“Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character presents forty-five years of work by this distinguished Chicago-based painter and draftsman. The exhibition, however, is not a conventional retrospective. Rather, it celebrates Nutt’s extraordinary achievement by focusing on the work of the past 20 years—his haunting and meticulously rendered portraits of imaginary women. A selection of earlier paintings and drawings is presented to showcase the artist’s unique creativity and trace the development of the imagery and formal devices Nutt has perfected in the ongoing portrait series. The exhibition, which is laid out roughly chronologically, also pairs a number of paintings with their graphite-on-paper studies in order to better elucidate Nutt’s artistic process.”

Snooper Trooper, 1967
Acrylic on Plexiglas, aluminum and steel; enamel on wood frame
39 x 21 in. (99 x 84.3 cm)
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


“The imaginary portraits, so called because they are in the traditional format of a portrait while the figures come completely from Nutt’s vibrant imagination, are generally squarish in shape and modest in scale. They emerged in the mid-1980s, at which time Nutt’s titles became evocative but nonspecific one-syllable words, and explore the nature of line, color, and other formal interests within the motif of arresting and highly stylized faces. The luminous compositions are further enhanced by the dynamic relationship that occurs between the image and the artist-designed or painted frames, a long-standing characteristic of Nutt’s work.

This exhibition is organized by Lynne Warren, Curator.” mcachicago.org


Wiggly Woman, 1966
Acrylic on Plexiglas; aluminum frame
16 1/16 x 12 1/16 in. (40.7 x 30.5 cm)
Collection of Peter Dallos, Wilmette, Illinois
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago



“Japanese designer Hideki Ohmori says, “I get inspiration from imagining someone holding a camera, imagining that finally someone will get to see the world one wanted to see through the lens.” The roots of his Blackbird, Fly, a twin-lens reflex camera, harken back to the 1920s. One lens is used to expose the film, and the other is used like a viewfinder. Unlike most twin-lens reflex cameras, however, Blackbird, Fly doesn’t require 120mm film-it uses more readily available 35mm film. Pictures may be taken two different ways (at waist level, or through the sportsfinder at eye level), and framed three ways: in standard 35mm format (24×36), or use the provided mask to take square pictures in 24×24 or the extra-large 36×36 size.

For daytime shooting, you can alternate between apertures f/7 and f/11, with a shutter speed of 1/125. At night, you can switch the shutter to B-mode to let in as much light as you might need, or you can also attach a flash for even more possibilities. Variable focusing, from 0.8 meters (2.6 feet), makes for a sharp subject. The Blackbird fly uses a wide-angle 33mm lens and also allows you to take multiple exposures on the same frame. Includes camera strap and lens cap strap, instruction manual, warranty card, and two mask frames.

Plastic. 5″ tall x 3″ wide x 3.25″ deep.
8″ tall x 7.25″ wide photo book also available for $14.”
from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Store

• Colors: Blue, Black, White, Red or Orange
• Lens: f7 33mm/ photo lens
• Shutter speed: 1/125
• Aperture: f7 (cloudy) f11 (fine weather)
• Focus: Visual distance estimated measurement (0.8/1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/10/∞)
• Weight: Body/210g., Case/ 130g.
• Film type: 135 (35mm) film
• Camera type: 35mm twin lens reflex
• Formats: Normal (24x36mm), Square (24x24mm), Full (no frame)
• Manual: Japanese


These beauties are available from Ohmori’s toy company, Superheadz or at the following locations:



North America

MCA store
Japan Trend Shop

— Anthony P. Munoz

Pizza Dog Monster Explosion
October 18
8:00 PM

Admission free, donations accepted
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave

“Pizza Dog is a small dog that loves pizza, and can never stop ordering it. Some say that Pizza Dog was born with a pizza in his hand.”

On October 18, Roots & Culture will host the Pizza Dog Monster Explosion, celebrating one year of Pizza Dog’s daily GIF-of-the-day animations. The evening’s program features an exquisite pizza-corpse workshop and a pizza party, and of course lots and lots of Pizza Dog animation. Attendees are encouraged to wear pizza or monster-themed attire.

Pizza Dog is the name given to work that is created using a specific type of exquisite corpse. Since the first Pizza Dog comics in 2006, the original collective has expanded the ideas behind their comics creation into the area of performance, collaborative experimental DJ’ing, pizza parties, and live interactive animation. Pizza Dog is an invitation to participate in an attempt to destroy the ego and celebrate the zeitgeist using mindless surrealist techniques. We can only truly learn from what we initially consider to be absurd.

Programming at Roots & Culture is funded by grants from The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, and The Illinois Arts Council, an Agency of the State of Illinois.


Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 n Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
hours: Thurs. & Fri 4p-7p, Sat 12p-6p

— Anthony P. Munoz

threewalls announces SOLO application deadline: October 31, 2008

CHICAGO: SOLO, the exhibition program implemented last year in gallery 2A, at 119 N Peoria, has moved into threewalls main space at gallery 2D. The deadline for exhibition opportunities in spring/fall 2009 is post-mark October 31, 2008.

Now in its second year, SOLO is an opportunity for artists at all stages in their career to apply for a solo exhibition. Applications are juried by a rotating committee of 15+ artists, independent curators, critics, administrators, educators and historians from the Chicago area. This year the program has been opened up to artists in the greater Illinois area, NW Indiana, SW Michigan and SE Wisconsin. Please visit our new website for details and application forms. Artists, collaboratives and collectives working in all mediums are encouraged to apply.

With an already proven track record for presenting exciting, emerging artists, public discussions, presentations and collaborations with local curators and exhibition venues, threewalls is dedicated to serving the Chicago visual arts community. Please check our new website for more information about our revamped programming and our new bookstore.

Founded in 2003, threewalls opened in Chicago’s West Loop gallery district as a unique not-for-profit focused on bringing emerging artists to Chicago to make new work and exhibit as a part of a fellowship program that supports five artists and their solo exhibitions each year. Now in its fifth year, threewalls continues to host resident artists, program SOLO exhibitions for area artists, hold salons and a yearly symposium and publish Paper & Carriage and Phonebook in conjunction with Green Lantern Press. threewalls aims to provide opportunities for experimentation, chance, critical dialogue and context for artists, curators and writers who are at pivotal points in their careers.

threewalls | 119 n. peoria #2d | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.432.3972 | info@three-walls.org

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This Months Artist In Action:

Melissa Kolbusz of [wired] will be working on her latest collection of jewelry at 4Art Gallery on Saturday October 18th from 1pm-3pm.

This hand punched necklace is made from the rubber labels of a popular brand of liquor and connected with scrap steel spring cuts salvaged from a Chicago recycling company. Since it’s hard to make all those tiny little punches while drunk, we’re leaving the drinking to the many patrons of local music venue Metro, who is partnering with [wired] to collect the empties.

Melissa’s collection are always on display during our 2nd Fridays Artists receptions 6pm-10pm.

Contact Us

4Art Inc Gallery 1932 S. Halsted

phone: 312-850-1816

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Guest artist Ami Sugar, a Chicago-based art director, contributes a new skate board design based on a recent painting of hers.

We’re happy to add it to the Cheeta Fight Board collection.

Our boards are the perfect competition shape and construction for all terrains. These boards got supreme pop! The best quality hard-rock maple decks and an unrivaled patent-pending printing process make this the best skateboard available in the world.

All our artwork is shown on 8 1/2″ maple deck. You can customize any design and apply it to 8 different board styles – starting at $59.95.

— Anthony P. Munoz

Pilsen has been an artist Mecca since the Podmajersky family started remaking the Halsted & 18th Street area decades ago. The more formal emergence of the Chicago Art District a few years ago has helped draw more and more young artists to the area.

The Pilsen neighborhood (Ashland east to Chinatown and Roosevelt south to Blue Island) and the Heart of Chicago Neighborhood (Western east to Ashland and Roosevelt south to Blue Island) are slowly changing as the swelling artist population has encouraged the opening of coffee houses, cafes, hip resale stores and mixed-use art studio/book stores/music venues.


Saturday we stopped by the grand opening of the No Coast store in Pilsen. There were performances by These Are Powers, Future Islands, and Radical Passenger. They had a nice collection of printed material and independent music releases.

From their website:
“No Coast is a multi-use space and art studio in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s south side.
We believe that the products and processes of creative practice should be accessible to whomever is interested in them. We strive to be generous with our time, our tools, and our talents in order to create a nurturing, open, & collaborative community. Our specialties are fiber arts and printmaking, but our practice is inclusive of creating, showing, and discussing many different media.

No Coast is located at the corner of 17th and Laflin Streets in Chicago. We are just a few blocks from the 18th St. L station (Pink Line) and the Blue Island, Ashland and 16th/18th St. buses.”

1500 West 17th Street
Chicago, IL 60608


A few days earlier we visited Golden Age a recent addition to the Heart of Chicago stretch of 18th. 

They also have a nice selection of printed material and independent music. Check out their webshop

1744 West 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608


–Anthony P. Munoz