Some thoughts on community and alt. spaces

It seems to me that there is a growing number of alternative spaces existing/opening up in Chicago. Not a month goes by where I don't see a few new spaces with opening exhibitions listed in The Reader or being blogged about. Even with the current economic situation and the ever dwindling Chicago art market there is still a need to and a demand for the creation of art. To create spaces, come together and none of it has necessarily anything to do with money or markets or who you are and who you know but rather the pure kinetics of making something happen, for real. I'm noticing a buzz in the cold Chicago air these days. Our arts community has so many glowing embers contributing to this ever growing fire. Some embers I am really excited about these days, to name a few are; The Post Family , Green Lantern Gallery, The Co-prosperity Sphere, Mutherland, Old Gold

Lets not forget the makers. There are lot of things in life that I love and get really fireworks-exploding crazy about, but I would say nothing compares to how much I love art making. When I see some really incredible art, i want to eat it! Taste it, stare at it until my eyes are sore and heavy. These days I am always on the prowl for something to feast my eyes on, some Chicago artists that make my heart skip a beat are: Deb Sokolow Aron Gent, Sighn, Lora Fosberg, Nick and Nadine at Sonnenzimmer, Melissa Oresky, Carl Baratta to name a few.

There are a lot of exciting things happening here these days and I couldn't be more excited!

Shameless self promotion time! I have been busy, busy, busy working to get Simple Gallery off the ground. (Website coming soon!) Simple Gallery is a project and exhibition space I'm starting here in Chicago. In the plans are an Artist in Residence program housed within the gallery, open critique nights, monthly exhibitions and an artist lecture series as well as much, much more in the way of events and programming. I'll be posting updates from time to time and also you can check www.simplegallery.blogspot.com for updates as well.
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