Archive for August, 2007

Jessi T. Walsh’s Entertaining Miss Comfort

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Jessi T Walsh’s peep show, As Deep As She is Tall: A Peepshow in 3 Acts, is part of Constellation: A Faculty Show, at the Hyde Park Art Center until September 16, 2007. An online viewing can be seen here on YouTube.
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Magdalena Abakanowicz: Creating Giants Among Us

Magdalena Figures

Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz has 106 sculptures displayed in the South Loop at the corner of Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue. These sculptures are among the most powerful forms of public art I have experienced in Chicago. The figurative forms are gigantic and have a mammoth feel to them. Upon walking through them, I find that they are not even full figurative forms but rather cast forms of torsos, legs, and feet. The scale is gigantic and the legs and feet seem to be out of proportion and irregular but work to create a human presence. Upon close examination of the cast brown forms, textures of burlap appear in the “skin” of the hollow forms. The experience of meandering through the sculptures is bigger than life. The composition of the figures is well planned for the site. A mass of figurative forms are together, walking about aimlessly; most are walking outwards from the group, but as you travel through the forms, every once in a while, you are confronted with a large-waisted form with a mammoth foot facing you. There is plenty of room for people to move freely among the colossal forms without feeling claustrophobic and to maintain a sense of being in a large crowd. As you get to the end of the cluster, a few of the figures are placed randomly in the garden to carry the sculptured pieces into the Chicago skyline.
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Dear ArtStyle: Interview with a Young Artist

Megan, a 4-year-old at our family reunion, spent her afternoons doing watercolors, a new activity for her. She’s definitely a budding abstract painter.

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A Frame

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Dear ArtStyle: Elephants Galore

Backyard

We’re having a family reunion at the Elephant Walk Cottages in Union Pier, Michigan, where you can relax on the screened veranda, surrounded by lush vegetation, hummingbirds flitting around the bird feeder, or go swimming in Lake Michigan, just down the street, or gallery hopping or antiquing. (See my blog about the reunion on Gather.com.)
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Arts in the Media: A Houseful of Alfred Juergens’ Art

Did you see the Chicago Tribune's Sunday headlines, “Amid the Clutter—Art”? Stories on art, usually relegated to the back pages, never make it to the front pages unless there is some compelling human interest story. When the Cook County public guardian's office sorted through the “mountains of trash, junk mail, and newspapers” in the La Grange Park house of Margaret Tikalsky, now in a care home, they discovered a large collection of art by the American impressionist Alfred Juergens.
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