Just wanted to let you all know that the Oak Park, IL domestic art space What It Is has made catalogs from several shows from its 2009 and 2010 years of programming available for purchase on their website. I don’t know how long these publications have actually been available, but the info just hit my RSS feed today and since they all look so nice, I thought I’d pass this along as an FYI. Publications on Jonathan Franklin, Sabina Ott + Michelle Wassen, Irene PÃ©rez, Michelle Welzen, Collazo Anderson & Bernard Williams, Andrew Rigsby, and the group shows Permission to Work and Physicality, Perspective and the Consciousness of Relating are all available via the website. Each catalog even has this neat little preview slide show thingee so you can page through and take a look at the book in advance, before buying. Way to go guys!
Here’s what I want to know: if What It Is, a shoestring-budget domestic art space, can publish small catalogs in conjunction with many of its exhibitions — why the heck can’t the MCA do the same for its 12 x 12 series??
October 22, 2010 · Print This Article
All of the Artists on the short list have done amazing work and many that were not included deserved to make the final but this isn’t really about awards its about engaging the public. To that end Bad at Sports has officially come off the bench to support one canidate to win and that would be Steve Hamann’sÂ History of ‘Bad at Sports’ (Work on Paper).
I know reading that you might think we are biased but that could not be further from the truth; I hate Steve Hamann. He is an annoying artist that has been the bane of my existance for longer then I would like to admit so when I ask you to vote 6 or 7 or even 10 times for his work at theWit Hotel (hell get a room and just vote everytime you cross the lobby) you will know that I do so on the merits of the work and no other reason. How great must that work be for me to ask the thousands of readers of Bad at Sports to reward a man that reads dead baby jokes in nursery wards. I may not love the artist but I salute the art.
Now having established that we will all vote for Steve “The Ego from this point out” Hamann to win lets spend some time on the great artists that should get second and third. They are hard working artists the lot of them and deserve more attention then even this is giving them, starting with a old friend Bernard Williams.
Daniel Lavitt: Till We Meet Again (Sculpture)
Chicago French Market – MetraMarket
Giovanni Arce: Bush (Painting)
Joseph Ivacic: Staying Connected (Sculpture)
Len Upin: Helen (Work on Paper)
Yva Neal: WAKA: Wall Altat of Kismet Abundance (Installation)
W Chicago – City Center
Holy shit, I left you hanging on the busiest gallery weekend ogfthe year! Well, I made about a thousand maps, all of which were posted over at Chicago Art Magazine, and between those, working on the annual Renaissance Society benefit auction, teaching, art making, blah blah blah, I totally missed my weekend picks. Stupid me! Oh well, I’m back. This weekend, I’m actually going to be out of town, shooting out in Ohio (both kinds, to answer the inevitable question), but there are some great shows ya’ll should hit while I’m gone, I sure as shit want to hit ’em when I get back. That is all…
Work by Laura Letinsky
Donald Young Gallery is located at 224 S. Michigan Ave., suite 266. ReceptionÂ Friday 5-7pm.
Work by Steve Seely
Rotofugi Gallery is located at 2780 N. Lincoln Ave. Reception Friday 7-10pm.
Work by Bernard Williams
iceberg projects is located at 7714 N Sheridan Rd. Reception Saturday 6-9pm.
Work by Matthew Schlagbaum, Chris Bradley, Clare Rosean, and Shannon Goff
Swimming Pool Project Space is located at 2858 W. Montrose Ave. Reception Saturday 6-10pm.
Work by Will Goss & Jessica Bardsley, Daniel Eatock, Clint Enns, Justin Kemp, Je Je Jiyeon Lim, Andrew Norman Wilson, Jon Rafman
LVL3 is located at 1452 N Milwaukee Ave, 3. Reception is Sunday at 6pm.