Here we have a picture of art slut Eric Wenzel welcoming in this year's art season. Last night was that special night that only comes once a year and that fills both streets and stairways with people looking for the newest art that Chicago has to offer. It's a fun night, a chance to see people and catch up. Here is a picture of Jason Lazarus flexing some muscle at his opening at Bucket Rider Gallery:
Bucket Rider consitently shows great work and Jason's piece: "...And Then Finally, I Remembered" is both beautiful to look at and powerful to experience. Also showing in that neighborhood is friend and artist, Justin Schmitz:
Justin's new work is showing at Garden Fresh and features photographs of teenage wrestlers. The portraits are awkward and vulnerable and powerful. It's the look in the eyes of these kids that provides the photographs with their punch. All in all, there are a lot of great shows to check out. I liked Rashid Johnson's "Stay Black and Die" at Monique Meloche Gallery and Siebren Versteeg's "Determination" at Rhona Hoffman Gallery; however, I need to go back and take another look . . . there were too many shows and too many people to take it all in.