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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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Note Well

Note Well is a new book by Debbie Carlos for 5x7.

Debbie's photos attempt to capture objects at their moments of greatest clarity: In certain light, at a certain time of day, in a certain place. The method is to wander and notice. Moments of quiet strangeness, patterns of light and shadow, minute-by-minute surprises, changes that don’t happen, something askew, something exactly in place, natural and artificial phenomena, are all sources of inspiration, and the subjects for her work.

You can buy a copy here.


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Things Come Apart

Dig this series by Todd McLellan

Things Come Apart is an expansion of the original Disassembly Series. This new set of images explores retro to modern daily items that have, are, or will be in our everyday lives. The book "Things Come Apart" published by Thames & Hudson will be available May.

via The Guardian

In the Neck of Time

I was recently in Paris and was fortunate to meet a fantastic artist named Pauline Thomas. Pauline runs a ridiculously amazing coworking space called Le Laptop. She has a few really interesting projects on her site, but I was especially fond of this photos series of necks.

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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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Day Light

Brilliant little series by Daniel Shea.

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In the process of cleaning out my bookmarks I came across this old series that I've alwways loved. Take a look at Jon Huck's lovely series of people and their breakfast.

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Post Family Tour by Debbie Carlos

One of our favorite photographers dropped by a few weeks ago to document our crazy messy studio. Check out these sweet pics by Debbie Carlos.

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Clarissa Bonet

Such gorgeous work. If you’re in Chicago, check out Clarissa’s work in person at the Columbia College MFA show, opening tomorrow night.

Opening reception
May 4, 5 – 8pm

Glass Curtain Gallery
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Cristian Ordóñez

Some really nice work from new friend and long time reader Cristian Ordóñez. Pictured are images from a series he calls Discovery Walks.