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Street Art Tue Mar 22 2011

Art is Everywhere


A Gaia poster bomb on 18th Street; photo courtesy of the artist

Internationally lauded street artist, Gaia, is officially here-- all over the place. A series of projects showcasing Gaia's work around town, collectively titled GAIA: Resplendent Semblance launched a few weeks ago with a bunch of work pasted up all over the city, a collection of work at Pawn Works (which opened last Friday) and a show of new, large scale paintings and collages at Maxwell Colette Gallery, which will open this Friday.

(From Press Release):

"Gaia's art is best known for his large scale renderings of human and animal forms, often in states of hybridization. Animals fuse with humans or other animals, blending visual characteristics and layers of spiritual and mythological relevance. Reclaiming a long dormant visual iconography, Gaia's images transcend cultural literacy, achieving significance on multiple levels. As contemporary urban culture deemphasizes nature, Gaia invades the city of glass, steel and concrete with a breathtaking reminder of earth and life. Functioning as a contemporary visual shaman, he facilitates uniquely urban interactions with postmodern spirit guides who in turn force us to acknowledge our lost connection with the natural and the mystical worlds."

Fun fact: The press release refers to Gaia as a man, but other sources indicate (she?) is a woman. I'm pretty sure she's a woman. Aaanyway....

The series will culminate this Friday with the opening reception of her(?) work at Maxwell Colette Gallery from 6 to 9pm. For more information about the artist and the project, check out this rad article (with video!) The Chicagoist published last week.

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Kelly Reaves / March 22, 2011 3:22 PM

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Dating / April 15, 2011 11:38 AM

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It is the old what goes around comes around routine.

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