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KRAMPUSNACHT 2015

Posted on December 8, 2015    Tags: , , ,
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This past weekend marked the 3rd annual Krampusnact celebration in Chicago.  The party started with a costumed procession from Maria’s Packaged Goods to  The Co-Prosperity Sphere, a couple blocks away.  The place was packed with Krampus related art, games and costumed monsters artists like  EC Brown, Stephanie Burke, Justine Harlan, Angela Lopez, Celeste Neuhaus, Kevin Jennings, Frank Pollard and Catie Olson, a photo booth by Rebecca Hinsdale.  There was plenty of glogg, beer and sausages for everybody’s face.  The partying and dancing went on until late into the night and I can’t wait to do it again next year!  Go Here to view the full gallery.

 

 

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHOTO SHOW AT THE CONTINENTAL

Posted on September 8, 2014    Tags: , ,
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The Continental Lounge (2801 W. Chicago) asked me to hang some rock ‘n’ roll photos on their walls and I happily agreed to do so.  The opening reception is this Friday, September 12th at 7PM. There’ll be about 20 prints for you to look at while you drink booze.  The prints should be hanging around for a few weeks and The Continental is a 4AM bar so stumble in there and check ‘em out!
 

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KRAMPUSNACHT

Posted on December 7, 2013    Tags: , ,
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Local artist’s EC Brown and Catie Olson hosted Krampusnacht ’13 at their home/studio/art space. There was lots of Krampus themed art, wintery grub, glogg, dancing and this photo booth where i got to photograph revelers. The guests were given the opportunity to sit on Krampus’ lap, receive swats from the demon’s broom or just have their mug taken in front of this really cool curtain. The Krampus costume and the beautifully crafted curtain were made by Rebecca Hinsdale. Her company, Make a Scene can create a booth for your event!

 

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SPOOKY FOREST AT THE STOREFORNT

Posted on November 6, 2013    
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The Spooky Forest Installation at The Storefront Gallery was pretty damn fun. Thanks to my good pal Todd Klebenow, once again, for helping me paint the background….and generally figure out how to put this thing together and make it work in a small room and thanks to Brandon and Angel, who operate The Storefront, for letting me stink up the space during Halloween Week. Lots of people showed up in some pretty unique and creative costumes. We managed to drag a healthy handful of trick-or-treaters inside to have their portraits taken and even managed to really creep out a few people and send them running. Must have been a combo of the fog, strobe lights and home-made spooky tunes. A successful Halloween indeed!  Custom made installations, like this, will be available for your events soon so stay tuned!

 

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SPOOKY FOREST HALLOWEEN PORTRAITS

Posted on October 24, 2013    Tags: ,
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I will be shooting Halloween Portraits at The Storefront Galley (2606 N. California…Just north of Logan Blvd.). My good pal Todd Klebenow helped with a lot of the backdrop painting and general assembling of this thing. There’ll be candy and some beer (will be gone fast). Stop by when you’re lookin’ weird and on your way to some Halloween party. Stop by while you’re trick-or-treating or just stop by. Bring your kids! Bring the whole family!
Here are the hours of operation:
10/25 7-10 or 11
10/27 3-7
10/31 4-7

JUNGLEVATOR

The Tarantismo Summit Art Show 2013 blazed by a couple weekends ago at Chris Ilth’s Ravens Nest.  I was offered a space to set up an installation/photo booth of sorts for the entire weekend and the cargo elevator seemed like the perfect little spot to roll a tree stump into, lay some sod, and let the smoke rise.  The place was jammed with all kinds of eye bulging art from  way-out and underground musician types like Jimbo Easter, Mac Blackout, Ben Lyon, Christopher Ilth and so many more.  A few people commented on how much they liked the “nature installation”.  I was genuinely thrilled to inform them that it was a photo booth and that they should have a seat on the stump and let me work my magic.  It was a wonderful weekend!  I’ll be setting up another installation later this summer at a gallery space in Logan Square.  More details soon!

 

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SPITTING MACHINES

Posted on January 4, 2013    Tags: , , ,
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Mark Porter recently had an installation of his newest kinetic sculptures at The Mission Gallery on Chicago Ave. As I walked down the basement steps of the gallery, a motion sensor woke the machines up and they immediately started shaking, rattling and spitting up reddish hues of foamy stuff all over the place. Go to Mark’s website to find out when you can see some of these things in person.

 



THE FALL OF 2012, THE RISE OF THE POISONER

Posted on January 3, 2013    Tags: , , , ,
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Way back in December of 2012, folks believed that the End Days were upon us. Chris Hefner painted this badass end of the world snow globe backdrop and we set it up in a corner of The Kimball Arts Center as part of a benefit to fund the final touches of Chris’ film, The Poisoner. The end of the wold jitters seemed to make everyone real drunk and sloppy and our beautiful backdrop eventually came tumbling down. Fortunately, the real globe is still hanging and The Poisoner will be upon us shortly.  The official trailer was released today.  See it here!

 

 



BOUROULLEC’S BIVOUC AT THE MCA

Posted on October 24, 2012    Tags: ,
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The MCA asked me to shoot the opening of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s show, Bivouc. It was real cool to be able to run around this huge, packed show with my camera blazing. Here’s a taste of what was going down:

 












The show runs until January 20th.

SHOOT THE MOON

Posted on November 30, 2011    Tags: , , , ,
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Chris Hefner (the fellow pictured below),  is in the pre-production phase of his new feature film, The Poisoner.  We built this  paper…..well… plywood, really… moon and set it up as a sort of photo booth at The Everleigh Social Club during a fundraising event for the film’s budget.  Check out a more robust selection of the photos here:  http://rkarlic-moon.tumblr.com/