Sunday, January 29, 2012

IALS's own shows at the Boiler Room

If you've been to the Boiler Room, then you're probably familiar with their PB&J special. But what about their PB&A? sure you are! Pizza, Beer & Art! I refuse to say PBArt...except for right there. Anywho, theres no way you could miss the giant Wall o' Art in the back (not to be confused with the Wall o' Butts in the mens bathroom...). If you havent noticed it, then you've probably never been to the Boiler Room, and also, we're not friends.

But big news! well, news, at least, IALS's very own blog slave/photo dude Tanner Young will be displaying his work starting this Monday, January 30. You may be familiar with him as the Co-curator (along with Brooke Herbert Hayes, our other photo...dude..) of our first photo exhibition, Snapshot: Inventing the Everyday. Or the dude at those IALS things, with the camera. Or that dude at The Boiler Room, at the bar...with the hat..(?). Or if you're really lucky, you dont know him at all.

Give 'Em the Boot ©W. Tanner Young 2009
But now's your chance to tempt fate, and eat pizza at the same time! Or you know, you could just eat the pizza and look at the photos, if you want. Young will be displaying work from his project An Excerpt of Various Photographs Strewn About the Room, for the first time in Logan Square. "The Project," he explains, "is intended to explore the struggle of my generation as we grow into the people we will be, in the world we are given." Whatever that means, I guess. Consisting of large scale prints, Young's photos are intimate portraits of his nexus of friends, acquaintances and the archetype their personalities portray. But rather than present us with a tight shot of a person or face, the figures in these photographs are often obscured by their surroundings, or "consumed" as he puts it (whoa, thats deep man), focusing on the way their personal spaces reflect their personalities.

Shoot for the Moon ©W. Tanner Young 2009
Young goes on to say, "Our lives are transitional, we’re caught in a period between young adulthood, maturity, a career and the rest of life. Our homes are our hideaway from this; a physical extension of our identity. By capturing these characters in moments of isolation, consumed by their surroundings, I glimpse into the bond between a person and an intimate moment in time." Personally, I think he should just get over the whole thing, but if these scenes look familiar, it would be no surprise. The project embodies an archetype of people we're all familiar with, a network of artists, musicians, writers and all those other no-job hippy liberals (aka "stoned-slackers" if you're as into Bill O'Reilly as I am) we surround ourselves with, right? uuhhh...ZING!

So if you're not doing anything this monday (and even if you are), come on down and check out the work, say "hi", and enjoy the pizza party. Because we all know you've been wanting to have a straight up pizza party since the last time, in the 6th grade.

House of 1000 Corpses ©W. Tanner Young 2010
An Excerpt of Various Photographs Strewn About the Room

The Boiler Room
2210 N. California Ave
Jan 30 - Mar 30

Opening Pizza Party:
Jan 30th, 7pm - passout time

Oh, he also really likes to write about himself in 3rd person.
All the best,
-W. Tanner Young

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This month--we are all about film!

It is the dead of winter-- movies in the parks stopped months ago, the Logan Theatre is undergoing renovations and Netflix on the couch is starting to get a bit old. Well fret not, film-loving folks, because starting next week we are all about film.  First and foremost, we are quite excited to announce our February exhibition, Film Is Dead: Edges of The Digital Frame.  Film is Dead is a video exhibition that celebrates the "new wave" of underground cinema; by "incorporating aspects of video appropriation, off-kilter narratives and culturally conscious video mash-ups," the works of Nelson Carvajal and Amir George represent an underexposed avenue of truly independent filmmaking—one that steers clear of traditional “film school tropes and textbook rhetoric." Film Is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame opens on Thurs, February 2nd from 6 to 8:30 pm, at the I Am Logan Square Gallery, located at 2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Once again, Revolution Brewing will be providing seasonal beer and their signature bacon fat popcorn for the reception, accompanied by delicious treats courtesy of Paper Moon Pastry.

Carvajal, the exhibition’s curator and featured artist, helped launch Cinefile, an online networking platform for independent filmmakers. His handheld camera technique was a topic point in Jim Emerson’s (editor of essay “Screw the Tripod” earlier last year.  And George was part of the Seen and Heard Music Video Showcase (in collaboration with Chicago Filmmakers) and guest curated a Salonathon video event for the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

In addition to the Film Is Dead exhibition, Carvajal will be a special guest at our upcoming Industry Night on Tuesday, January 31st.  This month's Industry Night is dedicated to film and the guest line-up not only includes Carvajal, but also welcomes industry professionals Shayla Kloska, Marketing Director of the Logan Theatre and David Schmüdde, Executive Producer of EarthCircle Films LLC and Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art. IALS’s Industry Nights, designed to connect established and emerging arts professionals, take place the last Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm at Café con Leche/D’Noche, located at 2710 N. Milwaukee Ave. A $15 admission ticket includes passed hors d'ouevres and an open Sangria and beer bar. Your ticket also helps IALS continue the monthly Industry Nights programming.

Film Is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame will be on display through the end of February. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm.
IALS hosts monthly gallery exhibitions of works by local artists and accepts exhibition proposals on a rolling basis. Participating artists and/or curators must either live or work in Logan Square to exhibit their work and priority will be given to group or collaborative shows.

--Brooke Herbert Hayes

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sulzen/Zamudio Art Studio

Many Logan Square residents who take the blue line know that familiar building off the California stop with the paint palette and brush sign. Inside is the live/work space for painter Julie Sulzen and photographer Dan Zamudio. They often hold art shows displaying their work and also host exhibits during the annual Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival. Currently called the Sulzen Fine Art Studio, they will soon be rebranding and changing their name, so keep an eye out for Sulzen Zamudio Contemporary Images, Traditional Art.

© OTK Photography

 This spring marks 10 years they have been working in that space and they started hosting shows when Julie had an exhibit for her painting students and over 200 people were in attendance. Living together and working closely, Julie and Dan don’t necessarily find inspiration in each other’s work, but they do discuss technical aspects once their work is complete. Both their styles deal with Chicago urban living and often depict quiet, still scenes--something one doesn't typically expect when viewing art about city life. The unexpected scenes in their work are perfect for deep viewer contemplation.

© OTK Photography

Keep an eye out for the new sign and a new website this spring in addition to their bi-annual printed newsletter! You can stay up to date with the studio by signing up for the newsletter on their website at

--Katie Holland

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Multilingual Chicago Brings Culture and Language to the Square!

In just two years, the little-language-school-that-could is making headway in the neighborhood that houses and nurtures it. Opened in October 2009 with a staff of four, Multilingual Chicago now employs fifteen people and offers classes in fourteen different languages.

For Hilary Hodge, director of operations at Multilingual Chicago, Logan Square is the perfect location for their school. “It’s great to be in Logan Square,” she says. “We love our neighbors.”

The neighborhood’s history with different waves of immigrant populations, including German, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Puerto Rican, and Mexican, means that it is not uncommon to hear many languages other than English being spoken on the street or in bars or stores. “I think the multilingual history of Logan Square is really interesting,” says Hilary. “Our Polish classes in particular have been really popular…I think it’s because of the location, and because there’s so few places that offer Polish classes in Chicago. I think our location is especially ideal, in this multilingual little neighborhood.”

It’s hard not to find something that might suit your interests at Multilingual. There are classes covering the basics to get you started in a new language as well as more advanced offerings like the upcoming Spanish novel class. There are one-day bootcamps over the weekend for those who favor minimal commitment. There are even food-based events for those who might want to try a new cultural flavor but don’t have the tongue for language acquisition. “We had a Nutella day party last February--that was a lot of fun--where we had eight different vendors come in with different Nutella goodies,” says Hilary. “We had a kimchi day party two months ago.”

The school has also hosted cooking classes, wine tastings, and film screenings, in addition to participating in the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Logan Square Farmer’s Market, and Holidays on the Square.

And Multilingual will extend its reach even further in the coming year. Hilary projects that in 2012 the school will expand its supplementary language programs at schools, create bootcamp sessions for families, and host a monthly “free and fabulous” event that could feature such programming as a bollywood dance class or a pierogi-making class.

Winter adult classes for 2012 start up on January 9th and end March 5th. Classes include Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, German, and Korean. There are also many class offerings for kids.

Check out Multilingual’s website for more information, and keep an eye on the events page for some of those upcoming “free and fabulous” events!

Multilingual Chicago  
2934 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite C
Chicago, IL 60618                     

--Tamara Matthews