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April 29, 2006


With nearly 12 hours of art under my belt yesterday, I awoke this morning to find the heels and balls of my feet a healthy purplish-red. Yet more to come.

Along the way, I managed to snap a photo or two (while making sure to reserve ample memory card space for the decadence to come).

Anyways, here's a look at...

Cop a walk, it's alright

In the bazaar atmosphere that is the greater Belmont area, it's easy to miss the art on display here and there as a part of NOVA's Artwalk. I witnessed a number of people walk by the Eric Hamilton videos on show outside of Taboo-Tabou virtually unaware, even as a speaker above them pumped out the mastrubatory grunts that accompany a portion of his 6-minute "Family Values":

If you feel like taking a stroll, though, do go check out Hamilton's videos at Taboo-Tabou (854 W. Belmont), Krista Peel's miniatures in the window of Think Small (3209 N. Clark), Joe Compean's stereo photography in the windows at the Hollywood Mirror (812 W. Belmont) and the comic illustrations by Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) in a window display at Chicago Comics (3244 N. Clark).

Some shots of a few of the more easily photographed installations...

Jon Lowenstein at Bookworks (3444 N. Clark):

Sayre Gomez at Real Art, Inc. (3173 N. Broadway):

Mike Genovese at Reckless Records (3157 N. Broadway):

And, of course, consult the complete list for even more.

Sorry ladies... I think he's spoken for

Lovely bearded hubbies Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger entertain the onlookers at Western Exhibitions' Art Chicago booth, as they continue their joint crocheting of a pink tube already several fairs in the making.

Posted by Dan at 05:44 PM


Did you catch us at John Galt as part of the Lakeview walk? We had the searchlights going. (They're showing my square paintings).

Posted by: Cynthia on April 29, 2006 at 06:52 PM

Searchlights, eh? Whatever they do, they ought to help answer the age old question: Where is John Galt?

No, in fact I didn't stop in there. I will definitely make a point of it, though, when I'm down in Lakeview tomorrow. (Assuming they'll be open Sunday, that is.)

Posted by: Dan on April 30, 2006 at 01:22 AM

Galt is right next door to The Alley, owned by the same guy (Mark Thomas), right along Clark, slightly north of the Dunkin Donuts at Belmont, where it's legal to park there, since he also owns the lot. He believes more is more, white walls suck, and you better hang it floor to ceiling.

He's a Craigslist fanatic and will lecture you about it if you get him going. He believes so much that people should be able to afford to buy art that he will finance a purchase for you, just as tho it's a leather jacket.

Gallery has only been there since November, and he's still trying to figure it all out. He rushed a lot of stuff (some of it kinda dubious) in to coincide with NOVA.

I like the Sam Gillis still life paintings, but I think my favorites are a bunch of overprinted anonymous black-light posters from the 60s. Freaky. We had no wine at the reception, but had dishes of flavored rolling papers and chocolate.

Posted by: Cynthia on April 30, 2006 at 03:34 AM

Just so long as he doesn't lecture me about Atlas Shrugged.

Posted by: Dan on April 30, 2006 at 11:18 AM

Referenced in this post:

Iconoduel: All Aboard the Decadent Art Fag Express
NOVA Art Fair: Artwalk
Western Exhibitions
Western Exhibitions: Stan & Dutes Pink Tube Performance