Flowers on the Blue Line / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — For two days in a row this past weekend, I boarded the train to Forest Park at the Damen Blue Line station. This was unusual for me, as I’m not a regular commuter — I mostly write from my home office or at one of a few coffee shops. Dragging my feet up […]

In its Chicago Debut, Fountain Art Fair Spouts, Drips and Splashes / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — The Fountain Art Fair is located at the edge a heavily industrial area of the Pilsen neighborhood where many local artists live and work. Compared to Expo Chicago, it is a welcome free-for-all DIY art oasis at the edge of an art community, and housing another one (artists rent the studio spaces in this building, […]

Portrait of the Artist: Ian J. Whitmore / Newcity Newspaper

Artist Ian J. Whitmore knows “nowhere” quite well. Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he also completed his undergraduate degree, and then moving to Bloomington, Indiana for an MFA in photography, the Midwesterner can quickly spot the public, commercial landscape of malls, industrial parks and corporate offices that feel eerily familiar yet completely void of […]