Reading Between the Lines

by Philip A Hartigan on February 4, 2015

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CHICAGO — The first thing that strikes you about Randi Russo’s show of paintings at Thomas Masters Gallery is the lines, swirling and looping around every canvas like an automatic drawing taken to an extreme degree.

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“The Preservationists Strike Back” could be the title for the latest episode in the saga of Star Wars director George Lucas’s planned $300 million Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts on the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago.

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A Postal Approach to Abstraction

by Philip A Hartigan on September 15, 2014

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CHICAGO — Jordan Scott makes pictures by collaging thousands of vintage postage stamps onto panel and canvas and coating the surface in resin.

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Audrey Ushenko

CHICAGO — Artist Audrey Ushenko literally makes public art.

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CHICAGO — Judith Mullen’s new work consists of sculptures and paintings that look like detritus, like the sort of thing that accumulates in rivers or forest floors after heavy storms: swirls of leaves, bark, wood chips, pine needles, things discarded by humans, whipped together by wind and rain to float indolently on the wet and dry surfaces of the world.

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CHICAGO — Joshua Kent stands barefoot, his palm outstretched and relaxed, in it a mid-size rose quartz crystal nuzzled against a loose pod of soil.

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A new center devoted to the late artist Ed Paschke will open later this month in Chicago, to coincide with what have been the artist’s 75th birthday.

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CHICAGO — At the eastern end of Diversey Avenue in Chicago stands an impressive classical-style rotunda, overlooking a short stretch of parkland that gives way to Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan.

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The Curious Thing about #Hashtags

by Alicia Eler on April 2, 2014

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The new web series #Hashtag follows the lives of young queer women in Chicago whose dating patterns and attractions are significantly affected by the technologies that they use and, at times, abuse.

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CHICAGO — Outsider art is an overused, perhaps even misused, term. By a strict definition it refers to someone who makes art outside the official and even unofficial milieu in which artists get training, education, and exhibitions.

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