“The work that we do has to have a public presence because otherwise these voices would stay isolated.” (–Sarah Ross, program coordinator of PNAP)
“The mind is like a refrigerator: it keeps memories fresher, longer.”
“Be young, beautiful, and black, black, black!”
The willingness of the artists to actively experiment and abundantly create flows from the community-building that the nonprofit enables.
“What might have once spoken to freshly-split timbers and a new picket fence is now a fixer-up.” [draft]
“I wanted to bring them back, larger than life and in color, so that people could look at them, and know their names, and know what happened to them.”
For artist Allyson Packer, there’s a lot more than soil in the pot of a houseplant. “I really like to think of them as little, tiny pieces of land,” she said, “that are kind of moving throughout the city.” Continue reading
By what right does someone exhibit a doormat as artwork? Billy McGuinness’s twelve-foot wide dirt-monument gets on the wall as part of “Migrant Files,” a three-artist—McGuinness, Jaxon Pallas, Austen Brown—show currently up at ACRE Projects in Pilsen, on the basis of a pretty good idea. McGuinness’s mat began as a strip of canvas—the same stuff you’d stretch into a painting. He laid it on the floor, just past the visitor’s door to Division XI of the Cook County Jail. It ended as an intricately anonymous record of human movement over time and a self-proclaimed (although decidedly tongue-in-cheek) “high-modernist object.” Continue reading
Curator Ed Marszewski grabbed me by the shoulder. “You have no idea how seriously these kids—,” he checked himself mid-sentence, nodding at the grey heads in the crowd, “these old men take this!” Continue reading
A lot of good design went into giving the Washington Park Arts Incubator a welcoming and airy street-side façade, with its big, vulnerable glass windows. An artwork like Alfredo Salazar-Caro’s “In and Out, In and Out, In and Out” demonstrates just how easy it is to shut that illusion of openness down.