Friends & Followers!
Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming B@S interview with Messages in the Street curator, Allison Glenn, and our very own Dana Bassett. In the meantime, check out the final and upcoming events for this innovative and exciting public program posted below.
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SATURDAY, JULY 9: WOODLAWN
ARTIST TALK: Amanda Williams in conversation with L. Anton Seals, Jr.
Meeting place: 1130 W. 63rd Street
Join artist Amanda Williams in conversation with community organizer and creative placemaker L. Anton Seals, Jr. as they discuss how Williams fosters imaginative possibility in her work through the color gold.
Audience participation will be encouraged.
SUNDAY, JULY 10: PILSEN FINISSAGE
LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Natural Information Society
S. 18th / S. Blue Island / S. Loomis Plaza
Please join us for a closing performance featuring Joshua Abrams, Lisa Alvarado, and Mikel Avery of the avant-garde, psychedelic music ensemble, Natural Information Society.
Sound collage accompaniment by Becky Grajeda: soundcloud.com/me
This week sees the return of the once thought lost Mark Staff Brandl!
From his site:
Chris Dennis grew up in, England. He studied natural history illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and this classical training is evident in his current therianthropic work. After completing his BA (Hons) at the University of Wolverhampton he relocated to the United States, and in 2000 earned his MFA from the University of Art in San Francisco. In 2010 after a period in Berlin, Chris made Auckland his home. He has exhibited in New Zealand, Europe and across the United States.
He currently resides in Zürich, Switzerland.
My paintings are perhaps best described as ‘Narrative expressionism’ or ‘internalized portraiture’. The stories behind these ‘Therianthropic’ pieces have been carefully obfuscated and invite the viewer to create their own narrative, bringing to mind facets or emotions that maybe more difficult to confront if not disguised behind a mask.
Yes that Tim Kinsella. The visionary musician behind Joan of Arc, Owls, and Mid-Western indie rock world changers, Cap n’ Jazz. He joined Duncan in his class “The Late Late Afternoon Show” to discuss all things indie rock, writing books, and now being a publisher at Featherproof Press.
Minds will be shredded.
While your listening to the show, why not head over to the Elastic Arts Space and check out Joan of Arcs many Artist/Musicians work and if you hit it on a Tuesday on or after the 21st you’ll catch one of their many tied in bands…
As we all know change is a constant in our Chicago artworld. Today, Bad at Sports marks a massive change for us.
As longtime readers/listeners know, Stephanie Burke has long been the author of our “top five things we’re going to check out this weekend” list. For the last eight years she has been banging around seeing everything there was to see in Chicago, all the while guiding many of us with her wit and insight as to what should not be missed.
This last year has seen many changes for both Stephanie and B@S as an organization and it is time for her role with us to evolve. Her brilliance will continue to inform our collaborative efforts and thinking, but her new role will be revealed this fall. For the moment, she can be found gallivanting across this country reconnecting with her camera and her art.
Today we welcome a new monitor of what must be seen and Stephanie passes her gifted eye and foresight to no less a seer… Tomorrow, THE VISUALIST will begin their tenure as the governor of what must be experienced. All witness and be aware, it is the “Bad At Sports top V by the Visualist” and all shall be emboldened by its wisdom.
***Potentially, there is a second change – I worry I must also give up reading 80’s fantasy novels, for I fear they are affecting my written voice, and with some true dread, I fright and may be felled by this new affliction.
This week we check in with Zachary Dodson about all things Scandinavian, Featherproof Press, and BATS OF THE REPUBLIC.
From his website…
Zach Dodson is a book designer particularly interested in visual narrative. He has designed books for many independent presses, most notably featherproof books, which he founded in Chicago in 2005. Contact him about freelance book design projects by putting “@gmail.com” after his name.
Texan Zachary Thomas is the author and illustrator of Bats of the Republic, an illuminated novel published by Doubleday in 2015. Zach Plague wrote and designed the hybrid image/text boring boring boring boring boring boring boring in 2008. Neither should be contacted, as they exist only speculatively.
Professor Zachary Dodson teaches courses on hybrid narrative and storytelling at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He is available for guest lectures or workshops on book design, visual narrative or publishing.
Other names dropped… Tim Kinsella, Anna Kunz, Columbia College Chicago