Friday, June 21, 2013

Everybody get up, it’s time to sLam now

Happy summer solstice! (To the southern hemisphere folks: Happy winter solstice, although I’ll still wish you a happy summer solstice as well because summer.) I’m back, un-jetlagged, and bear happy news (happy!):

Artists on the Lam has been named the “Best Local Visual Arts Blog” in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago issue! It’s so crazy / such a great honor especially when I consider how established the runner-up is. (While this blog has posts like this and this.) Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted! You can view the issue online and / or pick up a copy at newsstands.

On Saturday I conducted portfolio reviews at Sixty Inches From Center and WBEZ’s “Get Archived!” event. I had so much fun meeting artists and seeing their work. I also had fun doing things like this. (I wish everyone could’ve witnessed, firsthand, just how much SIFC co-founder Tempestt Hazel giggled while she took and uploaded that photo.) (A photo that, I’d say, sums me up pretty well.)

And that little trip I got back from…

Inside a Man Mo temple.

Ah, Hong Kong. My soulcity. From partying in a parking garage on the industrial outskirts of town to kickin’ it with a cousin in the infamously seedy Chungking Mansions, I micro-blogged about my adventures in the Fragrant Harbour on Facebook and Twitter. I also took plenty of photos, and you can check them out in the following albums:

The inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong:

Everything else (including the local art scene):

More about my trip to come. For now… here. Click on the cap below. Do it.

Oh hey.

Yep, that’s me at the first Art Basel Hong Kong Conversations panel. I ask my question / introduce myself at around 1 hr. 24 min. into the video.

Heads up:

Chicagoans: Next month, the Chicago Public Library will welcome the city’s first free Maker Space.” That means public access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and more.

East Coasters: The glorious giant inflatable rubber duck I saw in Hong Kong will be gracing Pittsburgh next. Also, go see this new mural by ICY and SOT, young street artists I interviewed several months ago:

ICY and SOT at Welling Court in Queens. (Photo by Lois Stavsky.)

            The revolution will not be televised.

Now, go out and enjoy summer! (Or winter and backwards-flushing toilets and unicorns.)

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