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COLOR ME BADD: JEFF PAK

Last week we had Chicago illustrator and SAIC alum Jeff Pak come in and adorn our gallery walls with his life size coloring book installation, Color Me Badd which includes a light hearted mixture of characters, words, anime, phrases, and pop coluture references pre-drawn by Pak. If you've ever been told not to draw on the walls or to stay within the lines, this show is not that. Guests are invited to color in his illustrations with crayon and actively be a part of the piece.

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Q&A : LAUREN ASTA

A blank wall, a bucket of dark paint, a stepping ladder, and time. For the traveling California-bred muralist and artist Lauren Asta, there’s really not more that she asks for to showcase her vision to the world. With her instillations flourishing in major cities throughout the country (Oakland, Boston, New York, Chicago, San Diego), to say that the 35-year-old artist has been making significant moves to enhance her artistic visionary would be a vast understatement.

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Q&A : ADELE SUPREME

As a child you are told to let your imagination run wild, sometimes for an artist that never stops.  LA born and raised, and now Portland based artist, Adele Supreme, has a pretty wicked imagination. Nasty in fact. But nasty in the best way possible. Her art illustrates the mind of a woman of tapping into her power and prowess. Her work is carnal and raw, yet whimsical in execution with her black stream of conscious linework

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Q&A : DELISHA RENEE MCKINNEY

Delisha Renee McKinney makes whimsical illustrations that are larger than life, full of vibrant colors, textures and hidden meanings. Each piece represents another page in the story she's been working on her whole life. Her otherworldly characters represent the thin line between fantasy and reality, a whole new world sketched by McKinney, who is a self taught painter and self proclaimed nomad from the South, now practicing in Chicago.

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VIDEO : COLLECTED VOICES FILM FESTIVAL

Collected Voices, returning for it’s second year, is Chicago’s only Ethnographic Film Festival. Collected Voices was the brainchild of filmmaker Ife Olatunji of Freedom Lover Films, and was chosen as a Chicago Artists Month project last year. The festival is the first of it’s kind to bring together diverse films made in Chicago by filmmakers of color who shoot documentary and fiction films and blend together academia and art cinema. It also offers a space for diverse films from underrepresented backgrounds.

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VIDEO: SPARK IT OFF: "A KINFOLK MANIFESTO ON BLACK ART"

As a part of our Jazz Series "Remix" this month, we are featuring a different kind of visual art! Short films from Kinfolk Collective, our featured visual artist this month, will be shown throughout the night. Check out one of their short films "Spark It Off": A Kinfolk Manifesto on Black Art" combining historical film footage and text set to hip-hop music featuring Adam Dollar$.

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Q&A: EDO & OLIVIER

Our August Jazz Series featured artists were Edo and Olivier. Edo is a kaleidoscopic visual artist combining art, hip-hop and popular culture. Olivier is a visual artist tapping into the black renaissance period and combines shapes, figures, text, colors and doodles within his work.

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Q&A: MORLEY

LA based street artist Morley didn’t know much about street art growing up in Iowa. To him street art consisted of illegible scrawls on buildings or street signs. It wasn’t until he went to college in the street art haven of New York that he was exposed to work of that nature that could truly be considered “art.” It also wasn’t until college that Morley.

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Q&A : TATYANA FAZLALIZDEH

Brooklyn artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh found her art’s calling when she splattered the truths of women across the streets of New York. Her prolific street art campaign, Stop Telling Women to Smile, has been seen on walls and buildings all over the globe, and translated into many languages with the common thread of empowerment.

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Q&A: TONIA CALDERON

LA based artist Tonia Calderon has traveled overseas, made murals around Los Angeles, launched a small clothing and accessory brand, and commissioned many pieces for some of the biggest names in the music industry through her art. Getting fired from her bartending gig was probably the second best thing that ever happened to her.

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Q&A: SHANTELL MARTIN

For artist Shantell Martin, the world is a canvas. The London born, and Brooklyn based artist is best known for her clean and intricate black and white stream of consciousness illustrations flowing onto walls, canvases, objects, clothing, and any blank surface surrounding her, including skin. Making art appears to be a seamless and inherent.

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Q&A: DANIELA YOHANNES

Paris based Painter of the Invisible, Daniela Yohannes’ breathtaking work is as beautiful as it is intricate. Layered with symbolism and the complexities of human nature, her pieces walk the line of light and dark - there is a conversation between the two being had on canvas, spilling from her head to her brush.