Category Archives: Interviews

Interview – Michael T. Rea

It’s always nice to see successful art that is also instantly approachable, and Chicago sculptor Michael T. Rea makes the kind of art. If you’ve been to the last two NEXT fairs at the Merchandise Mart, you’ve probably seen some of his work; and if not, then certainly at Western Exhibition’s The Power of Selection, part 1. Rea’s […]

Interview – Jessie Mott

Jessie Mott graduated from Northwestern University this Spring with a fresh new MFA, and I know that for sure because she was recently included in the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition of fresh new MFA holders called Ground Floor. I visited Mott at her new studio in Edgewater to meet her dog and talk to her about […]

Interview – Nick Gilhool on casting Bravo’s Work of Art, Season 2

I got on the phone this week with Nick Gilhool, senior vice president in casting for Magical Elves, and the guy who will be bringing Work of Art’s casting call to Chicago next Friday and maybe a few Chicago artists to Work of Art. You may remember him from this interview he did last year with Art […]

Interview – Montgomery Perry Smith

Last week I visited the studio of Chicago artist Montgomery Perry Smith, who’s captain-of-industry name gives good cover for a delicate and softly disturbing fiber-heavy sculpture practice. I’d first run into his work at a show at the (now closed) Humboldt Park apartment gallery MVSEVM, where his interactive papasan-and-felt sculpture Soul Searching was a complete creepy […]

Interview: Shawnee Barton

I recently interviewed artist Shawnee Barton for a short profile piece @ Newcity. Here’s the whole interview here. Lets talk about your new show Artist: Unemployed at LivingRoom gallery, which addresses your experience as an artist during the current recession. How has the function of your practice changed since day jobs started disappearing? On a practical […]

Interview: Brennan McGaffey

Brennan McGaffey quietly maintains one of the most interesting art practices in the city of Chicago, creating interactive, mysterious urban interjections with his Intermod Series. Enjoy the interview, a Chicago Art Review first. Tell me a little about yourself and the history and goals of the Intermod Series. What other projects were involved? Around 1999 […]