Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blaque Lyte and Keith Herzik

Tonight's the reception for Blaque Lyte, an exhibition of work shown under black lights at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Artists Chris Kerr and Paul Nudd curated this show with artwork from Chicago other parts of the world.  I checked out this show earlier this month and really enjoyed it.  Lilli Carre has a really nice vertical totem drawing piece.  There's a huge shag carpet wall hanging that undulates with imagery.  There are also a bunch of funny and raunchy pieces including work from Edie Fake, DeeDee Scaci, Leif Goldberg, David Shrigley, and Onsmith.

Chris and Paul also curated a retrospective show of concert posters and prints by printmaker Keith Herzik.  I'd seen his work here and there over the years but I had never really known who it was by until now.  The amount of work on display is insane.  There are over 200 prints in this show featuring his distinctive drawing style.  I was also blown away by the vitrine filled with many zines and handmade books by Keith.  I had never seen any of these before and I ended up going to Quimby's Bookstore a few days later and bought these two...

I'm glad this show was put together because it's interesting to see Keith's prints together as a body of work.  I also think it adds to the great and visually varied printing reputation that Chicago has.

Blaque Lyte
Keith Herzik: There Are Still Lofty Dreams, Meager Desires, and Still Silliness
at the Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell
Chicago, IL

Reception: Saturday, October 29, 2011
5 to 8pm
Both exhibitions will be on view through January 9, 2012

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