Friday, September 30, 2011

Chicago Artists Month and Logan Square Happenings!

It's October, and do you know what that means?! Yes, it means pumpkin beers, carving contests and making sure your kids don't eat too much candy. But do you know what else it means, specifically in Chicago? Chicago Artists Month! That's right, every October, us Chicago artists take the month to appreciate ourselves, and get the whole city to join in! That doesn't sound too bad, right? What better way to enjoy the crisp air, that new sweater and a cup of warm cider than with A LOT of art happenings? 


Organized by the Chicago Dept of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, CAM teams up with over 200 program partners to showcase Chicago's vibrant art scene. Showcasing....Chicago's...art scene. sound familiar? scroll down. no DOWN down. to the last post. yes! That's an awful lot like the goal of the Transit Residency program. Oh look at that, Meredith Winer is on the 2011 CAM Advisory Committee! A little name-drop fact there. Did we mention how excited we are to be showcasing Transit in our new gallery? (Reception: Oct 7th, 6-830pm)


Kasia Houlihan, still of Hold On, 2011
But what else is going on in the Square this year? Well how about our friends down the road at The Comfort Station? Oh yes! Opening tomorrow (Oct 1, 3:30pm) is their newest show, Bring Me Close. Teaming up with Michael Green (MCA, Curatorial Assistant), Bring Me Close features photo, video and sound based work from Chicago Artists Aidan Fitzpatrick and Kasia Houlihan. According to the website, the artists "[work]primarily in photography and video, both artists employ conceptual strategies at the same time as they take a personal and emotional approach to their media." In what looks to be a show that will be delicate, ephemeral and just a hint haunting(yes, it's Halloween month, but that's not punny!) Bring Me Close is the type of cutting edge contemporary show that's bringing more and more attention to Logan Square and in turn, more and more artists and art-friendly businesses. 


Aidan Fitzpatrick, Light at Cafe Du Monde, 2010
Don't forget their weekly events year-round(October-Chicago-Artists-Month included)! Jessie Devereaux at The Comfort Station says, Stop by! We are open every Tuesday for Logan Square International Film Series screenings at 7:30p, and every Thursday for Comfort Music programming, which also begins around 7:30p. We’re also open every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm, thanks to the help of Chicago Underground Library, who also has a display from their collection in the space.


What else is going on, you say? Well you can check out the events section on our sweet new website (we really like new things. and sweet things. rad, even) to see whats going on in the Square...for example the Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope, an exercise in connecting the global artistic community, opening at Elastic Arts this Saturday evening. Or you can head over to the Chicago Artists Month website to get an even broader, city view of all the autumn-time art appreciative happenings. And then say that 3 times fast.



Bring Me Close: Aidan Fitzpatrick and Kasia Houlihan
The Comfort Station - 2579 N. Milwaukee
Organized by Michael Green
October 1 - 26, 2011
Opening: Saturday, October 1, 3:30p
Gallery hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4p
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Friends of Transit
I Am Logan Square - 2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Opening: Friday, October 7, 6-8:30pm
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Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope
Elastic Arts - 2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor
Opening: Saturday, October 1, 4-10pm
Artists' Panel: 4pm
Live music starting at 7:30pm ($7 cover)

au revoir!
-W. Tanner Young
www.WTANNERYOUNG.com

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