barrow at ThreeWalls, through March 19 A few years ago I spent an hour at a UIC graduate-student show at Gallery 400 that made me feel I was shopping at some boutique in heaven. What pulled me in was a video installation by Kirsten Stoltmann, Boys and Flowers, featuring slow-motion footage of attractive art-scene […]