Jesse Malmed – Translating Language & Sound

Most comfortable in the public domain (real or virtual), Jesse Malmed investigates the intersection of language, sonic systems, and his contemporary milieu via an array of continually probing installations, performances and videos. Malmed's affable wry wit and unconventional delivery frequently brings pause in a time where discursive display has ... Read more

Mike Norton – Battlepug, Revival & a Whole Mess More

I was first introduced to Mike Norton and Battlepug, while listening to 11 O'Clock Comics (possibly the best comics podcast in the history of humankind) back in 2011. I jumped in, and I must say that Mike has guided me through some truly bizarre (and enjoyable) territory over the ... Read more

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present @ AIC

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present September 30, 2016 through January 3, 2017 The Art Institute of Chicago Regenstein Hall 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603 When I was first introduced to László Moholy-Nagy in the late 1980s I struggled to get my mind around the theories he explored and his use of nontraditional materials. In ... Read more

Expo Chicago 2016 – A Reflection & Couple Questions

Expo Chicago 2016 THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY & MODERN ART CHICAGO | NAVY PIER September 13-16, 2016 A Reflection & Couple Questions Art fairs in most cases tend to reside in a similar space. The focus is upon commerce, being seen, wining and dining, and other related activities that I tend to lack ... Read more

Alison Ruttan – Investigating Instinct & Agression

Utilizing strategies often attributed to social scientists, Alison Ruttan investigates characteristics of human behavior through insightful works that reveal our propensity with aggression which is evolving at an alarmingly escalating pace. Recently, The COMP Magazine visited Ruttan at her Oak Park studio to discuss her exploratory use of ... Read more

Damon Locks – Exploring Sound & the Urban Scene

For almost 30 years, Damon Locks has been a consummate artist and musician that continues to explore sound and urban visual aesthetics via his personal investigations and working with a wide range of talented individuals. While visitings Locks' Logan Square studio recently, The COMP Magazine had the opportunity to ... Read more

Anya Davidson – Cultivating Freedom in Failure

Whether instigating chaos at a local DIY Noise concert or drawing comics with live raccoons wandering about in the next room in Chicago's west Pilsen neighborhood, Anya Davidson has carved out an unmistakable voice that is fiercely brazen, darkly humorous, and reminiscent of a long lineage of significant comics ... Read more

Alice Q. Hargrave – Memories & the Natural World

Immersing herself in a deep contemplative aesthetic practice focused upon our ever-shifting environment, Alice Q. Hargrave has been producing thoughtful photographs that offer lush, color-soaked and attentive meditations for the better part of 30 years. This week, The COMP Magazine visited Hargrave's expansive and highly organized Bucktown studio to ... Read more

Alan D. Caesar – Touring Destroit with Rena Rouge

Chicago artists hold a long history in touring imaginative worlds within the mind and then translating these experiences into visually intoxicating materials. Visionary sojourns have surfaced in the art of Henry Darger, Lee Godie, the Hairy Who and a litany of other innovative artists working in sublime territory that ... Read more

Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds @ DePaul Art Museum

Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds May 12, 2016 - August 21, 2016 DePaul Art Museum 935 West Fullerton Chicago, Illinois, 60614 Tony Fitzpatrick was one of the first guys I met in 1993 when I arrived in Chicago. I remember this encounter well for Jesse Bercowetz and I had created an atrociously grotesque 13 ... Read more
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