Friday, November 28, 2008

Royce at the Hideout, Chicago

Just a few days ago I was thinking that I hadn't heard Royce play live in a long time. Then whaddaya know, I get word that they're performing tonight at The Hideout with Psalm One, Yeabig + Kid Static. Maker and the Galapagos4 dj's will spin as well. I've seen most of these acts play before and they all put on a good show. And the Hideout is a great little place. It always feels like you're hanging out at the hippest basement party in town. It should be fun.

The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia (1 blk east of Elston, 2 blocks north of North Ave)
Chicago, IL
9pm Friday, November 28, 2008
21+ $8 w/flyer, $10 w/out

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Street View Intervention

Artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley recently unveiled an interventionist collaboration they did with Google and Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory entitled, Street with a View. The Mattress Factory, which specializes in showing installation art, and its surrounding neighborhood were the backdrop for this project. Pittsburgh residents staged situations along area streets while Google's Street View team photographed them for inclusion into their Google Maps Street View function. Incorporating various scenes including a marathon, a garage band practicing in a garage, and a parade, I think the most hilarious ones were the firemen rescuing a cat piñata from a tree on Fireman Way , and two men fighting with medieval swords in an empty lot. I also liked this view of a bedsheet escape ladder from a bedroom window.

This giant chicken also made it down for a visit from Milwaukee.

Monday, November 24, 2008

After Turkey Jam at the Hideout, Chicago

DJ Logan Bay's sets resemble the flyer designs he makes for his shows. If that doesn't help just know that if you want to dance like this trio at his last Hideout show Gutter Butter @The Hideout, Chicagothen make sure you're there Saturday night.

After Turkey Jam
Saturday, November 29, 2008
at The Hideout
1534 W Wabansia
Chicago, IL

Art School Girls - Ninjasonik

My friend Anthony introduced me to Jahstar/Rev. McFly a couple years ago in Brooklyn. I only met him briefly but that was enough to see that he was a cool person. That's why I've been happy to see his career jump off this past year with his band Ninjasonik. Their music is dope and hilarious and I've heard their live show is a lot of fun as well. I hope to see them play live soon. Art School Girls is their ode to uh, art school girls. It name checks Pearl Art Supply too.

Jah Star aka Ninjasonik aka Rev McFly in Brooklyn

This second video is for Tight Pants, which came out last year. It's worth checking out for the minimalist beats and one-line lyric but I wouldn't recommend playing it at work.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Before There Was Us And Them There Was We

Joseph Lapppie has a new show of prints, drawings, and paintings at Bucktown's Believe Inn opening tonight from 6 to 10 pm. His portraits on wood are really well done. I really enjoyed his previous work on view in the last few months at The Architrouve and at Tony Fitzpatrick's Big Cat Press.

Joseph Lappie Before There Was Us And Them There Was We
at The Believe Inn
2043 N Winchester
Chicago, IL

Saturday, November 22, 2008 6 to 10 pm
Closing on Sunday, December 7, 2008 Noon to 4 pm.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Get Your Smoke On

KAWS has just released this set of ashtrays through his OriginalFake label. Entitled Your Pleasure is My Pain, they feature his iconic Mickey Mouse skull character laying in the ashtray waiting to receive cigarette butts. If I smoked I would only use these.

Available here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chris Silva remix

Chris Silva, currently living the good life in the wilds of Puerto Rico, has a remix track in contention for the Roots. The first round of this contest is basically one of internet popularity. The top 25 vote getters will proceed to Round 2 where they will be judged on the merits of their remixes. Won't you be a good person and help Mr. Silva on his musical quest?
Listen to his remix and vote for him here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

City of Charcoal

Mary Livoni's City of Charcoal show closes tonight at The Architrouve from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The Architrouve
1433 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gray Matter

Gray Matter, originally uploaded by bootlegflyers.

Gray Matter

Two great events going on down the street from each other on Chicago Ave tomorrow night Wednesday. The first one is Gray Matter at Sonotheque.

While supplies last each paid admission will get you a free copy of Gray Matter a compilation of 80's electronic music put together by DJ Logan Bay.

For the event Djs Logan Bay and LeDuce will play the finest in New Wave, Wave and vintage Analog Electronic music.

With live performances from like minded live acts Gate Keeper and Casual Encounter.

Vj Brunerd will burn your retinas with the finest in spaced out sewer visuals. It's a night to dance and vogue while feeling dark gritty and uncomfortable. Eyeliner is optional

DJ Logan Bay

The second shindig is going on at Darkroom. BFF will be performing as part of the Cease to Resist night.

Cease to Resist
w/resident DJ's Michael Flavor & Dr. Drase
w/special guests
Clique Talk and BFF
9pm $7 21+

2210 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Monday, November 17, 2008

The new Chicago Novem store

Chicago's Novem Studios are in the midst of the grand opening celebration for their first store. Located down the street from Dusty Groove Records at 1104 N Ashland Ave, the new Novem shop carries the full line of their well designed t-shirts as well as special limited edition shirts.

Some of my favorite recent Novem designs include this totem pole shirt honoring all seven major Chicago sports teams...

...and this 8-bit pixelated version of their octopus logo.

Here's the schedule for the daily live painting and other events going on at Novem Studios this week...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Todd James/REAS cover for Clark Magazine

Todd James aka REAS has an interview and some new art on the cover of French art and music magazine Clark.

Todd has been utilizing his unique style lately to portray the fetishization of instruments of war. Transforming planes and bombs into fun loving characters, his work is even more engaging to view when animated. Like the Blood & Treausre video he did for the recent show London gallery Lazerides presented in NYC.

Here's a brief excerpt of the video.

Lazerides also put out this Blood & Treasure catalog recently.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Select Media Fest 7 - night 2

Tonight begins night 2 of Select Media Fest. Last night was a lot of fun. I may have lost some hearing but it was worth it. TRS-80 and video genius Eric Fensler flew in from L.A. to perform. Live drumming paired with electronic beats and video projections equaled a mini dance party. We were partying 'till 2 am. The art on hand was really well designed. Large scale work from artists and designers around the world presenting info in visually interesting ways. Logan Bay's installation had some pretty trippy and bleak pages from the old Choose Your Own Adventure series imbedded in it. I enjoyed the green laser beam pentagram in the dark basement as well.

Lumpen DVD #11 will be released tonight. Here's the info from their site....

Saturday November 15, 2008 8pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St Chicago, IL
$10 suggested donation

Tonite we release our latest DVD project, Select DVD #11 the Infoporn Edition, containing works by Eric Fensler, Dungeon Magesty, Telefantasy Studios, Thunderhorse, Ola Vasiljeva, Peter Skvara, Jenni Rope, Rand Sevilla, a taste of the Dave The Lightbulb Man Show, TRS-80, and other awesome stuff. Get a complementary copy while supplies last.

The Infoporn Exhibition will be open for viewing all nite.

9pm: Screening: Select DVD #11 screening with! The Dave the Lightbulb Man Premier!!!

Afterwards: Not to miss Performances by DJ Douggound (of Tim and Eric fame),Eric Fensler (of Tim and Eric and Eric Fensler fame!), Pure Magical Love, DJ Shoulders and The Bearries.

ABOVE: Cover art for DVD designed by Logan Bay

The rest of the schedule is available at

Xavier Jimenez: Full Quality Beige Without Pink Red, But Blue Gray

Opening tonight at New York City Gallery. Now I've never been to this space before but it's curated by my friend Kevin Gallagher, who has never steered me wrong, so I'm going to go check it out. New York City Gallery is a space with two locations that alternate shows. There's one location in the Pilsen neighborhood and there's one in the Gold Coast, which is where tonight's show is at. The title of the show alone is intriguing.

Saturday November 15th, 2008
7 to 10 pm
New York City Gold Coast
55 W Delaware #2205
Chicago, IL

Ketih Haring's Ten Commandments @Deitch Studios

Keith Haring's Ten Commandments is something I always thought I'd have to travel to France to check out. But now it's on display at Deitch Studios in New York. Deitch Studios is the new Long Island City (Queens, NYC) outpost of Deitch Projects, which is one of my favorite galleries in NYC. They always work big and encourage their artists to fully utilize their spaces.

In 1985 Keith was invited to show at the Bordeaux Museum in France. They let him take over the entire building with his drawings and paintings. He requested the lower level as well, which is a huge space with five arches. He asked them to build canvases back to back that would fit into the five arches which he would then paint on site. He couldn't think of anything to paint on them until the weekend before the show when he realized it would be ten canvases so he decided to paint the ten commandments. By the time he finished installing his show he only had three days to paint all ten huge paintings. The following is from his biography...

Finally, I concentrate on the ten panels. It's three days to the opening. The museum personnel get nervous. I begin on my Ten Commandments--and I worked like crazy, longer than I ever worked before. I knew I could do it physically. The problem was staying awake! At the end, I was taking amphetamines--it was the only thing that kept me going. Well, by the third day, the ten paintings were done. It was a major accomplishment but I was a wreck!

A view of him painting it in 1985...

And here's an interview with Keith Haring by Sylvie Couderc, at the time of his show in Bordeaux.

Haring's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is also on display at Deitch.


Deitch Studios can be reached by taking either the E or V Train to the 23rd Street/Ely,
the G train to LIC/Court Square or the 7 train to 45 Road/Court House Square.
Walk down 44th drive to the water's edge.
Deitch Studios is located on the left hand side.
They are open Thursdays - Sundays 2-8 pm

Friday, November 14, 2008

Select Media Festival 7 - INFOPORN

Tonight's the kickoff for the annual Select Media Festival in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. Here's the schedule for tonight...

Friday November 14, 2008 8pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

Infoporn Opening Night
We open up the festival with the group exhibition, Infoporn. The exhibition explores the art of information design by artists from around the world. It is curated by Gregory Calvert and Ed Marszewski. The opening night of the fesitval also features performances from Chicago ex-pats, Eric Fensler and TRS-80.

Featuring the work of

Catalog Tree
Univerité Tangente / Bureau d'etudes
Eric Fensler
Jonathan Harris
An Atlas of Radical Geography*
Dave Bowker
Nicholas Felton
Edward Marcotte & Alex Adai
Stephanie Posavec
Logan Bay
Yunchul Kim
Aaron Koblin
Jean Livet
John Duda
Jude M.C.
Ryan Scheidt
Lumpen (The Subjective Atlas of Bridgeport DWNLD it now)
Jonathan Petersen
Alison Haigh
Benjamin June
Peter Skvara
Gregory Calvert
Logan Bay

The exhibtion now runs through December 13, 2008. Hours are during festival hours and by appointment. (773-837-0145)

* An Atlas of Radical Geography (featuring An Architektur | the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) | Ashley Hunt | Institute for Applied Autonomy with Site-R | Pedro Lasch | Lize Mogel | Trevor Paglen & John Emerson | Brooke Singer | Jane Tsong | Unnayan)

8:30pm Video Screening

The music videos of EricFensler
A collection of Fensler's hot stuff from recent years featuring Arial Pink, Daniel Johnston, Flyin Lotus, TRS-80, Cold and Golden and others.

9:30pm: Performances by:
Meah, TRS-80, DJ Jamm Sammich, Club Spouse, and 2 Dollar Cockroach

$10 suggested donation

TRS-80 puts on a great live show with video projections.

Eric Fensler is resposible for videos like this G.I. Joe PSA...

An Associate Degree in Science @Finch

An Associate Degree in Science opening tonight at the Finch Gallery. There'll be films and art by 32 artists including Salem Collo-Julin, EC Brown, Caleb Jones Lyons, Edra Soto, Paul Nudd and Lilli Carre.

DJ Capn' Crunk spins
Opens Fri. Nov. 14, 7-10pm
Also open Sunday Nov. 16, 1-5 pm
Finch Gallery
2747 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL

Cleveland SGS

, originally uploaded by ClevelandSGS.

Cleveland, Ohio collective Cleveland SGS will have a show opening tonight at the Asterisk Gallery. Cleveland SGS anonymously documents the retail and cultural history of Cleveland by photographing people, signage, and buildings throughout the city.

Friday, November 14th, 2008
Asterisk Gallery
2393 Professor Ave
Cleveland, Ohio

Thursday, November 13, 2008

BFF at Darkroom

Chicago's BFF will be performing next week as part of the Cease to Resist night at Darkroom.

BFF is a performance project composed of Hunter Husar of Mahjongg and Pooper (Elisa Harkins) mixing music and video to create a fuzzy wuzzy dance party.

Do the Ham Dance with Pooper's Yeti and Polar Bear characters here...

Wednesday November 19th 9pm
$7 21+
2210 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chris Kerr's Amphisbaena in Beasts! Book 2

Chris Kerr has just completed prints of an Amphisbaena, a mythological creature which is said to have spawned from the blood of the Gorgon Medusa's head. The print will be part of the Beasts! Book 2 show curated by Jacob Covey at Fantagraphic's Seattle store and gallery in anticipation of the release of their new book. Beasts! Book 2 will have illustrations of mythological creatures that are claimed to have been spotted by one civilization or another over the years. Over 90 artists are taking part in this sequel to the first Beasts! book.

December 13, 2008 6 to 9 pm
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA

Sunday, November 09, 2008

ITS OK Slim Limb Edition

Chicago's Sighn and Chris Kerr have teamed up to create this year's must have Secret Santa present. An edition of 50 ITS OK's hand painted with the faces of people you may or may not know. Each ITS OK comes with its own silkscreened "bed". You can also obtain a print containing all six bed options for your ITS OK's pleasure.

ITS OK is a phrase cut out of wood by Sighn in a limited numbered edition of one million. Sighn has surpassed the 2,500 mark and estimates that it will take him approximately 50 years to complete the edition. Get one before they're gone! You don't want to be art patron #1,000,001 and walk away dejected and empty-handed.

The ITS OK collaboration released today was produced for the cover of Argentinian art magazine Atypica and is available at Multi Polar Projects.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Ben Jones goes solo

Ben Jones, 1/3 of the art collective Paper Rad, has just released a book of his work. Published by Picture Box, Ben Jones: Painting and Drawing features his striking art as well as several pages of pencil drawings at the end that prove his work doesn't just come out fully formed from a computer.

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Exquisite City

Curator Kathleen Judge has put together a huge cardboard city featuring work by over 40 artists. Artists were invited to create their own buildings and city blocks out of cardboard and other materials which all come together tonight into one united city. The show will be up in the Viaduct's 3,000 square foot space. This sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun to check out.

The Exquisite City at The Viaduct Theatre
3111 N Western Ave (1/2 block south of Belmont)
Chicago, IL

The opening is tonight Friday November 7th from 6pm to midnight and will continue through December 12th, 2008 More info at their site

Everything Fails: Mike Budai at Rotofugi

Pittsburgh's Mike Budai will have an opening tonight at Rotofugi featuring new paintings and screenprints.

1955 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

November 7th, 2008 6 to 9 pm.
Show runs through November, 29, 2008
The artist will be in attendance

Edra Soto at Rowland Contemporary

Edra's got a show of new work up tonight at Rowland Contemporary. From their site...

Puerto Rican pop cultural references abound in Edra Soto's continuing examination of Iris Chacon, the iconic 1970's Puerto Rican television star. The Chacon-Soto Show: Featuring 'The Greatest Companions' examines the role of the once immensely popular Chacon, whose highly sexual personae, provocative dancing and amateurish singing combined to become a high-camp Las Vegas-style revue, complete with backup male dancers.

Soto captures Chacon's celebrated role through a series of gouache paintings, reappropriated plastic toys, and simplified stage sets designed to emulate the campy styling of her television show. The paintings capture Chacon as she was on stage, outlandish and bawdy, and always with her dancers. Here the dancers are rendered with gorilla-like masks or even as gorillas which are meant to diminish the abhorrent male archetype to secondary status. In some instances Soto replaces Chacon herself, a doppelganger of sorts, in an attempt to assume the role of the Latina in popular media and the seemingly endless need for self-overexposure. One can only ask, just who is the beauty and who is the beast?

I really loved this painting she had up at the Co-Prosperity Sphere earlier this year....

Edra Soto

I really enjoy the varied work she produces. She had a huge installation several years ago at POLVO Gallery composed of hundreds of large milagros she'd made out of tin featuring contemporary objects instead of the traditional hearts or other body parts that milagros usually represent.

November 7 - December 13, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 2008, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Friday - Saturday, 11a.m - 5 p.m. or by appointment
Rowland Contemporary
1118 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL

Peanut Butter Wolf at the BK Studio

Yeah, yeah, yeah it's Burger King's street art cred art thingy space but at least they've been bringing some great artists in there. Tonight's a free show featuring Peanut Butter Wolf (who plays really great sets) and Chicago's DJ Intel as well as new art by TEWZ, REVISE CMW, Artillery, Flip, Toxik, and Yunicorn.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


I just came back from voting at 6 in the morning. There were already 20 people ahead of me when I got there before the polls opened. Everyone was in a good mood. I'm just glad that this 8-year long mess is almost over and that we're finally going to have someone intelligent and levelheaded in office. It seems like Obama is really going to win but I won't breathe a sigh of relief until it's over. Here's hoping that all goes well today.

By the way, the print above is by Chicago's Ray Nolan, aka CRO. It's available on his site Ray has truly been in this for the long haul. He independently began creating Obama posters and putting them up around Chicago in the fall of 2006, long before Obama was a household name in the rest of the country. Seeing his efforts manifest themselves both on the internet and on the street these past two years have made me happy and given me hope that this could really happen. Thanks Ray.

Vote Baby, Vote

I remember when Deee-lite put out this short video for Rock the Vote in 1992. I was always happy to hear something new from them. Even if it was only 35 seconds long.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Three Chicago Art Shows today

Today​'​s the last day for my show,​ FOTOF​LOW,​ at the Believe Inn from noon to 6 pm. The Belie​ve Inn is at 2043 N Winch​ester​ in Chica​go'​s Buckt​own neigh​borho​od.​ One block​ north​ of Armit​age and one block​ east of Damen​.​ Come see what made the Chicago Police Department say "what is this?"
Leftover Hallo​ween candy​ and Coca-​Cola in littl​e glass​ bottl​es will be serve​d.​

Painter and graffiti artist CHUCHO will be presenting his show Day of the Dead at the Montana Shop and Gallery, 417 Harrison St in Oak Park. The opening is tonight from 6 to 9 pm.

Also,​ tonig​ht is the only showi​ng for "​Slate​d for Demol​ition​"​ a huge 2 floor​ galle​ry show showc​asing​ photographs of Chica​go'​s forgo​tten struc​tures​ and peopl​e by REBRUM.​ It's from 7 to 11 pm at the Black​ Walnu​t Galle​ry,​ 212 N Aberd​een St. Aberd​een is 6 block​s west of Halst​ed,​ betwe​en Fulto​n Marke​t St & Lake St. in the West Loop/​Greek​town neigh​borho​od.​

Hope to see you at some point today or tonight if you can make it!