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Art vs. Mediocrity

Art Meets Reality (Television), or, A Supreme Victory for Capitalism!

I would like to postulate that the artists who attended the Bravo auditions are motivated most simply by a desire to be liked. Fame and worldly success are not peripheral or shallow ambitions in this culture. The pursuit of capitalist values is typically rewarded with more of the above. In fact, from the gold rush to reality television, beating the odds and competing against your neighbor is synonymous with the American Dream…

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“New Cleaners”

This is the dry cleaner opposite the bus-stop on Damen Ave. and Grace. Sign painting is like surgery; you’ve got to have a steady hand and complete confidence in where you’re going with that loaded brush. I have not mastered sign painting – but – neither am I a sign painter. (Previous Shot)

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Art vs. Mediocrity

Artists need studios – will they fight to keep their spaces and communities?

As an emerging artist, my studio is the core of my creative development. In August of 2007 the “Chocolate Factory” building where my studio was located, and another building belonging to Central Services, LLC, were sold. I could not afford to pay a 30% increase in rent or find another space and so I must […]

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Art vs. Mediocrity

Tales of ArtWalkRavenswood: Rocking the Boat

An Update Once upon a time, before the official arts tour now known as “Ravenswood Art Walk” began, artists managed their own open studio events and created group shows in designated buildings and shared spaces in the Ravenswood and Addison Industrial Corridors. As early as 1987 there was a self-organized tour of existing art studios […]

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“Drive-thru”, Wendy’s on Lawrence Ave., Chicago

This painting relates to the fast-food joints I’ve done in the past and I have a few more I’d like to do. I have a good shot of “Church’s” I took while in Louisiana and there are some pretty awesome all-night spots here in Chicago.

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Portrait of Andrew Steiner

A new portrait. This is from a photo I took of my friend Andrew outside of Trader Joe’s. He has a very masculine presence that was fun to work with – I exaggerated the brutish quality in his hand but the attitudinous glare is all Andy.

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Exhibitions

The Peter Jones Gallery says “good-bye”.

“Grand Goodbye”, the final exhibition at The Peter Jones Gallery (ending its 20+ year tenure in Ravenswood), will open this (correction) Saturday, June 6th, from 6 – midnight.  The grand finale exhibition “will showcase the diverse talent of artists whose paths have crossed through Peter Jones’ Gallery and studios over its twenty plus years of […]

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House on Damen

I think it’s finished. The iron gate is probably the least accurate drawing part – but accuracy isn’t everything. Next on the docket – another portrait- I think. Details: oil/canvas, 30″ x 40″

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Rockwell Station, Winter Scene

Fresh off the easel. A painting I started over a year ago and had to scrap once I realized it needed to be painted on a larger canvas (this one is 38″ x 60″). Sometimes, you just have to start back at the beginning.

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Portrait of Denise

Recently completed portrait commission based on a family photo.