Whacky animal caricature art by Darick Maasen

Samantha Dalrymple Reader Find

By Samantha Dalrymple in New Art on Thursday 12 April 2012

I love these pieces by Chicago-based artist and caricature do-er, Darick Maasen. Some of his work pokes fun at well-known characters, showing them, as he does, in a most different light.

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Jason Brammer

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By Cameron McGill in New Art on Thursday 9 June 2011

I had the pleasure of playing music with Jason Brammer for years, but thank goodness he quit the band to pursue his art full-time.

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Weirdo art by Jim Nutt

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By Troy Mattison Hicks in New Art on Wednesday 11 May 2011

Messed up art from Chicago-artist, Jim Nutt. This piece, called Miss T. Garmint (she pants a lot), is from 1967 and is a great example of how his last name exemplifies his wonderfully crazy art. An exhibition of his work entitled Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character runs until May 29 at the Museum of Contemporary […]

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Fourteen years of Derek Erdman in Chicago

Dave Mata Reader Find

By Dave Mata in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 August 2010

After selling some 3,000 pieces out of the 4,000 or so that he has produced in the past decade, Chicago artist Derek Erdman is getting out of dodge. Moving westward has not stopped him from putting together one final show at High Concept Laboratories. Without Wax will feature over 1,000 paintings and drawings of this poignant Ohio-born, Chicago-bred genius.

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Rachel Niffenegger

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Saturday 13 March 2010

Really digging the grotesque, zombie-like sculptures and images of Chicago-based artist Rachel Niffeneggar. The materiality of Niffeneggar’s work is as vital to the interpretation of each piece as the aggregate images, bringing up high-concept ideas that transcend mere horror movie worship.

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Matthew Woodward

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Wednesday 26 August 2009

I don’t even know where to begin describing the work of Chicago artist Matthew Woodward. Maybe it’s my deep-seated love for all things historical and sturdy, useful antiques. Maybe Woodward created these drawings especially for me (maybe?). Using graphite to create ghost-like, mysterious images of elements like finials, gates and augers (go look up old fashioned tools), there is something utterly mysterious and compelling about his work. They remind me of old photographs with their far away magic.

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Isak Applin

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Tuesday 23 June 2009

Busy, colorful and expressive, I am head over heels for the paintings of Chicago artist Isak Applin. His work is so loose and busy that picking out particular elements can feel a bit like a game of ‘where’s Waldo’. But that’s what I love about his stuff.

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