SOUNDSUITS BY NICK CAVE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based artist Nick Cave is widely acclaimed for his exuberant “Soundsuits”—wearable sculptural forms based on the human body, intricately composed out of a vibrant assortment of second-hand materials.

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Simultaneously sculptures, costumes, and musical instruments, the Soundsuits are meant for motion. Cave and other dancers wear them, transforming them into transfixing blurs of color and sound for performances and video works. Contemplated on mannequins, the Soundsuits seem to embody the full range of human emotions. Some, covered with a pelt of dyed twigs with baskets for heads, resonate sadness; others, composed of a crazy array of colorful blankets or thrift-store tchotchkes, burst with joy and humor.

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FLESHY AND GLOOPY CHARACTERS BY GREGORY JACOBSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago artist and musician Gregory Jacobsen chooses to render in his awkward acrylic, confidently sensual world flags in butts, shit beaks, and fleshy chunks of meat caught in seemingly intimate moments.

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The candy-coated colors draw the viewer in, only to confront them with a heap of labia coupled with mangy flesh slabs in a chunky meat heap, or a cheery young girl toppled over with a flag stuck in her vagina, a voyeuristic pig smirking behind her. The viewer doesn’t exactly know how to feel, confronted with these awkward, intimate affairs rendered in unsuspecting hues, an effect Jacobsen is after.

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Much like the piles of fleshy, gloopy shapes that walk a fine line between vagina and open wound, the exact purpose of his work is difficult to pin down. Obsessed with failure, ambiguity, and comedic tragedy, Jacobsen appears to care for the characters he creates without fetishizing them.

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TRIPPY COMICS BY BEN MARCUS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago-based artist, Ben Marcus makes comics that feel inspired by all things trippy, alien, and David Bowie. His favorite manga is Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. His comic has a particular clarity in the line work because he wants the reader to keep track of the plot. Clean and clear language for dramatic and poetic purposes.

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“The proportions of the facial features is important to me and I draw and re-draw them. Too many times. I wanted my characters to have a contemplative complexity to them. A depth of consciousness that a sense of animation is born of.  I drew everything by hand and scanned it and added the half-tones in photoshop.” Ben Marcus

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STORYTELLING BY KERRY JAMES MARSHALL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kerry James Marshall uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon, and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics.

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“It is possible to transcend what is perceived to be the limitations of a race-conscious kind of work. It is a limitation only if you accept someone else’s foreclosure from the outside. If you plumb the depths yourself, you can exercise a good deal of creative flexibility. You are limited only by your ability to imagine possibilities.” – Kerry James Marshall

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Muddy Waters Mural in Chicago | KOBRA

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago.

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (1)

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (2)

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (3)

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (4)
 

HARMONY: BEN EINE’S LATEST MURAL IN CHICAGO

by Ariadna Zierold

Ben Eine has been in Chicago this past week to open his show, “The Great Western” with Sickboy and Word To Mother. While in town he’s been busy, getting up a giant mural in the city’s Wabash Arts Corridor’ while also finding time to do a few shutters.

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For the massive mural on East Congress Street Eine chose “HARMONY”, which is fitting as the show opened the same weekend as the Lollapalooza music festival.

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JOEY GARFIELD, ‘The sound of Never’ Opening Saturday, May 18th at SILO ART SPACE

Award winning filmmaker and artist, Joey Garfield (who co-directed ‘The Run Up‘- a documentary series produced by Upper Playground) is opening a show in Chicago at the Silo Art Space. The show titled, The Sound of Never is described by Garfield as the following:

“Music, attitude and simplicity is constant in my work, the repurposing of wood and found objects keeps me grounded. I love the snap, crackle, and pop of vinyl when it played or even broken. By organizing and remixing the vinyl shapes in my art, it allows me to celebrate the old school while keeping it all new.”

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SOUND OF NEVER Opening Reception May 18, 2013. Running dates: May 18 – May 28. For additional info contact siloartspace@gmail.com

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Co-Directed by Joey Garfield and Shaun Roberts, ‘THE RUN UP’ is a documentary composed of one-on-one interviews with twenty-six of the most eminent artists of today. Produced by Upper Playground in association with Fifty24SF, artists featured in the film include: Herbert Baglione, Estevan Oriol, Cody Hudson, Chris Pastras, Mark Bode, Mr. Jago, Will Barras, Wes Humpston, Futura, Jeff Soto, Above, Kofie One, Heavyweight (HVW8), David Ellis, Ryan McGinness, Jose Parla, Swoon, Rostarr, Mister Cartoon, Maya Hayuk, Doze Green, WK Interact, Dzine, Jason Bass, Ron English and Logan Hicks.