• All The Feelings
    All The Feelings
    Audio
  • Feats of Strength
    Feats of Strength
    Video
  • Rascal Mag
    Rascal Mag
    Web Projects
  • Conversations with CAR
    Conversations with CAR
    Audio
  • Ethno / graphic
    Ethno / graphic
    Curation
  • Post post post Modernism
    Post post post Modernism
    Curation
  • Because Art Video Series
    Because Art Video Series
    Video
  • Emerge
    Emerge
    Web Projects
  • Amor Fati
    Amor Fati
    Curation
  • Cinema Minima
    Cinema Minima
    Production
  • Shamethattune.com
    Shamethattune.com
    Web Projects
  • The Runnies
    The Runnies
    Audio
  • Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN)
    Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN)
    Organizations
  • Scrabble Showdown
    Scrabble Showdown
    Benefits
  • Life in Progress (LIP)
    Life in Progress (LIP)
    Production
  • Trek Talk with Mary & Brett
    Trek Talk with Mary & Brett
    Production
  • Because Art
    Because Art
    Web Projects
  • Anysquared
    Anysquared
    Organizations
  • Art. Swap. Meet.
    Art. Swap. Meet.
    Benefits
  • The Lavender Menace Occupation (LMO)
    The Lavender Menace Occupation (LMO)
    Production
  • Photos
    Photos
    Photos
  • Care 2 Share: A Benefit for Chicago House
    Care 2 Share: A Benefit for Chicago House
    Benefits
  • Analogues
    Analogues
    Curation
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All The Feelings

A talk show about the POC experience in the arts. Created by Brett Swinney & Tocarra Mallard.

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Feats of Strength

Feats of Strength Video Project. 2011-2012

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Rascal Mag
Rascal is an arts & culture publication for kids and teens that strives to provide pathways for problem-solving, exploration, and deeper thinking, while placing emphasis on philanthropy, inclusivity, and kindness. We want to serve the community by offering free and affordable programming, family resources, and by raising funds to feed back into after school programs. We need to wholly support and champion our youth if we want to take a serious crack at keeping them off the streets. Many thanks for your shared strength and enthusiasm! 🙂

Rascal Mag released 6/2016

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Conversations with CAR

Conversations with CAR was an interview podcast, presented by the Chicago Artists Resource. 2015-2016.

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Ethno / graphic
Friday, August 19, 2016 to Thursday, September 8, 2016
Opening reception: Friday August 19, 6-9pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present the HATCH Projects exhibition Ethno / graphic, featuring work by YalooJon Chambers, and Cassandra Stadnicki.

The title Ethno / graphic refers to the mapping of spaces through the presentation of cultural artifacts. This exhibition is a study of ephemeral narratives dealing with inherent, invented, and incidental tendencies that accompany conventional spatial awareness, a type of consciousness that involves understanding object relationships when there is a change of position. Each artist uses their creative practice as a means to map out territories that go beyond conventional spatial awareness.

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Post post post Modernism

Post Post Post Modernism: Based on the wealth of instant wisdom provided the web, along with endless accessibility to factoids and followers, self-perception has become distorted. We pour our hopes, our dreams, our super-egos into digital receptacles that overflow with anxiety and paranoia. Post Post Post Modernism is a response to the overwhelming sense of hyper-awareness that is nurtured by hyper-media. By reaffirming the meaning of production over the means of production, PPPM hopes to realign the sense of self with a sense of purpose.

The Post Post Post Modernism artists were challenged to produce new work outside their usual practice in an effort to break away from habits influenced by hypermedia, and, in addition, they were also encouraged to have fun outside their own boxes. The PPPM exhibit displays the multi-media results from each artists’ experiments

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Because Art Video Series

Video supplement to the Because Art Web publication. 2014

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Emerge

e-merge: journal of arts administration and policy v.3 marks a departure from the first two issues in both its presentation and structure. While the previous issues worked around a dominant theme, we have elected to highlight four themes through format and content that is reflective of the varied discourses in the Arts Administration and Policy Department, while maintaining roots in interdisciplinary and unconventional practices.

e-merge Issue 3 (Winter 2015)

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Amor Fati
Friday, December 2, 2016 to Thursday, December 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 6-9pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Amor Fati, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring Anansi kNOwBodyAngela Davis FeganBryan C. McVeyCassandra StadnickiJohn Steck Jr., and Woomin Kim.

Amor Fati is an exhibition celebrating the audacity of the creative process. The Latin phrase translates to “love of one’s fate,” and evokes an embrace of the highs and lows and the ebbs and flows of life — a challenging yet necessary task for the artist. In his book Ecce Homo, author Friedrich Nietzsche refers to the idea, by stating that his formula for human greatness is amor fati or the notion that one desires nothing to be different, for existence to be a constant moving forward for all eternity.

Throughout the creative process there are many instances that control doubt and fear; and, for an artist to find success, they might proceed with the hope that their choices will lead them to a resolution. While the result might not be ideal, it is essential for the artist to keep creating work in order to maintain their identity. Considering the amount of time and effort artists devote to their practice, they essentially embody the spirit of amor fati.

The six exhibiting artists have drastically different origins, yet they are united by their choice to present their narratives in a material form. All artwork presented takes on different notions of progression — be it geographical orientations, socio-political identification, or emotional vocabularies — that the artists use in their respective media to comprehend the surrounding world. Moving beyond the sacredness of the objects, these artists have invested themselves in the practice of discovery, which unleashes a myriad of outcomes, from fruitful to unfavorable.

Enhance your Amor Farti experience with this exclusive mix by DJ ALL THE WAY KAY.

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Cinema Minima

Cinema  Minima was a film screening series presented at Coles Bar.  2010 – 2014

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Shamethattune.com

This monthly musical-comedy game show was devised by Chicago Reader contributor and Outer Minds drummer Brian Costello and former Baby Teeth front man Abraham Levitan. Each episode features three locally famous contestants telling embarrassing stories, being interviewed by Costello, and then standing helplessly by while Levitan turns their stories into warped covers of popular songs—and the audience gets to judge the whole thing.

Website was released on August 12, 2012.

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The Runnies

“Anchoring the Runnies sound is Mary McKane’s Farfisa organ – once common in rock bands when the genre was in its infancy, it now confers the band an unusual aesthetic. Playing organ allows Mary to hold down the basslines of the songs as well as comp chords, while Russ Calderwood plays lead riffs and occasionally explodes into a fuzzy, tape-delay addled solo. Drummer Brett Swinney tends to make more use of his toms than his cymbals, giving his beats a propulsive and primal quality.”

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Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN)

The Art Leaders of Color Network is an ALAANA Centered organization meant to produce, present, and promote the work of self-identified leaders within the Arts. ALCN’s mission is to deliver critical presentation insights and initiatives that enlighten and empower artists/ audiences/ critics/ producers/ venues/ donors & funders to seek and support arts programming by creatives of color.

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Scrabble Showdown

The Scrabble Showdown was a benefit for the 2010 MAAF.

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Life in Progress (LIP)

AnySquared asked artists to explore definitions of progress, visions of progress, or critiques of “progress,” as well as how we progress (in our work, in our art, in our communities, as human beings, in the world, in the city, etc.).

LIP showcases answers through two curated group art exhibitions, a video screening and an open studio/artmaking day at venues that are part of the current landscape of the Logan Square neighborhood.

LIP Series | PHOTOS
• Oct 17 AnyPlace Opening Photos & Benefit for Larry Green
 Oct 8th Unfinished Exhibition Opening Photos
 Oct 4th Anysquared Crew Installation Photos

AnySquared’s LIP Series was selected as a Featured Program — one of twelve highlighted during Chicago Artists Month. The annual celebration of Chicago’s visual art community includes over 200 events throughout the city. 

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Trek Talk with Mary & Brett
Your one-stop shop for Trek Talk! Deep insights about trials and tribulations of the crew of the starship Enterprise.
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Because Art

Web Publication Released 9/2014

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Anysquared

AnySquared is an all-volunteer collaborative and artists network headquartered at AnyWhere Space in Chicago. Propelled by a deep sense of cooperation with artists, neighbors and the wider community, our mission is to support, produce and promote collaborative projects that facilitate arts activities through inclusive participation. Our foundation is built upon the idea that we can do anything as long as we do it together. 

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Art. Swap. Meet.

ART. SWAP. MEET!
An Artist Networking Event & AnySquared Residency Closing Party

Saturday, November 15, 6:30pm – 10pm
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee


How to Art. Swap. Meet.?

1. Bring a Piece of Art
2. Grab a Number
3. Meet Artists/Swap Art (swap begins at 7:30)
4. Take Home New Art

ARTISTS PARTICIPATE!
Join AnySquared at this event where artists & neighbors mix, mingle, and swap art!  Bring your art, grab a random number at the door. We’ll display it for everyone to see. After 7:30pm, we begin drawing numbers. When your number is called, select a piece from the pool of art displayed, meet the artist who you’ve selected, and take home their work. You’ll also meet the artist who picks your piece to take home!

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The Lavender Menace Occupation (LMO)

Angela Fegan
Brett Swinney

The Lavender Menace Occupation (LMO) was developed from the lavender menace poster project: a series of posters and other text-based artworks that utilize letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and laser cut text, to address queer visibility politics while creating art objects that are easily distributed through an invisible network of participants. The goal is to make works that speak to a marginalized population while also enlisting them to engage with and distribute the work outside of the white cube gallery space. We will coordinate a series of public interventions through installations in public bathrooms and distributing public surveys as a means to create content for publication and empower further communal action and participation. Through the collection of surveys, we will produce a publication on social practice-based strategies that can be used to elevate causes related to social justice. The publication will present the scope of the lavender menace project while serving as a resource for artists and activists interested in using printmaking as a form of subversion.

Click here to view the Lavender Menace Occupation Manual.

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Photos

Life and times and stuff.

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Care 2 Share: A Benefit for Chicago House

Care 2 Share: a Benefit for Supplies for the Scattered-Site Housing Department at Chicago House.

Join us for a night of storytelling and music in order to benefit Chicago House’s Scattered-Site Housing Department, which provides rental assistance and support services to community members experiencing homelessness and chronic illness throughout the Chicagoland area. We have invited storytellers, artists and members of the community to share stories of love, loss, and the enduring spirit of compassion that lays the foundation of organizations like the Chicago House. Sounds for the night will be provided by the luminescent Angel Bat Dawid who will help push those stories from the stage and straight into your heart. Care 2 Share is not only a question to our performers to open up about their lives and experiences but it is also a call to action for the audience and members of the community to contribute their support to the staff of the Chicago House so they can better serve their clients and people in need within the greater Chicagoland area.

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Analogues
Friday, April 29, 2016 to Thursday, May 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 6-9:30pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Analogues, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring work by Hannah GivlerErika Råberg, and Woomin Kim, curated by Brett Swinney.

Analogues explores the augmented, subjective experience. An analogue refers to something similar in function but of dissimilar evolutionary origin. Analogues seeks to present those tangential interactions as examples of a collectively inspired, yet often insulated, creative process. Each artistic technique featured in the show takes from the common vocabulary of being, instantiating, nonetheless, a distinct language.

While the subjective is often defined by context, Analogues introduces a sense of displacement that amplifies the necessity of the artist’s role. Hannah Givler’s instinctive sculptures investigate the phenomenological experience between space, objects, and systems of value. Woomin Kim’s remade objects become testimonials to haptic memory. Erika Råberg creates still narratives that unveil the tension within family bonds. The show challenges the stillness of meaning as the artworks come together embedded with a wide variety of connotations. The dialogue shaped by these works illustrates the amplitude of the creative process, with Givler’s response to touch and tone, Kim’s relishing in contact and memory, and Råberg’s celebration of sight and sound. Although independent from each other, they maintain compelling conversations, endlessly creating fractals within the relationships, both between artists, their work, and the world at large.

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