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"CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS" ART TALKS

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"CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS" ART TALKS is a forum/lecture series hosted by curators during gallery exhibitions. The Phantom Gallery will look at how the city influences art, and how the artist transforms the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life. These installations will produce "Creative Conversations" presenting artist speaking about their art.

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A conversation with artist Phil Cotton on his multimedia practice which involves the creation of abstract images that are influenced by transitional forms in nature and society. Areas of Investigation: Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated, set the boundaries or limits of, in terms of actual dates, nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Post-modernism. Although the images and subjects of my artwork are diverse; the influences and subject matter originate from the 1950's era, abstract expressionist movement and architectural/ designs of the Mid Century Modern/ Bauhaus periods. My contemporary artwork consists of organic and architectural visual images that respond to my observations of historical moments in time and the present state of our ever-changing complex society. As a former student of Design and the Fine Arts, my aesthetic influences are both rooted in contemporary architecture, visual design and the plastic arts – painting, sculpture, and drawings. These influences speak to me in different ways and in multiple manifestations in my art practice. I am not limited or restricted in my creative approach to my subject but open to multiple influences, individually and collectively. Simply put, I am a multimedia artist whose practice involves the creation of abstract images that are influenced by transitional forms in nature and society.
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In this month's exhibition I have invited artist Lois Stone, and Phil Cotton to mid-career Chicago artists as a feature because each are presenting critical thought and expressing Modernism in their artwork. In their work, they have... more

The specific question I want to press is what are some ways we define "Experimental-ism", while we examine the state of our environment? Each has thought critically about experimentalism in their art practice and what that... more

The specific question I want to press is what are some ways we define "Experimental-ism", while we exam the state of our environment? Each has thought critically about experimental-ism in their art practice and what that... more

Our democracy lives and breathes in our social spaces. Creative Grounds is an installation that invites to think spatially and geographically utilizing maps and places as visuals to reflect on the cityscape and quality of our social... more

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This activation features the B&W images of a family of professional photographers. While they captured the moments of life and events for family, friends and clients this candid shots mark the passages on the other side of the... more

A portion of the photos in my installation was taken during the years of 1996-97. In 1996, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took control of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). At that time HUD introduced a... more

Using racism as a consumer commodity, Birth of A Nation (1915) spurred drastically the resurgence of NAACP membership, the KKK, and Hollywood and had a stunning impact on real-world history. From newly found justification to... more

The mission of William Hill Center for the Arts is to support and improve creative and artistic expressions and to develop the artistic skills of youth, adults, and seniors in Chicago's Woodlawn community. We aim to design programs that will... more

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