Just returned from an epic car ride with Orvokki from North Carolina to Chicago to Pittsburgh and back to NC. Set up some of my work in a group show at Heaven Gallery on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, called "In That Gold Land". The show was put together by the raddest human I know, Thad Kellstadt, and was sponsored by Harold Arts. "In That Gold Land" featured work by Erika and Heidi Anderson, Corey Antis, Matt Barton, Jacob Ciocci, Stephen Eichhorn, Allison Grant, Adam Grossi, Jesse Hulcher, Thad Kellstadt, Ladyboy, Jim Lingo, Kevin Molloy, Jae Ruberton, Molly Schafer, Bill Thelen, Josh Tonies, Frank Van Duerm, Nicholas Wylie, and myself.
The night before the show opened on the 16th, Thad's lady friend, Jesse McLean had an opening for her solo show at Three Walls in Chicago. We also checked out the new contemporary wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yikes! It was ok, but totally packed as you would imagine, and there was a stage right outside the entrance with bad music blaring. Made it even more difficult to get into the art. Also, Orvokki and I had just been to the MCA in Chicago to see the Buckminster Fuller show and the Olafur Eliason installation, which we thought was beautiful. After the Heaven opening we drove from Chicago to Pittsburgh, and got a sneak peek at Josh Tonies recent wall painting at the Mattress Factory annex in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood of PGH. -Jerstin Crosby
Back in my day, internet copies were only a penny!
Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park
Jim Lingo , 74 sharpie drawings, Lingo is from Pittsburgh, and was playing the night before this in Chicago with his band Centipede Eest.
Thad Kellstadt: Viking, Curator of this show, Good dude
Lincoln: Viking, Satanic, and only $39
Random photos for sell, like at the fair 1 for $5, 5 for $20
"Flippin the burger", my first attempt at animatronics, the middle finger goes up and down very subtley, as to say 'hello'.
Four nice ones from Kellstadt, crystal streets
Adam Grossi, resides in Chicago, bueno
Erika Anderson, they're sisters, if you didn't notice
More Heidi I believe, kind of confused, sorry ladies
Lump Lipshitz in the building aka Bill Thelen, founder of Lump
Jacob Ciocci from Paperrad
Its nice how Jacobs videos and paintings melt together
Jesse Hulcher, first time meeting JH, hope its not the last, this is a screen shot from one of his two web pieces in the show
Really nice screenprint from Ladyboy
Jae Ruberto cont'd
Thad hits the streets , detail shot
I want to live in this painting.
This is one of my paintings on canvas from the Community News and Events bulletin board,.....I know what you did last summer.
Outreach feels good
I guess they were looking for something to do later.
A cordial meeting between strangers.
Matt Barton, former Pittsburghian, made this block party suitcase. Hard to tell from the photo but it blares booty music, and has a strobe in the back, all the characters move up and down to music...seriously.
Raddy McRadderson, Josh Tonies, 3 paintings
Orvokki and I stopped by to see the Olafur Eliason installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. This room soaked all color out of everything. Her bright red pants were gray.
Nicholas Wylie, of Harold Arts. They sponsored the show at Heaven. Good people.
Jesse McLean, of the power duo, Thad n' Jesse. She has some great video installations at Three Walls right now.
The other Thad n' Jesse
Ben Russell, Chicago-based artist in front of the Jacob Ciocci / Jim Lingo collab paintings.
We head for Pittsburgh on our long vehicular journey.
Don't be bitin'!
We met up with Josh Tonies after his flight back to Pittsburgh to check out his wall painting at the Mattress Factory annex in the Mexican War Streets.
Its based on several experiences, some images he shot from a plane and a firework display he saw outside his studio where he lives and works in the town of Braddock outside PGH.
Josh had a very short time to install all new work at the MF. It's an annual show called Gesture, where they invite artists at the last minute to create some site- specific work.
Goodbye roadtrip, goodbye big oil and AAA trip tik
Words and photos: Jerstin Crosby
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