Jyoti Srivastava has a great post on the exhibition with photos of over a dozen works and curator Nathan Mason. An article by the Reader's Deanna Isaac's profiles Statik, a/k/a, Rahmaan Barnes, who created his “remix” of Caravaggio's The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, seen at the top of this post, entirely in spray paint.
Many of the artworks come from organized - and authorized - projects. Others came from the more renegade forms of graffiti and tagging. I don't think I want to go back to days in 1980's when a deeply troubled New York City had its subway cars overrun with graffiti, nor am I comfortable with buildings and L stations being tagged by street gangs marking their territory, but you can't help to be impressed by the creativity street artists bring to some of the city's drab and unwelcoming infrastructure. There's even a bus shelter, by Mario "Zore" Gonzalez. . .
It's a great show, and this Saturday, January 11th, there's a closing weekend program, Chicago Street Art Stories: 1:00 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy Theater on the Cultural Center's on the 2nd floor off the Cultural Center's north stairway. An open mic where you'll be able to hear many of Paint Paste Sticker's artists talk about their art and careers. “The Exhibition catalog will be available and free for the taking.”
Here's our own gallery of some of Chicago's street art. Some were temporary, others disappeared behind new buildings, many still endure for your enjoyment.
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continue the survey, after the break
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