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Saturday’s Art Events

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by scratchyb

Collect-O-Rama was smaller than I expected, but still had plenty of weirdness to experience. This benefit for the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art was one-day only. Maybe they’ll have another next year. Saw lots of weird stuff there and I also picked up this nice Mexican bark painting.

From there we went to Replica Chicago‘s storefront opening at 4425 N. Milwaukee Avenue . It’s great to see indie businesses open up storefronts like this, a sign that the Chicago independent art and craft market  is doing pretty damn good. Head up and check this place out, and if you need anything screen-printed, keep them in mind!

If you haven’t been to the Oh No! Doom gallery yet, you should. Saturday was the opening of Relentless, which featured new work from Matthew Ryan Sharp, Tyler Coey, Yosiell Lorenzo, and Brent Nolasco. The exhibit’s up through June 7th, at 1800 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2012 by scratchyb

On Saturday I went to the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art to catch the last day of the Eugene Von Bruenchenhein exhibit, From the Wand of the Genii. I first discovered Von Bruenchenhein in the book Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds, which was recommended by a colleague.

While his fowl bone sculptures are fascinating, it’s his painting that captures my imagination.  The works on exhibit at Intuit were largely comprised of his towers, colorfully patterned fantastical architecture created with corrugated cardboard dipped into paint along the edges. But what really fascinates me are the paintings he did before 1960, in which you can make out some kind of primeval creatures and plant life in the midst of abstract, cosmic chaos. It’s positively Lovecraftian, in the greatest sense of the term.

A few years back I toyed with a novel about an artist who painted strange, almost maddening things. When I first saw a Von Bruenchenhein, I felt like I had seen the kind of painting I visualized my character producing. Seeing these paintings in person inspires me to take on that novel again.

More about Eugene Von Breunchenhein can be found at http://www.vonbruenchenhein.com/, and his works are also found at the Carl Hammer Gallery.