A short interview/write-up for the NWI Post Tribune by Joseph S. Pete:
Kelly Kacsynski, Julia Klein and Nancy Shaver @ Songs for Presidents

Songs for Presidents, a new artists-run space in Bushwick hosts 'Plant Stand' - Kelly Kacsynski, Julia Klein and Nancy Shaver.
- 'Art or idiocy' interviews Isak Applin, Carl Baratta and Oli Watt -
Leading up to 'They Pass Unseen In the World', Art or Idiocy 'interviewed' (there is only one question) collaborators Isak Applin, Carl Baratta and Oli Watt about their working process used in realizing the group of woodcut prints shown in the exhibition.

Interview - Baratta / Applin / Watt
Carl Baratta Interviewed on Bad At Sports:
Lauren Ball in NewCity's Eye Exam:
Eye Exam: Midwesterners Do It in Secret - Jason Foumberg muses on artistic appropriation as a Midwestern tradition: Ray Yoshida, Lauren Ball and the exhibition “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation” at the Hyde Park Art Center -
'Sweet Water' New work by Carl Baratta
Opening Friday @ Lloyd Dobler

'Sweet Water' New work by Carl Baratta

March 2 - April 28, 2012

Opening Reception: March 2, 6 - 10 PM
'Streams & Fallen Trees', wordworks and drawings by l.h.sven johnson
Opening this Friday, march 2, 6-9 PM @ werkspace, 2556 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60622. Open Saturdays 12-5pm or by appointment.
Pedro Vélez takes an upbeat look at the Chicago Art Scene with a new column on
Ian Pedigo: A Mouth Which Shouts is a Cave for the Hand

65GRAND is pleased to present Ian Pedigo in his third exhibition with the gallery.

The exhibition's title, A Mouth Which Shouts is a Cave for the Hand, refers to a quote by Johann Gottfried von Herder regarding tactility in Neo-classical sculpture - the sense of touch makes an art object more prone to inciting a sense of gruesomeness or disgust as opposed to a purely visual sensation.

April 8 - May 7, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday April 8 (7-10:00pm)

Opening tonight @ 65Grand ......

Brian Kapernekas: Shapeshifter

September 24 - October 30, 2010

Opening Reception in new location: Friday, September 24 (7-10PM)

65GRAND is pleased to present Brian Kapernekas in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. His new body of work, featuring paintings and constructions oscillate between narrative and non-narrative structures and between representational and the non-representational.

Kapernekas' omnivorous practice defies seriality and has recently led him into an exploration of archaic technologies on the brink of obsolescence, ranging from blacksmithing and stone masonry (Smithy, Freemason) to the vinyl LP (Record).

His re-articulation of these artifacts leads to their reinvention, with his subject informing his process just as much as his process becomes his subject. Some surfaces are built up using burlap shapes and thick oil paint, often eschewing the paintbrush for the finger or comb, and others are bound by string, rope and screen, with a terrific amount of tension constraining an incredible spatial depth.

By conflating art and life, medium and subject, and indeed personal narrative with a shared historical one, Kapernekas has created a body of work that, like the titular shapeshifter, seems able to change form at will.

Brian Kapernekas received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, both in painting. A 2004 Artadia award recipient, his previous Chicago exhibitions include shows at VONZWECK in 2005, COMA in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Northern Illinois University Art Museum in 2007 and the Hyde Park Art Center in 2009. Recently, he has exhibited at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis in 2008, and Proof Gallery, Boston and Fountain, Brooklyn, both in 2009.

"Keepin' It Real" Artist Workshop on Career Development @ Paul Henry's Art Gallery

"Keepin' It Real" at Paul Henry's Art Gallery was well attended. The food was great, the talk was great and a good time was had by all.

Stay tuned for future events......

Dave Mueller
Paul Henry's Art Gallery
416 Sibley, Hammond, IN