Industry of the Ordinary

Anna Trier Reader Find

By Anna Trier in New Art on Friday 11 June 2010

Chicago based artists Adam Brooks and Mat Wilson who make up Industry of the Ordinary are ‘dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual’. Though they may love the status quo, their exploration of it has a delightful tendency to manifest in one of a kind moments and visuals […]

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Gown made from Peanut M&M wrappers

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Fashion on Wednesday 21 April 2010

Project Runway eat your heart out, as long as that heart’s made from Peanut M&Ms. This one-off dress was made by Chicago-based couture designer Christina Liedtke from 600 Peanut M&M wrappers, from which the 1,800 flowers used in the design were painstakingly handmade and applied. Ok, so five yards of silk charmeuse and silk shantung […]

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Jessica Joslin

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 12 April 2010

Chicago artist Jessica Joslin reassembles the skeletons of various creatures, embellishing them with found and antique fabrics and materials to create biomechanical creatures straight out of a steampunk fantasy.

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Daniel Shea

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Photography on Monday 5 April 2010

Daniel Shea’s lens mostly focuses on the ugly, the forgotten, and not always irredeemable sides of American culture — the decaying neighborhoods of Baltimore, the poor and working class people of his hometown of Chicago, and the devastation of the mining industry in Appalachia. His most recent series, Plume, documents the coal-fired power plants of southeastern Ohio, where smokestacks loom over abandoned towns, generic suburban sprawl, and once idyllic farmland.

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Krista Wortendyke

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 1 April 2010

Chicago-based artist Krista Wortendyke re-assembles pieces of images from video games, war photographs, and movies to create new battle scenes that omit narrative-suggesting elements – thereby leaving no moral context for the viewer — as well as suggesting extreme mediation, with the overlaying squares and rectangles suggesting the pixelation of digital technology.

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Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 17 March 2010

Chicago-based artist, educator, and Alvin Ailey dancer Nick Cave (not to be confused with the other one) has been wowing people with his amazing Soundsuits for years now. Inspired by African ceremonial costumes, Cave’s pieces fuse sculpture, fashion, and performance.

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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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Chicago’s Post 27 store

Dave Mata Reader Find

By Dave Mata in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 February 2010

Post 27 is a unique and beautiful space on Chicago Ave in the Ukrainian Village. I first stumbled upon this ‘all things interior’ boutique a few weeks back, helping a friend move a table. Their new website showcases much of their vintage furniture, jewelery, and art that is held within this stunning establishment.

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Impala Gallery’s We Ride No Brakes Too!

Dave Mata Reader Find

By Dave Mata in New Events on Friday 19 February 2010

After several years of curating art work at events and bars around town, myself and a few friends decided to get a space of our own. Although our first opening isn’t until this coming weekend, we allowed Ben at RVCA to host an event in our gallery. This is a video from the night featuring […]

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Experimental pop trio Sonoi

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in New Music on Tuesday 9 February 2010

At times floating out of the ether with the familiarity of forgotten Sunday mornings, while at others, pounding out textured, thumping pop, the sound of Chicago band Sonoi might be difficult to describe, but that’s what makes it so interesting. The depth of the band’s sonic palette is evident on their song Sherry Fall [listen […]

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Jim Trainor animation

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 27 January 2010

I’ve been revisiting the films of Chicago-based animator Jim Trainor lately and hoping he’ll release something new soon. I first saw the above film, The Bats, when I was living in the Windy City almost ten years ago, and it hasn’t lost its charm. Trainor’s main theme is describing animal behaviors via dry narration, drawing […]

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C Brooks and The Uptown Sound

Dave Mata Reader Find

By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 20 January 2010

Joining the ranks of soul revivalist groups such as El Michels Affair and The Dap Kings are Chicago’s own The Uptown Sound. Fronted by the charismatic JC Brooks, this group channels equal parts grimy garage and butter drenched R&B. Spanish label Vampi Soul released this sharply packaged 45 just a few weeks ago, and neither […]

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The J Davis Trio

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in New Music on Thursday 14 January 2010

Legends of the Chicago music scene, The J. Davis Trio’s latest album, These Things Happen, features their edgy blend of hip hop and garage-jazz with big beats. Check out their new single, Breezay, below and download it for free via our Music Download section [psst, it's in the third column].

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Vosges Haut Chocolat bacon & chocolate

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 9 January 2010

Chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and syrup: the perfect lazy weekend breakfast. The combination of creamy morsels of sweet chocolate mixed with salty, fatty bacon topped off with sticky syrup is seriously outrageous and surprisingly addictive. And now, thanks to the cheeky folks at Vosges Haut Chocolat, you can indulge in this scrumptious delight all week long.

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Kristin Bruni’s mirrored images

Dave Mata Reader Find

By Dave Mata in New Photography on Thursday 3 December 2009

Blending macro-photography and digital mirroring, Chicago-based photographer Kristin Bruni composes images that are both peculiar and enchanting. The symmetrical abstractions range from intense angular splashes of color, to smooth and tranquil visual landscapes. Having only viewed her portfolio, I was stunned with the magnitude of size and emotional range of her gallery work. Suggestive and elusive is the best way to describe seeing her brilliant work in person. I’ll never look at cabbage, bubbles, or fishing rods the same way again.

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