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Recently Published:

Image: A photo of Rise wearing a yellow sweater sitting on a grey couch in their home. They are looking directly at the camera. The wall behind them is teal. Photo by Ireashia Bennett.

Disabled Sanctuary: Interview with Rise

written by carrie sarah kaufman

Writer carrie sarah kaufman reflects on how isolation and staying home during the pandemic—which was initially met with confusion, complaining, and panic—is already an every day reality for many folks with disabilities.

"For those of us with disabilities who are fortunate enough to have a place to call home, home is often our sanctuary, if not the only place that feels safe and accessible to us," writes kaufman.

Read her first interview for the series with artist and writer Rise.

Image: Esau McGhee, Untitled Environmental Portrait #9, 2017. Found paper, screen print, and ink on archival paper, framed in poplar and maple by the artist, 24 x 24″. A framed, geometric piece of art that is made of of criss-crossing black lines on a white surface. The piece hangs on a white wall. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sweet Sweet Candyman

written by Carris Adams

Carris Adams focuses on the film Candyman's artworks and their relation to the movie's themes and the artists' practice.

"The artwork in this film speaks to these tendrils in addition to the plot. None of this work is meant to function as decor and the artists behind these pieces are creating with a higher purpose with complex interests. Whether it is an investigation of urban space or the conjuring of ancestral narratives, the work is that extra spice you can’t quite place," writes Adams.

Read more.

Image: Front of a scanned folded rave flyer from April 1, 2000. Multicolored, mostly green tie-dye background with various texts in different typefaces about ticket information, promotion teams, and DJ line up. Courtesy of All the Way Kay.

EXTENDED BREAKDOWN(s) with All the Way Kay

written by Jared Brown

EXTENDED BREAKDOWN(s) is a series of interviews and prose by Jared Brown unearthing niche, often undocumented histories within Chicago’s dissipating nightlife (pre-pandemic).

In this iteration, Brown talks to multidisciplinary artist and DJ All the Way Kay, a multidisciplinary artist born and currently based in Chicago. They’re currently a resident DJ at Beauty Bar, Emporium, The Ace Hotel, E3 Radio, and Vocalo Radio.

Read the full interview.

From the Archives:

Image: Virgil Abloh (at left) posing for photographs and media in front of his mural for the MCA exhibit Figures of Speech. Photo by Ryan Edmund Thiel.

What’s Your Logo, Virgil Abloh?

written by Noa/h Fields

In November, Chicago and the rest of the world lost the iconic designer Virgil Abloh. We revisit this article by Noa/h Fields in response to Abloh's exhibition Figures of Speech at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2019.

"If we are to understand logos as figures of speech, then we must trace their messaging on our bodies. We are subjected to logos more or less 24/7, but are we the subject of logos? Do logos express our subjectivity? Is there space for authenticity within logo culture? Abloh remixes and samples revered logos from Nike Air to Vuitton, unmaking in order to expose their conceptual significations and limitations, especially in relation to race," writes Fields.

Read more.

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