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 ...
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 ...
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
September 30, 2016 through January 3, 2017
The Art Institute of Chicago
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...