This week: Richard and Duncan talk to the curators and artists of Present Standard!
Guest curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot, Present Standard features 25 contemporary artists with Latino Chicago connections. Their works that play with the manifold meanings and forms suggested by the “standard” – as either a flag or a pennant, a measuring tactic or a guiding principle, or a potent symbol of national identity.
Takashi Murakami at the ChÃ¢teau de Versailles
Takashi Murakami’s new exhibit in Versailles has recently opened (closes December 12th if you are of the jet set type) and from what I have heard and seen it is a show not to be missed if for no other reason then it’s striking contrast andÂ humorousÂ seemingly paradoxicalÂ existence. read more here
InauguralÂ Art Loop Open Competition Begins
From October 15-29, Art Loop Openâ€”Chicagoâ€™s new art competition (presented by the Chicago LoopÂ Alliance)â€”will transform ten venues throughout Chicagoâ€™s Loop into interactive public art exhibits (200 artists in total) having the public voting on the winner with 1stÂ receivingÂ $25,000 2nd: $15,000 & 3rd: $10,000. It looks to be a fun and smart program to engage the general public (which I still think we could do oh so much more in terms of) but sadly haven’t given it much promotion due to not knowing exactly how to aproach it. I will be looking forward to seeing how it plays out and more so to year two.
From what i canÂ gleamÂ the jury process was pretty solid and most of the artists involved I have either seen, worked with, known or interviewed so I wish them all good luck and more so remind them to forget the prizes this is a greatÂ opportunityÂ to rewrite the image of the Chicago artist with the general public so in short “don’t be obtuse, rude, impatient or a douche” also Check out Tom Burtonwood and Pamela M Johnson’s work here & here respectively. Read more here
Banksy does the TitleÂ SequenceÂ to the Simpsons
Interesting Video on How Printing Ink is Made
Having been a child in the heyday of Mister Rogers’Â Neighborhood I grew up with a love of lilting jazz music & seeing how everyday items are made (plus hand puppets but thats private) so it’s interesting to watch just how what I spend most of my money & art career touching plus half of my business career fighting with is made. watch it here
Race & Ethnicity Mapped By Block
As a footer for this week there is a visual map done by Bill Rankin using dots to show the more subtle changes across neighborhoods in ChicagoÂ using block-specific US Census data.Â Called a “taxonomy of transitions” it is quite interesting both visually and mentally but then again I am a data & logistics wonk so might just be me.Â read more here or even read about music preferences on Last.fm by gender here if you are so brave.