Political Attack Ad season is here…

December 11, 2007 · Print This Article

It’s that time of the year again. With only a few weeks before the Iowa primary the canadates are unleashing the full force of all that money they have been saving up for national attack ads.

This I am sure is just the first of many.


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Whitney Biennial 2008? List Time!

November 30, 2007 · Print This Article

Sometime in the last couple of weeks the participant list was released for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Wouldn’t you know it a couple of great Chicago oriented Artists are on the list!!! Our heart felt congratulations go out to Melanie Schiff and Amanda Ross-Ho!!! Please see the full list here.

New Packard Jennings Kiosks in SF

November 26, 2007 · Print This Article

Jennings/Lambert Image
Walking on San Francisco’s Market Street yesterday, I noticed that the public kiosks that regularly show the work of local artists had been changed. This most recent project is by Oakland-based artists Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings. As many of you may know, Jennings was a BAS interviewee during his residency at Chicago’s Threewalls last Spring.

For the project, Jennings and Lambert worked with a handful of architects, city planners, and transportation engineers to develop radical ideas that would improve the city. The result is a series of humorous 6′ x 4′ posters. One illustrates how the MUNI subway cars might be used to host a farmer’s market, spin class, a bar, or a dog park. I actually saw a few people laughing at them. There’s another poster that suggests that all city traffic be put underground, and one that proposes a roller-coaster-styled cable car.

The project is part of the ongoing Market Street Program, funded by San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. All of the posters can be viewed here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slambert/sets/72157602999313143

Seriously, You’re Growing an Ear on Your Arm?

October 12, 2007 · Print This Article

Just in case you thought the Performance/ Body modification thing was over, Stelios Arcadious is back with a third ear implanted on his arm. Soon “viewers” will be able to blue tooth to his arm and literally hear what his arm is hearing. Delightful.

weird ear

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich down right unfriendly to artists.

September 6, 2007 · Print This Article

Blagojevich against art Illustration by Christopher HudgensWe have received this a couple of times this week and the more we think about it the more evil it seems. What is up Rod? That seven million is not going to save your sinking popularity and taking funding from artists and arts organizations is just going to alienate another (mostly Chicago) constituency. (As if this crap with th El wasn’t enough Read here) We know who were voting against. And hey why not we are getting our pens out and letting our government know what we think. So should you.

Dear Friend in the Arts,
Governor Rod Blagojevich wants to cut over $7 million (30%) from the 2008 Illinois Art Council (IAC) budget. A chorus of voices is needed to restore state’s investment in the arts and arts education! We must act now to send a powerful message to Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senate President Emil Jones, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and other state lawmakers that the arts are not pork!

The Governor’s FY08 spending plan will significantly reduce the funds available for IAC grant programs, with a devastating impact on the arts statewide. Furthermore, the Governor completely eliminated the Arts and Foreign Language grant program through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Please tell Governor Blagojevich, senate and house leadership, and your state lawmakers TODAY how essential the arts are to you and your community. The Illinois Arts Alliance has made it extremely easy for you to effectively advocate for the arts. Here is what you can do: [Read more]