WBEZ | Chicago Art Department http://www.wbez.org/content/chicago-art-department Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en YOU ARE wHERE: Handcrafted Data from the Latitude and Longitude of life. http://www.wbez.org/you-are-where-handcrafted-data-latitude-and-longitude-life-104314 <p><p>The Chicago Art Department, on Halsted and 19th, will present new artworks by three Chicago artists Leah Murphy, Maria Scileppi and Nathan Peck on December 13th and 14th. The exhibition titled <em>You are wHere </em>is an intermedia exploration of maps and human motion. Each artist was asked to explore the themes of time and place in different dimensions. The results are layered 2D, 3D, or 4D artworks that guide the viewer through mapped emotional landscapes.<br /><br /><strong>Maria Scileppi</strong>&rsquo;s work reveals the hidden patterns found within everyday living by visualizing the GPS data of different communities; bike messengers, marathoners and Burning Man participants. She turns the concept of a portrait on its head by using time and place to tell the story. The results of her &ldquo;living designs&rdquo; are motion graphics and still images that capture the unique pattern created by that particular group at that particular moment in time.<br /><br />Scileppi&rsquo;s work, shown on mammoth projections in the gallery, reinforce the viewers consideration of time and place as they show the bicycle messenger make graceful mile-long marks across the city. Her work adds a human element to mapping and geography that we don&rsquo;t usually see. By adding human interactions she turns them into emotional terrain.<br /><br /><strong>Leah Murphy</strong> creates photo sculpture. Her new work called Route 38 explores the illinois route (aka. Roosevelt Road) by photographing it every mile, from DeKalb to Lake Michigan. The sculpture displays the photos on transparent plates lit from underneath.</p><p>The viewer looks down the center of the road and sees a murky blur of data as the images gradualy shift from country to town to suburb to city. As you approach the sculpture from the side, though, you can pinpoint a segment of the route and focus on the details of that time and place.<br /><br />Murphy transforms seemingly inconsequential photographs into an exploration of Midwestern geography and living. &ldquo;I want the viewer to notice the little things that we normally disregard as we go about our lives. Those are the things that make the world around us so unique and interesting.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Nathan Peck</strong> will present a new series called The Beats That I Frequent. After years of remixing encyclopedias Peck has shifted his attention to the atlas and map. &ldquo;I want to acknowledge the folks that I collaborate with on these collages. previously it was writers and page layout designers in the Torn from Britannica series, now it is the surveyors and politicians that draw our maps.&rdquo;.<br /><br />Nathan Peck, a Wicker Park Resident, is an Associate Professor in the Art &amp; Design Department at Saint Xavier University, on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side. He is a co-founder of the Chicago Art Department, a non-profit art center with locations in Pilsen and West Town. He also works regularly at Transamoeba and Catalyst Studios in the South Loop and Humbolt Park. &ldquo;I spend lots of time rolling from one art studio to the next, always looking for inspiration. I decided to make art about my process of making art.&rdquo;<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.chicagoartdepartment.org/you-are-where-handcrafted-data-from-the-latitude-and-longitude-of-life/">exhibition</a> is free and open to the public and will also feature a holiday art sale upstairs. Give interesting, local, contemporary art to your friends and family this year.</p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/you-are-where-handcrafted-data-latitude-and-longitude-life-104314 Chicago Art Department Open Studios http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-02/chicago-art-department-open-studios <p><p>At Chicago Art Department, photographers, printers, painters and video artists share space, tools&nbsp; and inspiration, and for the first time - taking place each Saturday in April - the general public will be invited to see the studios, gallery and interactive workshops where the artist collaborate.</p><p>Come join the creative exchange, talk with artists, check out new work, and provide feedback on artworks that are still in production.&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chicagoartdepartment.org/">chicagoartdepartment.org</a>.</p><p>_____<br> <br> Chicago&nbsp;Art Department is one of 10 Chicago Art Centers participating in the June 4 "What's Your Art?" <em>Off-Air Series</em> event. While you're there be sure to pick up the "What's Your Art?" validation card, then see how many Centers you can visit between now and June 4.&nbsp; Prizes for those who visit 2, 4, 6, 8, or all 10!&nbsp; Be sure to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-06-04/what%E2%80%99s-your-art-celebrating-art-centers-chicago">join us on June 4</a> for a culminating celebration involving all ten Centers, their art &amp; artists, to learn more about the Art Centers of Chicago and how you can get involved.</p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:46:50 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-02/chicago-art-department-open-studios