WBEZ | artist http://www.wbez.org/tags/artist Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Contemporary artist Bunky Echo-Hawk blends pop culture and Native American imagery http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/contemporary-artist-bunky-echo-hawk-blends-pop-culture-and-native-american-imagery <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/bunky.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Science-fiction icon Yoda wears a feathered headdress, and a traditionally-dressed Native American rides a horse-sized iPhone.</p><p>Contemporary artist Bunky Echo-Hawk combines such pop culture references with Native American imagery to challenge stereotypes and highlight social issues in his community. He is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and the Yakama Nation of Washington.</p><p>The painter, photographer and writer helped curate a new exhibit at The Field Museum that runs through September 2014.</p><p>&ldquo;Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior&rdquo; displays his work alongside several Pawnee artifacts that he helped to pick out of the Field&rsquo;s collection. He selected both decorative items and everyday objects to show how they can inspire people 100 years later. These items include a &ldquo;Ghost Dance&rdquo; dress, a deer-skin drum and a pair of the sneakers he designed for Nike.</p><blockquote><strong>Do you value learning more about Chicago cultural events like this? </strong></blockquote><blockquote><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/donate" target="_blank">Help support WBEZ by making a donation today.</a></strong></blockquote><p>Alaka Wali, the Field Museum&rsquo;s curator of North American Anthropology, co-curated the exhibition with Echo-Hawk.</p><p>&ldquo;Despite (the Native American peoples&rsquo;) severe displacement and the very traumatic experiences that they&rsquo;ve had with Europeans since 1492, why have they been able or how have they been able to be resilient?&rdquo; Dr. Wali asked.&nbsp; &ldquo;To come back and maintain cultural identity despite very severe odds?&rdquo;</p><p>One of the ways Echo-Hawk seeks to keep his culture alive is through live painting, creating a work in front of an audience. He said it&rsquo;s a modern adaptation of a traditional Native American winter pastime, in which an artist recreates an event by drawing on animal hide, and talks with the people gathered around to get enough information to make an &ldquo;honest&rdquo; portrayal.</p><p>Echo-Hawk continued that tradition this past Saturday with a few tweaks:&nbsp; Instead of recreating a &ldquo;buffalo hunt&rdquo; or a &ldquo;great battle,&rdquo; audience members suggested he illustrate a racial stereotype or a historical or current event on canvas.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an opportunity to kind of bridge the gap between then and now,&rdquo; Bunky Echo-Hawk said. &ldquo;It shows how we once lived and shows how we kind of live now, the things that were changed, the things that were gained and the things that were lost.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/jclee89" target="_blank">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/contemporary-artist-bunky-echo-hawk-blends-pop-culture-and-native-american-imagery Chicago Global Artist: Tel Aviv photographer and sculptor Assaf Evron http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/chicago-global-artist-tel-aviv-photographer-and-sculptor-assaf-evron <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/img_5342%20copy.jpg" style="float: right; height: 331px; width: 350px;" title="Artist Assaf Evron (Photo by Rea Ben-David)" />Israeli artist <a href="http://www.assafevron.com/">Assaf Evron</a>&rsquo;s arrival in Chicago came about largely by chance.</div><p dir="ltr">He said he wanted to do his MFA in the United States, but he was trying to avoid going to New York, the &ldquo;default Israeli artist thing.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">While doing a residency in Richmond, Va., he made a trip to see friends here in Chicago, saw the city and the School of the Art Institute, and was sold.</p><p dir="ltr">Three years later, Evron has not one but two shows opening this weekend. He&rsquo;s the latest artist to produce a bumper sticker for the mobile art exhibition <a href="https://www.facebook.com/trunkshowtrunkshow">Trunk Show</a>. And he has a sculpture in <a href="http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/ema-study-in-midwestern-appropriationem">A Study in Midwestern Appropriation</a>, a new group show opening Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center.</p><p dir="ltr">Still, Evron says moving from Tel Aviv to Chicago was a challenge, one he likens to &ldquo;moving from sixth gear to third gear.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At the beginning I think it was kind of boredom, but boredom in the good way,&rdquo; said Evron. &ldquo;Because boredom makes you dig deeper, and be more creative, and create new excitement.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Evron said the biggest excitement came from the sense of distance he felt in Chicago. In part that was due to the changed physical landscape, one he didn&rsquo;t feel entirely comfortable photographing.</p><blockquote><strong>Like what you&rsquo;re reading? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/donate" target="_blank">Help support WBEZ by making a donation today.</a></strong></blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Because I&rsquo;m a foreigner I don&rsquo;t have the intimacy with the environment,&rdquo; said Evron. &ldquo;So I started to develop a studio practice, which opened so many different directions for me.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">That move in turn allowed Evron to feel liberated from what he&rsquo;d done before.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In Israel I was very much doing photographic work,&rdquo; said Evron. &ldquo;Here I could break expectations and make more sculptural and conceptual work.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The works in both of Evron&rsquo;s shows this weekend reflect that shift. For Midwestern Appropriation, Evron re-made a wall ornament that&rsquo;s on display in the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv. The three-triangle stone design of the original is supposed to signify the pyramids. But Evron turned to something a little closer to hand, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.deckerhomeservices.com/Split_faced_block.htm">common split-face block</a>, a material familiar to anyone who witnessed Chicago&rsquo;s condo explosion in the early oughts.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_MG_9459s.jpg" style="height: 237px; width: 350px; float: left;" title="View of an Assaf Evron installation at Sullivan Galleries in May 2013. (Photo courtesy Assaf Evron)" />Trunk Show involved something more formal. Each month curators Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed ask one artist to design a bumper sticker for their 1999 Ford Taurus. Evron said doing something political or reactive, the typical terrain of the bumper sticker, didn&rsquo;t feel right in Chicago. So he created an abstract design, using <a href="http://vectips.com/tutorials/creating-halftone-effects/">halftone gradients</a>, that plays with the resemblance between the Taurus car symbol and the planet Saturn.</div><p dir="ltr">Though politics remain at a distance in Evron&rsquo;s work, he says they&rsquo;re not completely absent, if only because of the way he reflects on and engages the specific materials and context of the place he works in.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Art about the Occupation it&rsquo;s not very interesting to me,&rdquo; said Evron. &ldquo;But the political discussion of a place is in your work whether you want it or not, because that&rsquo;s the environment in which it is made.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Evron said he&rsquo;s not finished working in Chicago, even though he completed his MFA this year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Chicago has been a great influence on my work,&rdquo; said Evron. &ldquo;I want to use this momentum to generate as much work as I can.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/trunkshowtrunkshow">Trunk Show</a> is in Chicago&rsquo;s Eckart Park Sunday from 1-3 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/ema-study-in-midwestern-appropriationem">A Study in Midwestern Appropriation</a> opens at the Hyde Park Art Center Sunday from 3-5 p.m.</p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter and co-hosts the WBEZ podcasts <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels</a> and <a href="https://soundcloud.com/strangebrews">Strange Brews</a>. Follow her on<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/chicago-global-artist-tel-aviv-photographer-and-sculptor-assaf-evron Morning Shift: Owning the legacy of an artist http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-16/morning-shift-owning-legacy-artist-108439 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Vivian Meier - Flickr - Thomas Leuthard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The late street photographer Vivian Maier found fame when her photos were discovered and were included in exhibitions, a book and a documentary. But who owns the rights to her work?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-45.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-45" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Owning the legacy of an artist" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-16/morning-shift-owning-legacy-artist-108439 The Weekly Guide: Artist Krista Franklin paints the town http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/weekly-guide-artist-krista-franklin-paints-town-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 012_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Maybe Martin Luther King Day celebrations are part of your schedule this weekend or perhaps you&rsquo;re prepping for the Bears playoff game on Sunday. Well &ndash; don&rsquo;t stop at two. &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; has plenty more ideas to fill up the weekend calendar.</p><p>Every week, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; invites a Chicagoan in the know to share his or her weekend plans &ndash; it&rsquo;s your <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>Weekly Guide</em>!</a></p><p>This week, artist and poet <a target="_blank" href="http://www.myspace.com/kristacfranklin">Krista Franklin</a> was in studio to break down some happenings. Franklin has a painting in WBEZ&rsquo;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-15/winter-block-party">3rd Annual Winter Block Party</a> for Chicago&rsquo;s Hip-Hop Arts which takes place this Saturday.</p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Krista's Picks:</strong></p><p>&quot;Paradigms and Points of View&quot; at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.starloungecoffee.com/">Star Lounge&nbsp;Coffee Bar</a><br />Friday, Jan. 14<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/hawkins"><br />Richard Hawkins &ldquo;Third Mind&rdquo;</a>: Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Modern Wing<br />Closes Sunday, Jan. 17<br /><br />BYOBeats Live Featuring Djs: Rude 1, MassTransit, and dj shAde w special live performance by Dirty MF ft. Riley&rsquo;s Revenge<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://jerryssandwiches.com/index.html">Jerry&rsquo;s Sandwiches</a> <br />Saturday, Jan. 15<br /><br />Poet Kent Foreman Memorial Tribute<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackpearl.org/">Little Black Pearl Arts Center </a><br />Sunday, Jan. 16 <br /><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.little-dragon.se/">Little Dragon</a> performs at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a><br />Part of Tomorrow Never Knows Festival<br />Sunday, Jan. 16</p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/weekly-guide-artist-krista-franklin-paints-town-0 DuSable Museum founder left lasting legacy http://www.wbez.org/story/activist/dusable-museum-founder-left-lasting-legacy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Margaret Burroughs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Updated: 1:57pm: The founder of Chicago&rsquo;s DuSable Museum of African-American History has died at the age of 93. Margaret Burroughs believed in public accessibility of art.</p> <div>Up until a month ago Burroughs went bowling every Friday night. The artist often carried a roll of her prints under her arm and gave them out freely. Burroughs gave advice to aspiring writers &ndash; young and old.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Her hallmark to me was her accessibility,&quot; said Carol Adams, who currently runs DuSable Museum &ndash; the first black history museum of its kind in the U.S.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Burroughs founded the museum in 1961 when weekly salon-style gatherings grew too large for her home. Artists like Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker and Paul Robeson attended. She was an institution builder. If I could summarize her, I&rsquo;d say that she was the exemplar of the power of one,&quot; Adams said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Burroughs also founded the South Side Community Arts Center. It&rsquo;s still around after 70 years.</div></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/activist/dusable-museum-founder-left-lasting-legacy From Chicago to the Turkish army http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-turkish-army <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-29/Erdim-photos from the military-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Turkey maintains a conscription army and all male citizens are required to serve. Turkey doesn&rsquo;t even allow conscientious objectors. Although local artist <a href="http://firaterdim.net/home.html" target="_blank">Firat Erdim</a> has lived in the United States since he was 12, he&rsquo;s always known he&rsquo;d have to serve. It was just a question of when.&nbsp; At a certain point he just couldn&rsquo;t take the stress of putting it off anymore.</p><p>Erdim tells us how he completed his military service in Turkey by paying for a special expedited three week course which included a chance to hold a rifle, aim and fire three bullets.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-turkish-army