Well, Saturday evening, off I went to the Art Walk. I must admit that I really think the Art Walk is just too big to see all in one night and really appreciate every piece of work in one evening – so, as I usually do, I wandered about and whatever caught my eye, that’s what I checked out and write about!
I don’t live terribly far from the downtown so I took a leisurely walk there that evening. As I came down Garey Avenue from the Lincoln Park District, on the Antique Row side there were a bunch of really old, fixed up cars which were pretty cool to look at. They sure don’t make ‘um like they used to. I crossed the street and ducked into the DPOA gallery. There, there was a pretty cool exhibit that completely took me back in time to the 1980s. The exhibit was Over the Years by Alex Couwenberg. Something about the pale tan color to the paintings and the geometric shapes and repeating lines here and there that seemed like, this art really belongs in a 1980s white collar office setting. I checked out hir website and not all of their art looks this way, but this exhibit really showed off this style of pieces exceptionally well.
Peregrinating down the street a bit more, I wandered into Imagine That, a shop with lots of cute nicknacks, home decorating items, and clothing — for the girl (or boy) that wants to just cute it up. They also are suppose to have some great services for if you’re trying to throw a marvelously cute party! I chatted with the owner, Sue Miano, and they presently have lots of Christmas stock on sale. Ze also told me that the shop is getting bigger, and they are trying make their selection a bit more diverse too, to appeal to a larger number of folks for accentuating or delight’n-up any space you might have! Also check them out on Facebook.
I wandered a bit more, through that store with all the pin-up art, passed the Glasshouse, and on up to the Loft Beats Gallery. As usual, they had their usual bit of Star Wars art, which I love, and they had a new artist on display that was really cool too! I chatted with the artist, Ryan Braddick. Hir pictures have these magical surreal neon colors about them and they are framed in polished steel, setting them off even more. One of the pictures was of two dancers. Another piece was of a strange blue being on a steel cross, and the next in the series was of the being crying out from the ground after its crucifixion. Ryan told me that ze is trying to inspire people to think about things differently, in ways that they normally’d never think.
Next I wandered back downstairs and into the Bunny Gunner gallery, where there is certainly some fine work that you should see. Two artists on display there: Lindy Ivy whose work is simply magical and cute, too, and Fikrie Oz, which is more on the meditative thought provoking side. Then over to Futures Collide where in their back gallery they had an exciting exhibit of Elvis art.
I decided to continue and darted down 2nd Street to see what I could spy and I wanted to see something that was fun and delightful and I found it at the Foggy Windowz Gallery. The exhibit was called Zirh vs. Dirt, by OnceOne (a.k.a. Angel Barrientos). It was basically a whole ton of cartoon-like art of these spray-paint cans doing battle with each other. Totally fun and cool! Whimsical! So great, if you get a chance in the next month, definitely check it out.
As I made my way back from my wondering foray to glimmer in my eyes something magical that way, I wandered down the alley behind Futures Collide to see The Hole in the Wall Gallery. In it was a piece by Ryan Chorbagian called “Ornithophobia.” It’s a really interesting model of a bird with an industrial needle for a beak, floating in the light of the hole in the wall. It got me thinking about how far do we want technology to invade out physical beings?
Lost in thought, I arrived at the DA Gallery, where they had several artists displaying their work. The name of the exhibit was Cubicle. As I entered the gallery, a sign on the front displayed, and I asked about it at their front desk, that they now have a Wi-Fi lounge at the DA open Monday-Saturday from noon to 4. If you’re in the downtown and want someplace to chill out and work on a school paper, a report for work, or goof off in the deluge of internet in general, it’s probably a good place! As I walked the exhibit hall, I must say that my most favorite artist there was Jon Ginnaty. Who had done an entire couple of cubicles and other office equipment completely in Terra Cotta (clay):
It was sooo cool! It almost looked like ze’d taken the actual items and coated them with clay. They had a table with descriptions and commentary about the artists. Of Jon Ginnaty:
Ginnaty’s terra cotta sculptures turn this temporary, movable structure to stone, giving it weight and an iconic, permanence that mocks the temporary, ever-changing aspect of our technological world. The work speaks about the density of a workspace that separates the individual from his own task oriented, thought processes rather than an environment that is inclusive of a community of abstract thought. — Leslie A Brown, Curator
I briefly spoke with the artist and ze told me that an article was published about the sculptures in the Inland Empire Weekly, but more especially ze encouraged me to try sitting in one of the terra cotta office chairs. I certainly went right ahead and they could even recline back and spin round and round just like a regular office chair!!!! Super cool! And the exhibit is for sale if you want to get yourself one. Definitely also check out hir website.
Next I went on down the street to the DBA Winebar where I checked out Juan Thorp’s extensive exhibit there. Juan’s art looks a lot like industrial whozawhatiz, some being very clean paintings, others covered in industrial muck! It’s great fun. The exhibit is called Mechanically Inspired Imaginary Friends.
At that point, the hours were getting late and so I visited one more gallery, the SCA Project Gallery, where they had a group exhibit titled, Chants, Prayers and Poems: Composed Visions of Healing. My favorite of the artists was Cindy Rinne, who does patchwork cloth art. I love to sew, and somehow hir art moved me to think differently about some of my own sewing projects and how I might approach them!
And then I walked home.