Monday, October 9, 2017

O.N.E. Mile Detroit - Launch of the Mothership

"Art is Business"

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Together, Detroit and Sirota and many others came together to form the O.N.E. Mile project in Detroit’s North End, which is home to legendary musical venues like Phelps’ Lounge along the Oakland Avenue artery in Paradise Valley. What was once the hub of a “30-year Motown music economy” had become derelict, targeted for demolition. For Detroit and Sirota, this was incredibly sad. “There was no marker of the extraordinary history of the music here that impacted the world.” Instead, “someone used an app for 15 minutes and decided this place didn’t fit into the vision of the new city.”
Detroit, Sirota, and many others started to revitalize some spaces along a one mile stretch of Oakland Avenue. A part of the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition, a collection of artists, industrial designers, and architects, they created a vision for a new arts corridor that will undo the blight. New gardens appeared in empty lots. Buildings were turned into makeshift galleries and meeting spaces. “We rehabilitated a garage, really without permission.” There, they launched the Mothership, a mobile DJ unit, which comes with smoke machines (see above).
And for the grand opening of the rehabilitated space, 12 original members of Parliament Funkadelic, the legendary funk band who created the original “Holy Mothership” in the 70s, played a free concert. Some 700 people from the neighborhood turned up.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Emotional Walls From Nepal at Heartland Cafe

"Art is Business"Bishal (Bhaikaji) Manandhar

-      Bishal (Bhaikaji) Manandhar

                                                                                                                                Visual Artist

Artist(s) Bio/Statement

I am a Chicago based, non-traditional still life artist from Nepal, who tries to see the deep meaning in simple objects. In my first solo exhibition, ”Behind Closed Doors”, I painted traditional doors and door locks from the three historical kingdoms of Nepal. These paintings were abstract representations of doors I had photographed in different areas of the capital city, Kathmandu. Since moving to the United States, I have been an active participant in Chicago’s art scene by showcasing my work in various exhibitions. More recently, I have begun to explore the curatorial aspects of professional art by participating in the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Art has always been my lens to the world which is why the paintings I am presenting here have such meaning for me. In 2015, 2 massive earthquakes hit my country and brought great devastation; eventually taking more than 10,000 lives. I went back to Nepal shortly afterwards and created a series of paintings and prints as a way to come to understand the earthquakes and their aftermath. When I was there personally seeing, feeling and experiencing the trauma after the earthquake, it was quite heartbreaking. I continued to see empty places and collapsed buildings everywhere I went. It shocked me and often I found myself frozen on the street before the site of such damage. It created a feeling of emptiness within me, which I tried to explore through my work. Having finished this deeply personal series, I held another solo exhibition in 2016 called “Emotional Walls”...what’s left behind… at Taragoan Museum, Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu, Nepal. In this exhibition, I depicted the remains of buildings from the devastation and the emotions and attachments behind them. True to my preferred method, all the paintings and linoleum prints were roughly based on my own photography.

Every artist takes inspiration from their surroundings, whatever they may be. Therefore, in the works that I am showcasing here, I am portraying very simple subjects; the remains of the buildings that once meant so much to their owners. To them, those buildings were a world in themselves, but one which we can easily ignore in our day to day lives. I want to make visible the emotions attached to these walls by my small efforts. By portraying the damage done in my home country, I hope to memorialize all that we have lost, and perhaps, and to remind the world that there is still much rebuilding work to be done. I also hope that knowing that the Nepali people have overcome such terrible disasters will remind Americans of their own strength in the face of the recent hurricanes and give them a sense of hope for the future.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NO SAFETY IN SILENCE- Conundrum Conversation

"Art is Business" Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator , Renee Baker,Artist in Resident, space is limited RSVP required:

The Phantom  Gallery Chicago will be hosting a launch event on Sunday, October 1st, 3-6 pm as part of our Sunday Salon Series.

Alan Emerson Hicks, and Renee Baker 2017

NO SAFETY IN SILENCE- Conundrum Conversation

As a response to a call for action the Phantom Gallery Chicago will host a film screening of Birth of A Nation, D.W. Griffin, 1915 as part of the CONUNDRUM FILM SERIES followed by Creative Conversation, "No Safety in Silence", that tackles the must serious of issues today.

Film/Conversation  begins at 3pm - 6pm 
BlogTalkRadio Creative Conversation: 5pm-5:30pm
National Launch  Event begins at 6:00pm CST. 

There will be a livestream training followed by an organizing meeting so we can join in the fight to make our democracy more representative and expand access to the ballot in (Illinois). I would love it if you could make it to my event!
RSVP here:
If you have any questions about the event, please let me know! I hope to see you then! email
773-681-6570 for more information.

 I’m very excited to share that ACLU People Power will be launching a brand new campaign called “Let People Vote” to go on offense and expand access to the ballot and make democracy more representative in our state -- and I’m hoping you’ll take action with me! 

In solidarity,
Alpha Bruton

If you can't make it then join us on our Creative Conversation RadioBlogTalk, our scheduled call-in time and on air time is scheduled at 5:00pm CST, on October 1st, 2017, 310-982-4237. 

This project is supported in part by: 

Friday, September 22, 2017

You’re invited!

The National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence (NYAM) is hosting FREE group tours of our interactive billboard artworks on the north and south sides of the city the last two weekends of September.  Each tour takes up to 1-hour. Click here to sign up!
·      The south side tour is a walking tour of 4 billboards that starts at 7432 S. Racine and ends at 1123 W. 79th.
·      The north-west side tour is a biking tour of 7 billboards that starts at the DIVVY station at Damen Avenue & Cortland St and ends at 1326 N. Western.
Whenever possible we are combining these tours with volunteer phone bank opportunities, so that people can participate in actually taking action against gun violence in the city. On the tour sign up form, please indicate whether following your art tour if you can participate in a 1-hour phone bank.

NYAM looks forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Many thanks,

Janice Tisha Samuels
Founder and Director

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NO SAFETY IN SILENCE- Conundrum Conversation

"Art is Business" Renee Baker


An admission of guilt
Silent about things that matter
Injustice living right next door
You feel no shame
Keeping quiet
Assisting all assailers
Trauma builds, not to miracles

But to tragedy
Others hone their pains
You keep yours inside and fresh
Danger is always present
But we’re all here together.
You are complicit - You are consenting
You are a defender-   You nod consent
You are an enabler - You allow abuse
Terror stands on your shoulders
Silence of guilt eating intestines
While miring your heels in concrete wear
Solidarity with injustice embraced with each inhale of your journey. speak..admit..exhale.

Text inspirations by Melvin Tolson, 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X,
Langston Hughes, Miep Geeson, Mira Batiz, Bibiana Maite

 ‘Let People Vote’ Launch Event
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
436 East 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
Date and time:

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 pm Sunday Salon Series / Screening
Sunday, October 1, 6:00 PM Creative Conversation
The Phantom Gallery Chicago is located at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, 47th, between Martin Luther King Jr. Dr and Vincennes. By CTA Train Red line and/or Green line stop 47th. CTA bus  #47.From the Loop ,#3, or #6 Express to 47th transfer at Lake Park
Attendee count: RSVP Limited seating 25

Alpha Bruton,  Chief Curator Phantom Gallery, Creative Conversation, BlogTalkRadio, Sunday Salon Series.
Renee Baker, Composer, Film. Visual Artist
Trump is engaging in an assault on voting rights. We’re going to respond by going on offense at the state and local levels to expand access to the ballot and make our democracy more representative. Join us at a launch event on Sunday, October 1 as we kickoff a big new push to Let People Vote.
As a response to a call for action the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will host a pre-film screening of Birth of A Nation, D.W. Griffin, 1915 as part of the CONUNDRUM FILM SERIES followed by Creative Conversation, "No Safety in Silence", that tackles the must serious of issues today.