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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.

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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

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Art Chicago & Next: April 29–May 2

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart will be buzzing this weekend as Art Chicago and Next take over, bringing thousands of art lovers from across the country to our humble little town for some cultural inspiration. 

The Post Family will have quite a presence this time around, showing at numerous locations throughout the event including our Family boothKen Saunders Gallery and New City.

If that doesn’t sound enticing, we’ll sweeten the deal with FREE PASSES for the lot of you, good all weekend long!

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House Party

I totally adore this concept.

In The House Party, Ohanesian continues his exploration of architecture and place, faithfully creating a spatially accurate, quintessentially American suburban home, which he displaces from its native suburban landscape by reconstructing it within the walls of the Boiler, a repurposed urban-industrial space currently functioning as a contemporary art gallery. The House is then opened up to the public for a house party on the opening night of the exhibition. In this at once creative and destructive act, the artist enlists the audience to provide the final element of the work itself, giving each viewer the unique opportunity to physically leave his or her own scar on the House, by partying within it throughout the evening.

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The Free Art Machine

The Free Art Machine is a public art experiment. It exists to produce thousands of pieces of free art for distribution to the public. This is a really fantastic project that my brother Leo and partner  Max have put together and are trying to expand through Kickstarter.

"We believe art is free. Art is everywhere, and like nature, its beauty is both timeless and personal. The act of discernment and appreciation is the starting point for finding this True beauty. Our aim is to inspire these acts of awareness in everyone for their better understanding of the inherent beauty all around us."

Everytime these guys have put up a free art wall they end up getting something back from the community, it's a beautiful and wonderful idea for a project and they need your support to make it happen.

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2nd Copy

If you are in Chicago check out the SAIC 2012 senior visual communications department student show, (*mental breath break*) which will be a mixture of design, interdisciplinary work with design integrated, and fine art with design as its main inspiration. It's at The Coop tomorrow!

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"Simply put, HOTBOX is a bread truck turned into an art gallery. It has a small gallery space inside and the outside is a free for all. "

I see the hotbox near my house all the time, but I have never seen it action. Just watch the damn video and then support the US Tour via Kickstarter.

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Chicago The Beautiful Opening

If you are in the great city of Chicago this Friday. Come on by and see why Chicago really is so beautiful. Music, Food, Drinks, Art and good times and a spread of art from our fair city.

Friday, Febraury 24- 7PM to 1AM
914 N California

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Shelter: An Exhibition Exploring Home

If you're in the Bay area this weekend I highly recommend checking out this show. Our friends Zoe Minikes and Emma Bernsohn are taking it upon themselves to creative raise $12,000 to help finish a Habitat for Humanity house for the Mendoza family of Green River Utah.

The home is the first Habitat for Humanity House in the town of Green River, and is being built by the citizen designers at The Epicenter, and affordable housing and small business resource center for Green River, Utah. It's a lovely cause and a fun night there should be some great work there as well.

Date/time: December 4th, 2011 6-10pm
Location: Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

I'll be in town for the show, so I hope to see you then!

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Pitch Design Union’s Vancouver Review

Margot Harrington and I spent some time in Vancouver this past week and just had an all-out blast. Check out her post about our new friends, the art & design collaborative Also Known As, as well as some other rad places we ran into including Inventory Magazine, Nelson The Seagull and more.