As Chicago based artist, Bruce Riley creates his unique resin paintings, it seems more like the paintings create themselves. The way that he layers the paints causes them to move in shocking ways as if they have a mind of their own. Some parts look like psychedelic fractal patterns, while others are like watching cells dividing under a microscope. It’s interesting to see that the paint takes on patterns often found in nature. Some of them even look like complex diatoms or MRI scans. [Read more…]
What is the relationship between sex and war? Chicago painter CJ Hungerman explores this question using erotic imagery as vehicles for destruction. As ‘silly’ as these complex narratives visually appear the artist intelligently offers an approachable context, sex and humor, from which to dissect important contemporary issues like technology, politics, and freedom. [Read more…]
Starting with her design of a Chicago map hanging on her living room wall, Jenny Beorkrem wondered if other people might also want to hang the poster on their wall. Working a day job as a graphic designer, Beorkrem began Ork Posters with just a few sales on Etsy. She learned to screenprint, produced more posters, and then some blog writers started to take notice. This spike of interest gave her reason to expand her offerings and create more designs. Since its beginning in 2007, Ork Posters now offers 26 maps – with the Bronx just added this past August. Although Ork Posters has scaled up to accommodate the number of orders, they are still printed locally in Chicago. [Read more…]
Heading home for the holidays? Maybe your folks live back in Brooklyn, or maybe they live out in the sticks. Just how far and where could you get if the NYC subway lines were laid end-to-end in one direction? [Read more…]
What is it exactly that make these surreal sculptures stand so far out from the crowd? Like many of their sculptural brethren they combine objects in unexpected ways, juxtaposing them in such a fashion that challenges us rethink our previous understanding of their varied parts… but these have something more. Perhaps it is the unique way artist Myeongbeom Kim combines objects from nature with those that are man-made.
Looking for a locals bar in a popular city? Look no further than these maps, which plot the places locals and tourists frequent. Taking the images submitted to the Geotaggers World Atlas and placing them on the map colored based on the length that person has been in the city, these images give a good idea of where locals and tourists visit. It’s also a handy travel reference to see what quiet spots still exist in these popular places. [Read more…]