Thursday, June 02, 2011

Closing party for the Chicago Street Art Show

Even though I have some photographs on display in this show, the reason I'm writing about it is that I think it's one of the most visually interesting shows I've seen in a while.  Despite complaints by some over who was or wasn't included in the show, the exhibition that is up came together very well.  A lot of positive collaboration occurred to put the show together and it shows with many of the resulting installations.

There's the two sets of You Are Beautiful walls, each composed of 15 letters each by 30 artists all together.    A huge maze like wall by Mental 312 was layered with wheatpastes and paintings by many Chicago street artists including The Viking, Goons, and Brooks Golden.  And this multi-sided work art directed by Chris Silva and including elements by 11 other artists had a lot to keep you engrossed.
Photograph by Thomas Fennell IV

There's also the introductory wall with several hundred photographs showing street art in situ outdoors in Chicago, as well as large scale works by Ray Noland/CRO, SARO, Hebru Brantley, the Grocer, Tiptoe, and Don't Fret.

A great book by Joseph Depre, the show's curator, titled "Chicago Street Art", was also released in conjunction with this show.  It's priced at $15 and will be available at the closing party and also locally at Quimby's Bookstore, Myopic, and the Museum of Contemporary Art's bookstore.

The show is up through Saturday, June 4th and the closing party will be tomorrow night Friday, June 3rd from 6 to 11pm

Chicago Street Art Show Closing Party
at the Chicago Urban Art Society
2229 S Halsted St (parking on the street and at the rear of the building)
Chicago, IL

Friday, June 3, 2011
6 to 11 pm

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