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LA McMONA Prints by Carlos Barberena

04/02/2016 in Artwork and Shows, Events


LA McMONA” Prints by Carlos Barberena
Opening: April 7th, 7pm-10pm at IPaintMyMind Gallery
“La McMona” is a provocative collection of linocuts and Woodcuts that confront social and ecological injustices with our consumerist society. Barberena uses images from pop culture, from present and past day societies, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He uses past artworks and manipulates them to re-contextualize the meaning from a present day point of view. By examining the elements that are destroying our culture, society and people; while exploring our complicity with such forces. He is trying to challenge the status quo in this “fast food society” making satirical relief prints that emphasize both concept and craft.

Opening: April 7th, 7pm-10pm at IPaintMyMind Gallery
@ Green Exchange 2545 W Diversey, Chicago, IL.
Drinks by ‪#‎Arbor‬ & tunes by Sev Seveer. Hope to see you there.

“…The contrast and line work that are featured in Carlos Barberena’s linocut prints create a stark and magnetic feel. As soon as I saw that he had a political angle on the way Latin America experiences multinational corporations, well, I was in. The McDonald’s Mona Lisa couldn’t be a better representation of the ways in which the promise of profits leaves a lot to be desired in developing nations. How one gets out from under the boot or the board room is up for debate, but it’s clear to anyone living south of the Rio Grande that corporate involvement everywhere from Mexico to Argentina (and it’s not confined by this hemisphere, mind you) is a lot more dubious than the platitudes offered up by notions of free-trade & GDP.

Between the detail, the social commentary, and the beautiful aesthetics of relief, Carlos Barberena is a testament to the thriving creative scene the city of Chicago upholds. Our neighborhoods need to share more, but it’s great to see an artist like Carlos get attention for his skillful linocut conquests of corporate-speak…” /Evan La Ruffa/Exec Director & Lead Curator at IPaintMyMind Gallery.

This exhibit is part of a celebration of Latino creativity in Chicago that will be held at 40 local institutions including IPaintMyMind Gallery, in conjunction with the “Re-Imaging Global Intersections Fifth Biennial Conference & the Spring of Latino Art:


01/05/2016 in CPG Meeting, Events

Hear this now: We have a date and a venue for the January 2016 CPG meeting.

Venue: Elke Works / Evil Scientist at 2334 West Nelson, 2nd Floor
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Time: Doors at 7pm, Meeting at 7:30
Show up and participate in the election of the new board for 2016…or if we don’t get some more people willing to be on the board show up and witness the dismantling of the board as the CPG returns to anarchy. Either way it should be fun.
Elke’s shop has two etching presses and screenprinting equipment. She will be displaying and talking about some of her work. Part of the space is also used as a woodshop for a guitar maker (we might be able to take a peek at this area). The shop is located one block south of Belmont and just a bit east of Western. Please note it is only accessible from Western going north. There’s a neon sign in the window that says “Evil Scientist”.
Please check out Elke’s websites and And be sure to thank her for volunteering to host the meeting. if you’re nice she might provide you with coffee and donuts during the meeting.

November CPG Meeting at CPC

11/01/2015 in Events

Something different this month: CPG meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of the month. We’re making an exception this month so we can see the new print shop of Deb’s Chicago Printmakers Collaborative.

Date and Time: Tuesday November. Doors at 7pm, meeting at 7:30pm

New address: 4912 North Western

2nd Terrain Biennial

08/11/2015 in Events

We are super excited to be participating in this awesome neighborhood art event in Oak Park, if you have time come on out, this will be rad!


081115.terrainbiennial.image The 2nd Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site specific art made for front yards, balconies and porches. Centered in the historic village of Oak Park, Illinois, the Biennial will open on Sunday, August 23rd and run until September 30th, 2015.  Terrain Exhibitions first opened in 2011 and is committed to producing spontaneous interactions between the viewers and artworks by creating opportunities for artists to make site responsive installations that redefine the definition of public art.  In a massive expansion for the 2nd Biennial, Terrain has reached out to sites all across the country as well as internationally.  This year, the Biennial will include cities in Illinois near Oak Park–Chicago, Riverside, River Forest and Morris as well as traversing states and countries such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Memphis and Knoxville Tennessee; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Ashville, North Carolina; Dallas Texas; Oakland and Los Angeles, California; Viborg, Denmark; Ontario, Canada and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 75 artists and 3 collectives are creating site interventions at 60 locations. An interactive website will provide access to information, documentation and additional events for all sites. The 2nd Terrain Biennial is supported by a 2014 Propeller Fund Grant, the Guggenheim Foundation and a community supported Hatchfund Campaign.

Opening reception and performances will be held on August 23 from 3-10PM @ 704 Highland Ave, Oak Park, IL: Performers include Aram Han Sifuentes, Sarah Beth Woods/ Tracers; True Touch Spa/ Rachel Ellison; Fatimata Traore; Holly Rae Harell; Caleb Yono; Allie Zuckerman; The Haxan 5 with Bruce Neal, Sean DeSantis, Matt Silcock, Catie Olson and EC Brown and DJ dance event by Chances Dances. Bad at Sports will host a talk show project throughout the day @ Terrain and Inside the Artist Kitchen will host a pie eating (and throwing) event.

Participating curators include: Jacqueline Chao, Matt Morris, Allison Peters Quinn, Shannon Stratton, Jason Foumberg, Neysa Page- Lieberman, Karsten Lund, Alexandria Eregbu, Richard Holland, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Scott Hunter, Tom Burtonwood, Claudine Ise, Tony Tasset and Judy Legerwood, Danny Orendorff, Anne Harris, Melissa Potter, Teresa Silva, Cecilia L. Vargas, Julia Klein, Leslie Baum, Caroline Picard, Allison Glenn, Karen Azarnia, Tricia Van Eck, Industry of the Ordinary, Joanne Aono, MIchelle Grabner, T.J.Donovan, Ron Laboray,  Joel Parsons, Sara-Jayne Parsons, Cara Megan Lewis, Mary Anna Pomonis, Angela Bryant, Matias Viegener, Maria Porges, Lauren D. Weinberg, Lise Haller Baggesen, Chelsea Middendorf.

Participating artists include: Aram Han Sifuentes, Emily Hermant, Sarah Beth Woods, Carmel Buckley, Robert Burnier, Aay Preston Myint, Vincent Uribe, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Lisa Boumstein-Smalley /Geoff Smalley/ Kevin Carney, Erin Toale, Alex Chitty, Fereshteh Toosi, Danny Giles, Faheem Majeed, Susy Giles, Sonnenzimmer, Noelle Allen, Karen Gubitz, Margot McMahan, Bernard Williams, Kate McQuillen, Edra Soto, Bobbi Meier, Pamela Fraser, Timothy Brown, Maria Ivanova, Heather Buechler, Amy Leners, Don Wibmer, Liz Isakson Dado, Maggie Puckett, Jillian Bruschera, Eden Unluata, Andreja Dugandzic, Victoria Martinez,  Stephanie Graham, Nora Maité Nieves, Laura Davis, Nicole Marroquin, Allison Wade, David Bodhi Boylan, Esau McGhee, Katy Kirbach, Jim Duignan, Sarah Mallin, Moises Salazar, Luftwerk, E.J.Hill, Danielle Chenette, Kate Ingold, Paul Druecke, Daviel Shy, Nora Hartlaub, Devin Balera, Josh Story, Corrina Ray, Terri Jones, Justin Bowles, Lindsay Breidenback, Melissa Dunn, Between Worlds Collaborative, Greely Myatt, John Payne, Terri Phillips.

CPG August Meeting…

07/28/2015 in Events, News

Members of the CPG…and those wanting to be members,

Our next monthly meeting is being held Wednesday, August 5 at the cozy letterpress studio of our host Vida Sacic. As usual the doors will open at 7pm and the meeting will start at 7:30. Vida will give a tour of her studio that includes a Vandercook 4 and an edited selection of wood and metal type. Examples of her work will also be presented.

The studio is located at 3759 N Ravenswood Ave #135A on the first floor of the industrial building on the corner of Ravenswood and Grace (behind the Trader Joe’s on Lincoln Ave). There is a buzzer with her name on it. Public Transit is easily accessible via Brown line Addison or Irving Park stop.

About Our Host:

Vida is a Chicago based artist, designer and educator who currently works primarily in the medium of letterpress. She received her M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Northeastern Illinois University.

Her letterpress work has been included in print exhibitions nation-wide and textbooks For the Love of Letterpress and Fingerprint No. 2: The Evolution of Handmade Elements in Graphic Design.

Sacic and her husband Jonathan have been chairing the AIGA Chicago Design Thinking speaker series since 2010. In 2013, the duo curated Designing Art at the Fine Art Center Gallery at Northeastern Illinois University. Designing Art is a graphic design exhibition that examines the intersections of fine art and graphic design practices




05/31/2015 in CPG Meeting, Events

All, please note that the June meeting that was scheduled for this Wednesday has been canceled. You’re on your own for print-related discussions this month.

The July meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 8. We will be emailing the group once we have confirmed a few things with the host.


04/28/2015 in Events, News

Hey, you

The next CPG meeting is right around the corner and it’s going to be something different but pretty damn cool…
May CPG meeting will be held at the Chicago Design Museum
Wednesday May 6. 7pm doors, meeting starts at 7:30pm
Before and after the meeting CPG member will get a chance to check out their new exhibit, The State of Detroit, that will be opening on April 28, so it’ll be a perfect time to see the space and the new show.
ChiDM is located on the third floor of Block 37 (108 N. State Street). The building locks its doors at 8:00pm, so make sure to not arrive terribly late (otherwise they’ll have to call to have someone come let them in). There isn’t any building-specific parking, but the Red Line (Lake) and Blue Line (Washington) trains connect into the pedway of Block 37.

Alex Chitty + Unison

12/22/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Events, News

Hello CPGers!

As a result of meeting Alex Chitty at this year’s CPG meeting in her studio, I have the exciting opportunity to curate a special project with Alex and Unison Home (where I work). The information for the opening of the project is below, and I’ve posted it to the CPG calendar.

Hope to see you all there! Let me know if you have any questions.

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Unison is excited to host an installation by Chicago artist Alex Chitty. Join us for the opening with light hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Alex Chitty alters found images and objects in sculptural and photographic arrangements that play on expectations of functionality and a sense of the familiar. Unison’s Wicker Park store will serve as a temporary site for material experiments that parallel ongoing ideas in the artist’s studio practice. Alex has selected domestic goods from Unison’s spring collection to alter, deconstruct, and reinstall in new compositions that reference, but are removed from, their original utility.

1911 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Show runs January 22 – February 21, 2014 

CROSSHAIR at IPAINTMYMIND Friday Oct. 17th 7-10pm

10/14/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Bulletin, Events, News

CPG comrades,

I will be presenting a selection of new and old works at the IPaintMyMind gallery, in the Green Exchange building at 2545 W. Diversey, Suite 255, this Friday night October 17th from 7-10PM.  RSVP on IPMM’s Facebook page and enjoy FREE BEER provided by Lagunitas.

Though a few gigposters will be among the pieces included in the show, the emphasis is on my silkscreen fine art prints.  I will also be including some straight photography for the first time ever.

I hope to see you there!   -Dan


IPaintMyMind Gallery @ Green Exchange
2545 W Diversey, Suite 255
Friday, October 17th

Beverages by Lagunitas Brewing Co provided to RSVP’d guests

Dames with Decks

07/14/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Events, News

Exhibition and art benefit for Deborah’s Place ( by Gypsyboards

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7 PM to 11 PM

SPACE 1858

1858 W Grand Ave.

Chicago , IL

Artists design skateboard decks with all proceeds going to support safe housing for women escaping violence.

Helen Maurene Cooper
Madeline David
Jaclyn Jacunski
Lady Lucx
Tara Luther
Marci Jordonson
Valerie Kahari
Kate Mc Quillen
Christine Sanderson
Irena Siwek

Dames with Decks
Dames with Decks

Dames with Decks