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.
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.Â 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!
Featuring work by:
Michael Bancroft, Noah Berlatsky, Dayton Castleman, CThrough Outfit, Chelsea Culp, Derek Erdman, Gina Grafos, Jacob C. Hammes, Jaime Lynn Henderson, Hideous Beast, Thaddeus Kellstadt, Paul Mack, Rachel Pollak, Yvie Raij, Oliverio Rodriguez, Christopher Santiago, Dewayne Slightweight, Edra Soto, Bert Stabler, Matthew Steinke, Susannah Kite Strang
Curated by Bert Stabler
3219 S. Morgan, Chicago.
Open hours 1-4 pm Saturday July 11, Saturday July 18. Closing party Saturday July 18,
For more info check out Proximity’s site.
Paper Castle on the Ocean, by Tokyo-based art student Wataru Itou.Â It’s not fireworks, but it makes me go ‘ohhhhhhhhh! and it’s all pretty and glowy and shit. Happy 4th!
Via The Daily What
If you read the blog regularly enough you might have noticed that I almost only write about documentary films. Documentaries or epically long films (I enjoy sitting still in a dark room for long periods of time.) With that being said I am also not that much of a music buff. The majority of my music consists of Motown, Beach Boys, and 60s girl groups. So, when it came to watching Scott Walker 30 Century man, which is making its Chicago premier this July 4th weekend, I was a little lost. If you have never heard of Scott Walker, born Scott Engel, you are not alone. Walker, formerly of the 60s sensation The Walker Brothers, is considered by some to be one of the â€œgreatest composers and poets of our time.â€ The film, directed by Stephen Kijak, known for his documentary CINEMANIA which follows five New York City Film buffs, chronicles Scott Walkers early fame and self imposed exile from the music industry.
The film begins with the trio the Walker Bothers, none of which are related or named Walker, who for a brief moment were huge teen idols in Britain. Know for his good lucks and deep voice, Scott Walker became the face of the band and object of adulation from teenage girls. Scott retells the story of being in a car and having it tipped over by fans. He also adds that this is a time before cars had seat belts. Like many bands the Walker Brothers split and Scott beings creating experimental pop music. We hear from fans such as Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Goldfrapp, and executive producer of the film David Bowie about the influence Walkerâ€™s sound has had on their lives. The second half of the film we take a look at the very long process, 10 years, that Walker endures to create a record.
At one point in the film someone compares Walkerâ€™s music to a Francis Bacon painting. This could have not rung truer. His other-worldly baritone voice combined with his dark and densely layered arrangements feel like the perfect soundtrack to any of Baconâ€™s paintings. We also watch as Walker directs his percussionist how to correctly punch meat. I might not have been won over into listening to any of Walker’s music but I might try next time I am looking at Baconâ€™s Figure with Meat at the Art Institute.
For more information on Scott Walker and this 30 Century Man please visit the films website.
Scott Walker | 30 Century Man Playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
164 North State Street
Chicago Il 60601
Saturday, July 4, 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 5, 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 8:30 pm