Fallen Princesses Photo Exhibit

July 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Vancouver based photographer Dina Goldstein‘s new series Fallen Princesses takes a look at the classic fairy tale heroines of our youth from the vantage point of our later years and finds things not exactly as we remember them.

“As a young girl, growing up abroad, I was not exposed to Fairy tales. These new discoveries lead to my fascination with the origins of Fairy tales. I explored the original brothers Grimm’s stories and found that they have very dark and sometimes gruesome aspects, many of which were changed by Disney. I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues.”

The series goes on exhibit in October.

5 Chicago Collectors Make ARTnews’ Annual List of World’s Top Collectors

July 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Here are the Chicago-based collectors on the magazine’s 2009 list, in alphabetical order as listed on ARTnews’ website:

Neil G. Bluhm
Chicago
Real estate
Collection focuses on Contemporary art

Stefan T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson
Chicago; Aspen, Colorado
Plastics Manufacturing (Retired)
Collection focuses on Contemporary art

Anne and Kenneth C. Griffin
Chicago
Hedge fund
Collection focuses on Impressionism; Post-Impressionism

Elizabeth and Harvey Plotnick
Chicago
Publishing and investments
Collection focuses on Old Master prints; Islamic ceramics

Penny Pritzker
Chicago
Real estate, hotels (Hyatt), and financial information
Collection focuses on Contemporary art

None made the magazine’s Top Ten list. Interestingly, Chicago has just slightly fewer collectors on the list than the 6 boasted by Los Angeles (9 if you count those who have secondary residences in Southern California) as reported by Suzanne Muchnic on the L. A. Times’ Culture Monster blog.

This is the first time in my life I have ever paid any attention to this list or its rankings–so take it for what it’s worth to you.

Two Types of Drawing Machine

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Self Portrait Machine, by Jen Hui Liao, is part of an exhibition at the Royal College of Art. The machine takes a picture of the subject and then mechanically renders it. The subject’s hands are “cuffed” to the machine (as pictured below) and then robotically guided across the paper. I like the retro-Cyborg aspect of this piece. You can see a video of the process here. (Via We Make Money Not Art).

Self-Portrait Machine

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And then there’s the Human Printer. From the website:

“The Human Printer creates unique, individual images each time it prints. Following the same process as a digital printer, the humanprinter generates the printed product by hand. Throughout the printing process the humanprinter assumes the role of the machine and is therefore controlled and restricted by the process of using CMYK halftones created on the computer.”

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The Human Printer

Human Printers at Work

Email these folks with your jpegs, and they’ll output black and white or color images for you, and post them on their blog. (Via The Daily What).

Don Colley’s Insane Clown Posse

July 6, 2009 · Print This Article

If Don Colley’s drawings were movies, I’d be first in line to see them. The Chicago-based artist’s noirish, grab-you-by-the-throat depictions of evil clowns, brawling boxcar hobos, and flamboyant carnie types are intensely cinematic, evoking angsty narrative scenarios that are part Nicholas Ray, part Coen Brothers, and part Mad Men, with a dash of Bruce Nauman thrown in for good measure. They’re sinister and alluring, able to suggest entire storylines within a single drawing (many of which are seen in close-up, tightly wrapped in beautifully carved wooden frames that are themselves reminiscent of artisinal tramp art).

Colley’s drawings and paintings can currently be seen in Midwestern Blab! (on view through July 22nd at Columbia College’s A+D Gallery), an exibition of five Midwest-based contributors to Monte Beauchamp’s Blab! magazine. There are some terrific large-scale works by Colley there that can only be seen in the exhibition (photography was not permitted in the gallery) so if you’re in the Chicago area, try to check it out before the show closes in a couple of weeks.

Colley has also had shows at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, George Adams Gallery in New York and Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis.

Don Colley

Judicious, 2004

Don Colley

Glimmer, 2004

Calling of the Falls

Calling of the Falls

Hindsight

Hindsight

Fuel, 2006

Fuel, 2006

The Sunny Disposition

The Sunny Disposition

Nocturne

Nocturne

DC 21, Appeal

Gemelos

Gemelos

Sweat Lodge

Sweat Lodge

My Burdened Heart

My Burdened Heart

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Lori Waxman Newest Art Critic for the Chicago Tribune!

July 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Breaking news: Art Criticism lives on at the Chicago Tribune! Yes, you heard that right, and Bad at Sports‘ own longtime contributor Lori Waxman (who reviewed several Chicago-area shows for last week’s big #200 podcast) is leading the way as the Trib’s new freelance art critic.  It is with great pleasure and hearts swelling with pride that we post links to her first two reviews, here and here. You can also listen to an interview with Lori, and learn more about her project “The 60 Word a Minute Art Critic,” on an episode of Studio 360 here. Go Lori!