Amanda Williams, an architect turned artist, has shifted her practice from constructing buildings, to making work that understands and reveals the social implications of how and when they are destroyed.
Kate Sierzputowski is freelance writer based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists' studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to physically explore the creative spaces of emerging and established artists.
A Group Show Rooted in Weeds
At Goldfinch gallery in Chicago, an exhibition pays homage to the plant species that thrive amid the city’s concrete plots.
Ghostly Flowers and Haunting Laughter Light Up a 19th-Century Reservoir
There is no path, map, or cautionary lighting to help you find your winding way through this exhibition.
The Productive Failures of a Weekend Spent Following Artists’ Instructions
TRIUMPH, Ill. — For four confusing and awkward minutes my obscured face occupied the screen of a mixed-sex chat room on Cam4.
Confronting the Fears Detained Immigrants Face in the US
CHICAGO — On a grassy island surrounded by several roads at the center of Chicago’s Logan Square temporarily sits Jenny Polak’s “Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens,” a creamy-white structure that at first glance looks like a miniature club house.
Meditation, Improv, Forced Chuckling, and More at a Gallery Sleepover
CHICAGO — I bend my head down, eyes shut tight, and reach my hands up over my head towards the center of the circle.
Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Mantis Shrimp
CHICAGO — Quickly darting up a cement cast of artist Jack Schneider’s left arm, Cthulhu, a brightly colored mantis shrimp, snatches a clam before retreating below a rock in a 75-gallon, acrylic tank.
Pausing to Consider How Plants React to Humans
CHICAGO — A poison ivy leaf is scary, if not panic-inducing.
Encounters with Art on Lawns, Porches, and Facades
CHICAGO — Finding its way onto porches, birdhouses, and neighborhood lemonade stands, the Terrain Biennial is currently installed in various domestic locations around Chicago and the world, inviting the public to take a bike or carpool to check out outdoor works by over 75 artists.
From Emoticon to Ellen Degeneres, an Index of the Most Popular Wikipedia Articles
CHICAGO — According to Jason Salavon’s “The Master Index (Semaphore),” we are all a little more interested in Kanye West than masturbation.
A Procession of Black Love Responds to Controversial Michael Brown Exhibition in Chicago
CHICAGO — After the scene of Michael Brown’s death was staged at Guichard Gallery as an artwork this summer, there was a public discussion about the exhibition and the fact that it was created by an artist who identified as white, Ti-Rock Moore.
Seeking Digital Decompression with the Institute for New Feeling
CHICAGO — The Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) visited Threewalls on July 16, bringing with it a small traveling exhibition and film screening.