Saturday, August 27, 2011

Oak Street Beach [Murals by Chicago artist Jeff Zimmermann]



Oak Street Beach..
Murals by Jeff Zimmermann
Chicago based artist..
I wish I knew when he was painting. I would have loved to see the work-in-progress..








Two masked men posing with the murals. I have no idea who they are, but thought they provided a good Photo-Op.



It was a beautiful day on the beach..

Friday, August 26, 2011

AIC: Bluhm Family Terrace..[Restless Rainbow - by Pae White]


Note: The oculous is off-center....

Restless Rainbow..
by Pae White
Inkjet Print and Vinyl
Location Art Institute of Chicago: Bluhm Family Terrace..
While planning for the installation, the artist wondered: what would happen if the rainbow fell from the sky? What if the rainbow defied expectations and it's color spectrum took a new order? Would it include black as rainbows in comic books often do..







Restless Rainbow - by Pae White..
The diverse work of Pae White engages art, architecture and design to heighten the experience of site and context. Growing up in the "modernist mecca" of Southern California in the late 1960's and 1970's, White developed a visual vocabulary drawn from a variety of influences that range from consumer culture to "high" art - Eames furniture, Vera Neumann scarves and Milton Glaser graphics, among them.

Restless Rainbow, a commissioned, site-specific work for the AIC's Bluhm Falimy Terrace, uses the dramatic space not as a platform for objects but as the work itself. In this piece White drew onm her interest in and knowledge of graphis design, textile and animation to wrap the terrace in a vibrantly colored, energetic abstract rainbow. While planning for the installation, the artist wondered: what would happen if the rainbow fell from the sky? What if the rainbow defied expectations and it's color spectrum took a new order? Would it include black as rainbows in comic books often do..

From the surface of the floor to the top of the glass walls, Whate's work turns the Bluhm Family Terrace into a completely activated site in and of itself. Restless Rainbow inverts the traditional act of "looking out" from the terrace - at the Chicago skyline, Millennium Park and the lakefront - and instead invites visitors to look through the clear, circular aperture and upward to the sky.

Above all, the artist invites viewers enjoying the terrace as a fully immersed enviornment. White said, "I'm not interested in blurring of boundaries, it's really more that there is an art opportunity in all things. In many ways it is about finding these hidden zones." The Bluhm Family Terrace is, in a way, just such a "hidden xone". Though highly visible, the terrace is often recognized more for what it affords than it's own spatial dynamics. Restless Rainbow changes that equation bringing the space to life through a riotous play of color, line and texture..

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kankakee Community College [Meridian IX - by Ed McCullough]


Ed and wife Gale, sitting on Ed's latest installation, MERIDIAN IX, at Kankakee Community College. These images were taken on August 15, 2011, a beautiful summer day when the sculpture was installed.





MERIDIAN IX..
by Ed McCullough
Installation: August 15, 2011
Location: Kankakee Community College..
The latest in the Meridian Series by Ed. I've seen two of his earlier works from the Meridian series..
And if I am not mistaken the last of the Meridian Series, Meridian X is being fabricated at the Vector Fabicating Inc. Very soon I might have images of this piece.


If it's all about Location, Location, Location.. then Meridian IX is very well located.


Amigos [that's the term they like to use for themselves!] Barry Tinsely and Ed McCullough.. sweating it out with lots of laughter.

Ed surveying the installation..

Here's Ed with the Kaeb family [Jerry and Sara Kaeb and children, Anthony, Morgan and Samuel] All members of the Kaeb family, have their initials inscribed on the sculpture. For more, click here..

Anthony, Morgan and Samuel, were the best models to pose with the sculpture! Thank You!


One of my favourite images.. is of two stalwart sculptors, Barry Tinsley and Ed McCullough goofing around in the post-installation celebrations at "Blues" diner at Kankakee..


RELATED LINKS..
# MERIDIAN VIII - by Ed McCullough..
# MERIDIAN VII - by Ed McCullough..
# Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago - Ed McCullough..

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kankakee Community College [Meridian IX - Ed and the Kaeb family]


Meridian IX, by Ed MuCullough and the Kaeb family.. Jerry and Sara Kaeb and children, Anthony, Morgan and Samuel.. All the Kaeb family members have their initials inscribed on the sculpture, scroll down to see..


Morgan, Samuel and Anthony..

Samuel pointing to his initials "S"..


Morgan, sitting next to her initial "M"..


Anthony, pointing to his initial "T" [for Tony]


Jerry and Sara have also have their initials.. "J" and "S"..



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PNC Sculpture Park - Odyssey Exhibit

Running Arch - by John Adduci..
For more, click here..

Purdue North Central Campus Sculpture Park
Celebrating 12 years of Odyssey Exhibit..
Curated by S. Thomas Scarff..
Universities are cradles of creativity and arts. Purdue North Central [PNC] campus has some amazing collection of sculptures. Monday, August 8, I had the opportunity to see it's beautiful, rich and diversified collection, in the best company of two remarkable people who have been instrumental in making the Sculpture Park take shape.. Judy Jacobi [Assistant Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Community Relations] and S. Thomas Scarff [Sculptor and Curator of Odysses]..
Thank You for the wonderful work that you do!
Thank You for the wonderful trip!

S. Thomas Scarff - Curator, Odyssey Exhibit at PNC campus..

San Pier Niceto - by Joseph Colosi..

Windfighter - by S.Thomas Scarff

Dragonfly - by Jason Verbeek..

Driveby - by S. Thomas Scarff..

Geisha Rose - by S. Thomas Scarff

Sentinel - by Rob Lorenson..

Odalisque - by Michael Grucza

Tongue Highway - by Kara James

Odysseus - by John Adduci
For more, click here..

Haints + History - Preston Jackson

Seduction - by Fisher Stolz
For more, click here..

Travels of My Seven Sisters - by Preston Jackson..

Progression - by Travis Lanning..

Owl and Pussycat - by Richard Kiebdaj

Alexander's Circus - by Zelda Werner

Demeter - by Dessa Kirk..

Oh! - by Michele Goldstorm..

Rainbow Flyer - S. Thomas Scarff

First Gear - by Rob Lorenson..

Give - by Dusty Folwarczny..

Critical Mass - Michele Lanning..
Inside the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

Two Part Folding Screen - by George Sugarman
Inside the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

A Green Field - by George Sugarman..
Inside the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

A Green Field - by George Sugarman..
Inside the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

A Green Field - by George Sugarman..
Inside the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

Judy Jacobi [Assistant Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Community Relations], Rose and S. Thomas Scarff [Sculptor and Curator of Odyssey]..