Thank you, Pia Howell, for introducing me to the fascinating world of C-prints. My only experience with a darkroom was back in high school, and despite a plethora of extremely talented photogs in my life, I had entirely forgotten that one can make beautiful imagery with developing chemicals alone. Enter the exuberant work of Ms. Howell, which I took in last Friday night at Golden Age Gallery & Shop.
Love these simple abstract & familiar forms. She’s making an image instead of taking one, the color doesn’t exist until brought forth by her clever hand.
For me, running is a simple: shoes on feet, the right clothes, and hit the pavement. No treadmill, no headphones, no maps or apps needed. I don’t even keep a solid tally on my weekly mileage, just relying on my legs and Chicago’s grid to tell me how far I’ve gone. I’m just not into the numbers. But these data visualizations of Nike+ stats from NYC runners bring fitness tracking to a whole new level. By Nicholas Felton’sSVA students, each has a fresh, holistic take on the data from over 1,000 Nike runs. And, BONUS, all are incredibly sophisticated for student work.
Among graffiti nerds, Chicago’s not especially known for having a strong can culture for several reasons. Spray can sales were verboten in city limits way back in the 80s, which in the days before online shopping, meant a 2+ hour trip (less if you can snag a car) to the suburbs to procure it. Further, the fines and penalties are still so steep that most are deterred. And the city has on several occasions swooped in and buffed out commissioned graffiti murals on private property. Not exactly a positive environment for this particular type of expression.
So it’s a promising sign that there’s an obvious uptick over the last few years in street art in general here. Brand new and brilliant work from Belgian street artist ROA went up just days ago in two locations, thanks to Pawn Works & the Hedrich Blessing Photographers. Having seen the rams first hand (Kinzie & Peoria for you locals) they are a massive sight to behold. Pushing 90 feet long, the piece fills the entire building’s wall. And all spray can too. Hot damn.
By far the best part of ROA’s animal subjects is how they are tucked in the architecture, almost caught in a moment. Seeing one feels just like that moment when you happen to spy an interesting animal in its natural habitat. They are the urban replica of the real thing. Very happy to have these marvelous beings, I hope they stick around for awhile.
Recent grad Colin Snow is a graphic designer for now-bankrupt clothing label, Metropark. Not sure what the story is with the business side of this brand, but it’s clear that some sick talented hands have been putting a lot of love into the graphics and photography. Colin’s style guides & look books definitely feel at home in the fashion world, but there’s an added playful spin that’s nothing else but super fun. And the typography is expertly restrained and upscale without sacrificing one ounce of personality. Brilliantly done, young grasshopper, keep it up!