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Art Sat May 03 2014
An exciting new art collective has formed in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. Stairway Studios is a combination exhibition and studio space. This weekend it hosts its very first Spring Exhibition.
This unique group of artists thrive in an environment of close collaboration and cross-pollination. Stairway Studios is creating a new presence on the art scene, allowing the artists to take the reins and curate their own exhibitions. While this is most gallerists' worst nightmare, the result is gritty, raw, and utterly inspiring.
Hawk, a sculptor who works with industrial materials, cites the collective as the reason his art has developed thus far. He says, "Eric knows my work probably better than anyone else in the entire world, and because of that he can give the best critique. He sees the final project and knows the exact context because he's seen the entire trajectory." Not only do the artists work in the same space, they constantly are pushing each other. Each has a unique vision and an individual contribution to the Chicago art landscape, giving the spring exhibition an incredibly diverse, yet cohesive survey of the studio's works.
An exhibition highlight (literally) is an experimental piece by Trevor O'Neil. O'Neil does not come from a traditional art background. A self-taught furniture designer, he is now working with reflections, light, and refraction in his piece "Blue Breaks Pink."
Join the artists and guest artists of Stairway Studios, 2548 W. Lake St., tonight, May 3 from 7 to 11pm to see what they have been working on during the winter to end all winters. Refreshments will be served. Exhibiting artists: Trevor O'Neil, Meredith Sands, Eric Gushee, Asli Uludag, Jason Hawk, Brad Nugent, Nick Moyer, Salvador Dominguez, Jonthan Cernak, Jason Brammer, Robin Dluzen, Mieke Zuiderweg, JYL Bonaguro, Jerry G Ni, Michael O'Briant, Friedrich Gerdes and Kevin Ware.