December 8, 2014

ATTN CHICAGO! 6Pack Stories: Festus Rotgut via @arcadebrewery featuring @jasonaaron & @tonymoore

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I don’t normally pass along press releases, but this is pretty fucking cool:

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Chicago craft brewery, Arcade Brewery, announced today it will release it’s first volume of “6­Pack Stories” on new comic day, Wednesday December 10th. Festus Rotgut: Zombie Cowboy is a western zombie comic written by Jason Aaron (Thor / Southern Bastards) and illustrated by Tony Moore (The Walking Dead / Fear Agent) across six bottles of Black Wheat Ale.

Arcade co­founder Lance Curran said the idea was to tell a story first and then brew a beer to match the story. Co­founder Chris Tourre brewed that beer and says he chose a dark wheat ale because it seemed to fit perfectly with the tale of Festus Rotgut.

“Since there are zombies, I immediately thought something dark,” said Tourre. “Driving a heard of cattle across the dusty landscape also made me immediately go to a dry wheat beer.”

Tourre says he used some specialty roasts to create marshmallow and caramel flavors. He dry hopped the beer too, which Tourre says gives it a spicy finish.

6­Pack Stories creates a unique experience for the craft beer and comic book lover. A rarity in beer and story telling, 6­Pack Stories will become an instant collector’s item and a must­have gift for any beer­drinking comic fan.

Festus Rotgut is a limited release and will be available in Chicago area bottle shops. See a map of locations at arcadebrewery.com/beers, or you can buy it online at West Lakeview Liquors, The Beer Temple, and Binny’s Beverage Depot.

Arcade Brewery will host tastings of Festus Rotgut on Wednesday at the following Chicago locations: Kimbark Beverage, Binnys Lincoln Park, Bottles & Cans, and West Lakeview Liquors. Please follow Arcade Brewery on Twitter and Facebook for further info.

Arcade Brewery is a Chicago ­based craft brewery dedicated to creating delicious craft beer inspired by art and community.


October 6, 2014

Amazing @60wattfunnel show at #bozarts in #Toledo

4:13 am in art,art events,painting dustin hostetler

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I know a lot of artists… I mean, that’s kind of an understatement. I know a boat load of artists, and I follow a lot of them on social media. It’s pretty common to see studio shots mixed in with life updates etc, but if you follow Josh Byers, aka 60 Watt Funnel on Instagram you’ll get the sense all he does is produce artwork. Like… 24-7. He’s a machine.

He’s clearly telling a story in his work. It’s one of hard working, blue collar ethics in direct conflict (or perhaps more honestly, in direct parallel) with a life of hard drinking and general intense unwinding.

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What’s amazing to find out is that he not only seemingly paints full time for a living, but is also a full time craftsman, working with concrete on a daily basis. It all makes sense… the sculptures cast in concrete and covered in concrete bags. The reference to different chemicals as well as different types of alcohol… You couldn’t get more genuine blue color, and low brow while honestly nodding to the high brow.

Josh had an opening this past Friday at my favorite gallery in Toledo, and the work was intense and evolving. Keep an eye on this man, and if you’re in the position to show artists via a gallery or blog / magazine etc, consider reaching out direct. I’m not kidding. This guy is on to something, and it’s honest, solid and soulful.

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More images and info on homie’s tumblr.


September 27, 2014

New works from @ScottyFiveAlive opening next week at @artintheage

11:08 pm in art,art events,design dustin hostetler

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Brooklyn based Scott Albrecht‘s maturing visual language & design output on canvas and wood will be viewable next week in Philly.


September 25, 2014

The @eidiahouse & the DECONSUMPTIONISTS trailer!

7:02 pm in art,art events,conversations,dreaming dustin hostetler

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Last week I had the privilege of touring the EIDIA’s “deconsumptionists” “art as archive” trailer, which is currently parked in Toledo. The trailer is an extension of the EIDIA House based in Brooklyn. It is also a mobile archive of the past 30 years of artwork produced by Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf.

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Conceptually it’s a lot to absorb. Each numbered orange bag in the back is a catalog of different projects the two have created and collaborated on, as well as documentation and products associated with the EIDIA house including the art created in Plato’s Cave. From a curatorial point of view, they really seem to love art focused on process.

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For example, currently hanging on the trailer’s walls is a piece created by Pia Linz. During her time with EIDIA, she placed herself inside a plexiglass polyhedron and then drew what she saw on the surface of the container. Each triangle piece of plexi ended up being used for print making, with incredible results…

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Also on view were binders filled with work, beautifully staged and photographed. Really curious displays that tell the complicated and amazing story of Paul and Melissa’s incredible careers. If ever there was a perfect coffee table art book subject, it’s this.

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If you get a chance to check this ever changing display, make a point. And if you’re involved with any spaces or institutions that would like to showcase this inspiring project, reach out directly to the artists! More information can he found at: www.eidia.com


September 4, 2014

.@JohallaProjects presents VARIOUS FADES by @StephenEichhorn

5:25 pm in art,art events,chicago,Uncategorized dustin hostetler

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As I was leaving the office, a bright pop of color caught my eye from across the hall.

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I stuck my head into the Johalla Projects gallery to see what they were hanging, and got a chance to shake the hand of Stephen Eichhorn.

Viewing his collage work online, there is no question it’s striking. Seeing it in person, it’s almost overwhelming. If you’re in Chicago, make a point to check out this show.

Check out his Tumblr for more work…

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STEPHEN EICHHORN
VARIOUS FADES

A SOLO EXHIBITION

SEPTEMBER 5 — OCTOBER 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5 from 7-10pm

Johalla Projects is very pleased to present VARIOUS FADES, an exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn. In his first solo presentation since 2012, Eichhorn reexamines his practice, producing collages that further complicate the dimensionality of the picture plane. The exhibition will run from SEPTEMBER 5 to OCTOBER 12.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 5 from 7-10pm.

Stephen Eichhorn’s method to making is at once quiet and intense. By working to establish new constants in his practice, Eichhorn manages to arrive at the unexplored — a middle ground that is overgrown and elegantly exotic. Here, the environment where Eichhorn’s current work resides is formal in its clustered stratification, hearkening to both gestural painting and the constructed photographic image. In this sense, spatial ambiguity becomes a steady, invigorating force that pulses through the exhibition.

More so now than ever, the works in VARIOUS FADES exemplify Eichhorn’s keen sense of cultivation and compositional play – they seductively writhe, bloom, and swell, all while achieving an unnerving constancy. Moreover, the artworks range in size and include many large-scale pieces, which in turn has enabled the artist to erect his signature plant forms with a hyperconscious sense of balance between broader imagery and smaller, more intricately cut paper plant parts. For the exhibition, Eichhorn will install his works in simultaneous response to the gallery’s architecture and to the specificity of his materials, thus endeavoring to create a viewing experience that calls for an extended look at the vivid plantscapes.


August 18, 2014

GO FOR IT @heyitsmatthew & mosnart team up in South Chicago. CC: @rebuildfdn @uchicagoarts

5:26 pm in art,art events,chicago dustin hostetler

I was with some friends, looking to explore Chicago. Specifically we were looking to see some of the art that is bubbling up in South Chicago.

We wanted to check out all of the sites Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation are working on. Since the Arts Incubator & Gallery didn’t open until Noon, we decided to drive south and explore the Historic Pullman neighborhood without a plan.

As soon as we pulled off the highway, fate felt pulled directly into the neighborhood. Practically out of nowhere we arrived at a most epic installation / work in progress by my friend Matthew Hoffman in collaboration with Mosnart.

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After we explored Pullman, we slowly headed back up north and checked out the thought provoking “How To Make A Hood” exhibition curated by La Keisha Leek at the Arts Incubator gallery. It’s open until October, and if you’re in or around the city you should stop by!

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It was a great day in Chicago. The city is HUGE and full of life. As Matthew Hoffman suggests in his new installation, GO FOR IT. Get out there and explore.

matthew


June 30, 2014

VERYBODY TAKE AN #ARTBREAK ALREADY via @Plumbgoods

7:00 pm in art,art events,community,conversations dustin hostetler

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Plumb has partnered with 826 National, the celebrated nonprofit that provides under-resourced students aged six to eighteen with inventive programs to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Plumb will donate $1 to 826 National for every Instagram photo, Facebook post, and Twitter tagged #artbreak, up to $2,500.

More here.


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