July 28, 2015

New work from @gregoryjacobsen at Chicago’s @zggallery

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More here!


July 8, 2015

An evening with @heyitsmatthew at @blackbird_chi

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As you probably know, Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman is this year’s Faesthetic cover artist. I think he’s really great. Like… really really great.

Blackbird is also really great and it has been on my “to do” list since relocating to Chicago. I was very excited when Matthew recently invited me to a private art inspired dinner at Blackbird. His art, I should add.

BB has been doing this on again, off again artist inspired series for a while, and it doesn’t seem to be heavily advertised. Note to Blackbird: grow this series and promote the hell out of it. It’s a fantastic concept.

The idea is the kitchen collaborates with a notable artist on a concept driven meal, and the consumer gets both delicious inspired food along with some sort of artist hands on involvement. In the case of Matthew’s event, the themed food focused on Strawberries and Salmon, and the takeaway was a limited edition mini sculpture.

The evening started with strawberry cocktails, thankfully not including salmon. There wasn’t assigned seating, and since I was flying solo, I ended up being surrounded by my friend’s wives. No complaints here as they were all fantastic dinner dates.

As the meal began, the chefs came out to explain their idea for the dinner. They talked about Matthew’s artwork, which typically focuses on some sort of word play with a short sentence or phrase. They hoped that the 4 courses would read in the same way, with all of the ingredients making up the letters and words in their simple statement. They wanted you to leave feeling like like the concept was clear, and boy oh boy was it ever.

Would I order each individual course in the future? Probably not. But together, everything worked as a perfect celebration of Strawberries and Salmon. Other than the dessert, which just focused on Strawberries, each dish had a great balance of the two featured ingredients.

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To start, we were served a visually beautiful salad with a Strawberry and Beet cured King Salmon. It was perfectly delicate and rich, with a wonderful bit of sliced green Strawberries, something I certainly would like to see more of, in general. Everything was sprinkled with Poppy seeds and herbed Buttermilk. I would have loved a second serving.

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Next up was a strawberry gazpacho which, while yes cold strawberry soup sounds more like a dessert than an appetizer, it had a nice balance of the sweet to salty. The addition of smoked Salmon roe seemed to delight to everyone at the table, and I particularly enjoyed the charred Strawberry and curds floating around the bottom of the bowl. These guys know how to play with food.

As we ate, our glasses were constantly filed with either a rose, or a chardonnay. I went with the white, which was a crisp delicious palate cleanser.

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For the entree we were served a nice portion each of roasted king Salmon and braised Pork. The Salmon was… good! The braised pork, even better, while being a bit off the ingredient theme of the evening. Many remarked on how well it was prepared, crisp on the outside and melt in your mouth on the inside. Of course, there were more Strawberries, this time roasted, as well as some charred Fennel puree.

It should be noted (in case it’s obvious from these photos) that each dish had a small delicate piece of Matthew Hoffman’s art served along side the food. One piece was a small phrase made out of wood, another a small phrase made out of laser etched plastic. It was hard to figure out what it all meant, until dessert arrived.

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A huge portion of strawberry summer pudding with Parmesan Cheesecake arrived. Strawberry jam, olive oil and basil finished the dish. It was a bit overwhelming, but everyone of us was up to the challenge. I’ll admit, at this point I was on strawberry overload. Every tastebud in my mouth was just saturated with a acidic high note of the berry.

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We were also provided a small wooden tray, with two bite size candy like pastries on top. A chocolate number, and another lighter in flavor number that… I think had some sort of popcorn powder on it? I have no idea what it was, but it was delicious, and thankfully lacking in Strawberry.

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As people started to take note of the wooden tray, a few people flipped it over to reveal a mirror like surface. Several clever dining guests realized all of the small pieces of art from the other plates clicked together on the tray, creating a sculpture stressing the importance of slowing down and taking note of whats happening around you. A refreshing statement as we all live in a world that’s moving way too fast.

Throughout the dinner, Matthew would walk around the room, talking to the 20 or so guests and you could tell he was really enjoying himself. We all were. It was a lovely event, and I hope to make the next one.

(photos provided by Blackbird.)


July 5, 2015

Alex Lukas

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May 24, 2015

Maxistentialism zine by @MaxTemkin

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Having just poured over issues 1 & 2 of Max Temkin’s new kickstarter funded monthly zine, I can highly recommend it. Beautifully designed, it features a ton of compelling content curated from a wonderful array of cited sources. It’s really, really good. Imagine the content you hope for when you log into your favorite social stream but never get. You should subscribe. Today.


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.


September 4, 2014

.@JohallaProjects presents VARIOUS FADES by @StephenEichhorn

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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

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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.

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