Technology transforms our culture, politics and personal lives, but in a slow and subtle way. In our latest exhibition, titled Generat.ion/s, we consider how today's technology might impact tomorrow. Utilizing traditional and contemporary mediums, we trace a history of innovation and peer into its future through the eyes of today's cultural leaders.
We're excited to invite you to join us for the opening reception of our next show on October 12, 2012 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at The Family Room.
We’re All In This Together
Come check out Matthew Hoffman’s upcoming exhibition at The Coop! “We’re All In This Together” references that (whether we like it or not) we are here in the situation at hand. Instead of disconnected individuals, we have the opportunity to work alongside one another, engage, and create the life (and the resulting community) that we want to see.
The work itself will consist of methodically hand cut wood and paper pieces with action and dialogue inducing statements. The exhibitionwill delve even deeper into interpersonal conversations, continuing the dialogue of creating an ever changing and adapting community.
Friday, October 19, 2012
6:30pm – Midnight
The Coop - 230 West Superior Street 2F
I just launched my new project on Kickstarter. If you share my feelings about developing local food systems, using crowdfunding to shape communities, or, even better, you live in West Town, Chicago and you want a grocery store at 2036 W Division St. then I hope you will back this project.
Plenty is a neighborhood tailored, locally focused grocery and deli. Catering to health conscious residents and those with underrepresented diets; and supporting regional farmers, urban food projects and small batch producers.
In the spirit of artistic collaboration, The Coop and Gapers Block teamed up to produce 8x8, an experiment in writing and design. Eight Chicagoland designers were paired with eight local writers to create collaborative works, with text informing and influencing art and vice versa. The results of this experiment are presented in limited edition poster form, with writing and design back to back.
Writers & Artist include: Patrick Somerville, Claire Zulkey, Ramsin Canon, Kevin Guilfoile, William Shunn, Veronica Bond, Wendy McClure, Scott Smith, Jesse Hora, Andy Luce, Chad Kouri, Ina Weise, Letterform, Ryan Sievert, Paul Octavious, Kyle Fletcher
Friday, May 18, 2012, 6-10PM
The Coop- 230 W Superior St, 2F
Proceeds benefit Open Books
Be sure to drop by Typeforce tonight. Guaranteed radness.
3219 S Morgan St in Bridgeport
5 x 7 + Chicago
I'm excited to say the 5 x 7 + Chicago series is finished! Our first in many collaborative series to come.
For this first series we decided to stay close to home. We chose 3 studios/people representing various mediums in Chicago to develop unique concepts for our format (32 pages, 2 colors, 5x7 inches). We even reformatted to bring the last concept to life!
Our first book with Debbie Carlos was a wonderful extension of her unique process of wandering and shooting. We selected a small group of photos from her year-long journey to develop a spontaneous narrative for Note Well.
Our Final book with Ina Weise was challenging and exciting. Our standard format did not work with her giant mountain drawings. So, we decided to have the 5x7 book fold out to 7x20 in From Here to Here.
All books are now available for purchase at 5x7books.com.
Thanks to Brian Guido for the amazing photos!
Mike McQuade new digs
Mike McQuade has a new site and it's lovely. No suprises here. What a fucking talent this guy is.
Mas Context Event at Heritage Bicycles
As part of our recent collaboration with Mas Context on their PRODUCTION issue, MAS Context and Heritage Bicycles will be having an event on Wednesday, February 20th from 7-8:30pm, to learn about the inspiration behind Heritage and their process of producing locally handcrafted bicycles in Chicago. Michael Salvatore, CEO and owner of Heritage, will talk about all the aspects of the production process, bicycle styles and how bicycles and coffee came together in this space. In case you missed the conversation with Mike included in the Production issue, check this post.
The event is free and there is no need to RSVP. You will be able to buy some of their great Stumptown coffee during the event or feel free to bring beer or wine. Hope to see you all there!
Strand + Rebuilding Exchange
Our lovely friends Strand Design has partnered up with RX Made a program out of one of our favorite Chicago places the Rebuilding Exchange. RX Made is a job training program that reclaims building desconstruction and a vast array of materials that are just planned to be thrown and turns the salvaged materials into beautiful locally made work. Strand has designed a fantastic line of benches, clocks, shelving and more they designed just for this project.
They are kickstarting this project and need your help. So you should go on and give'm your support.
Jordan Martins at Saki
Tomorrow (Saturday Oct 6th, 2012) swing by Saki between 6 and 9pm for Dysgraphia, a show by Jordan Martins. Dysgraphia is a project based on Martins's interest in the Chicago-specific tradition of hand-painted block-letter grocery signs which have come to be associated with Latino markets.
A really interesting premise for a documentary. "A first glimpse into the lives of sole survivors of commercial plane crashes as they struggle to understand their perplexing fate." They need your help kickstarting the film!
I'm a huge fan of David's blade installations. You can see his work in person at Post 27 and Intelligentsia here in Chicago. Or check out his site.
This is going to be an insanely special night. I'll send a reminder closer to the evening.
This past October, Chicago film collective Scenic traveled to the Icelandic countryside alongside photographers Tim Navis + Kim Holtermand and music composer Deru to create a series of improvised, collaborative short films. The resulting documentary - entitled Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland - will be released in June, along with a companion soundtrack compilation featuring thirteen contemporary classical composers and electronic music producers.
To celebrate the release, Scenic will join Deru onstage for a live, multimedia A/V performance inspired by the journey. Soundtrack contributors Shigeto (Ghostly International), Loscil (Kranky), and Sweatson Klank (Alphapup) will perform full sets, and the first 200 ticketholders are invited to an exclusive live screening of the film and Q&A session with the artists in advance of the show. Both the film screening and live performances are set for July 10th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Click here to buy tickets click here.