what did we associate

on thursday i walked into the PEARL PAINT here in chicago

(225 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60654
312 915 0200
store hours: mon - sat 9:00 - 7:00 sunday 12:00 - 5:00)

and felt at home

i couldn't believe the strange sensation of feeling at ease and familiar simply because i was in an art store (and a pearl paint too) again.

and i had the notion that parsons only had me stressed, strung out and tense. apparently i subconsciously associate art stores not with (as i would assume and still very consciously do) deadlines, rushing work, frantically gathering supplies and worrying about expenses on materials - but with being secure, comfortable and belonging.

side note//blogspot layout temporarily dysfunctional as what should be on the left hand side next to blog posts is currently on the left hand side at the bottom beneath them. trying to figure it out.

what did we LOVE: PAPER SOURCE

the most amazing stationary store ever.

ooooo ahhhh paper

rubber stamps and such


chicago - river north
232 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
312 337 0798

mon - fri 10:00 - 7:00
saturday 10:00 - 6:00
sunday 11:00 - 5:00

something inside me melts with happiness at this discovery of such an amazing place.
apparently there are locations allll over the states but none in ny sadly. (not that we don't have amazing stationary stores too. but not quite the same as here i feel)

anyway - i had to seriously hold back from purchasing anything.


sweet dreams

i don't really know how i feel about x rated dessert/veggie action..but otherwise this video is pretty cute.

sweet dreams by kirsten lepore

a trim

what did we gallery hop


may 28 i covered a great deal of ground in chicago. i can't remember the last time i was walking and on my feet for so long continuously. i think i'm going to mark it as a first time personal achievement the fact that i managed to visit some thirty-two galleries in a day. (10:50 AM - 5:30 PM for six hours forty minutes? whoa) the following six galleries i think count as my top six.

(i will be focusing on the actual gallery itself and not the artists shown for this post, but there really is a lot to say after my excursion out yesterday)

325 W Huron, IL, 60610
mon - fri 10 - 5:30, sat 11 - 5:30
current exhibition: cheonae kim

the gallery space is amazing, open and large with high ceilings and great partitions. i also love the well spaced out pieces and the gallery guide was clever in that it follows your natural progression throughout the space. shows contemporary artists.

311 W. Superior, Ste. 404, IL, 60654
wed - sat 11:00 - 6:00
current exhibtion: marvin e. newman and yasuhiro ishimoto

both stephen daiter gallery and daiter contemporary are photography galleries. the former focuses on more vintage, older schools of photography and the latter shows work by young, up and coming photographers. both spaces are connected and though about medium sized, there is still a good formation of partioning and space.

300 W. Superior, Chicago, IL, 60654
tue - sat 10:00 to 5:30
current exhibtion: molly briggs, also on show (personal fav. amy casey)

in a basement space, medium sized and in a building full of galleries (i think some five galleries in the one place), zg gallery makes an effort to show contemporary artists in their best light and i appreciate solo shows with only a few additional showing artists sectioned off.

740 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL, 60654
tue - sat 11:00 - 5:00
current exhibiton: group including michael kessler, alicia lachance, cheryl warrick, kathleen waterloo

extremely friendly and nice gallery owner and a well curated and selected exhibition of artists that though similar, appropriate for a group show, have clearly individual style. larger space with a number of smaller "rooms" sectioned off. this sense of ease and comfort when viewing. particularly good show (more on later). contemporary paintings.

210 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, 60610
mon - sat 10:00 - 5:30
current exhibtion: absence and presence: the realm of feminine identity (group show)

great large space with two main rooms with tall ceilings, large windows, lots of floor. prominent space on chicago ave, not too many works cluttered or featured inside. contemporary new artists work in a variety of media.

739 N. Wells, Chicago, IL, 60654
tue - sat 10:00 - 5:30
current exhibition: group exhibition

not too large of a space but is two levels with a variety of contemporary artists on show in a definitely wider spectrum of style and media. not sure if it's the appropriate word, but "quaint" comes to mind, it has a very neighborhood, off the street odd gem feeling to it. gallery owner plays classical music quietyly in background which is a nice change to silence or the strange galleries that chose to play the radio...


(more formal flats i need/want for summer)


(yaaaay sneakers in spring pastel colors)

(mmm more pastels and baseball tees)


(i like stripes / pockets and the right photo looks like a black dress i own)

(more stripes! i think di is influencing me towards bagginess..)


so my good friend love-di introduced me to the fobbiest clothing website i know. but it's very very cute. all the models (i think they're all korean. maybe all asian) are really skinny, very cute - (i don't know another word for cute here) and pose in the most absolutely fobbiest ways possible in the most "awww" photoshoots.

these twenty-six photos are the twenty-six things i liked and would want from this site. i flipped through one-pieces, outer pieces, t shirts, and shoes....there are a lot of pages.

go go go ^ _ ^v ("KIMCHIII")

(ooo grey)


(and bright colors too?)

(yay skirts and shorts i never wear)


(baggy grey. i sense a trend. color --> grey --> color --> grey)

(baggy one pieces much love <3 <3)


(last three!)

can't wait to shop in HK (hopefully good cheap variety of clothing...)






Untitled (Antler Box) 2006 Untitled (Black Elk Pair) 2009

March Swanson was born in Connecticut in 1969 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has recently been purchased by MOMA, NY and the Miami Art Museum and he has shown in exhibitions in New York, Florida, London and Cornell University. He is known for artwork made out of a variety of media: raw wood, gold chain, mirrors, photographs, light, fabric, naturally-shed animal antlers, rhinestones and blown glass. (information taken from Richard Gray Gallery exhibition flyer) Various themes in his work are the ideas of kitsch, mysticism, nostalgia and futurism. He (like Olafur Eliason) explores the use of light, reflections, shadows, metallic chains, stones and cloth.

i'm not sure how much i truly like his work or have sincerely analyzed it, but the rhinestone encrusted deer head was honestly fascinating and entirely rivetting. i actually quite like the combination of nature inspired work with more futuristic or modern elements. i'm also growing to really consider this idea of light and shadow, how the audience approaches a piece of art and how that piece of art is exhibited more and more. spacing, placement, the consideration of the curator actually deeply influences how a viewer interprets the piece.

A Place In The Sun 2008 - 2009 Untitled (Black Fabric with Chains) 2008 - 2009

today i spent time in the michagan ave area of chicago gallery hopping. i'd like to say i got quite a bit done - tomorrow it's time for river north area. more gallery reflections to come.