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Pilsen paints, knits positive messages

Pilsen paints, knits positive messages

Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood has been known for its thriving arts community for years. It is a popular haven for artists and musicians who use its many gallery spaces to create and share art with the public through events like 2nd Fridays, an event series that invites the public to explore Pilsen’s art galleries and artist’s…

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Teenage waste

Perhaps I should have waited and used this photo for Halloween. After all, what could be more frightening than a young, attractive and snobbish-looking girl. Artist Jasso’s work must have scared someone as this piece, which had been up less than a day stood already one limb down by the time I found it. Commentary…

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All of the brights

Gotta love a ‘hood that’s not afraid of color! I’ve been passing these swirly beauts on the way south from 18th to Cermak. They had to be shared. It might be hard to see with the dim lighting, but the address number above the door here is a sickeningly complementary color to the surrounding green.…

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He is the eggman

I found this dashing piece down near 21st on Ashland and have newfound respect for Sir Dumpty. The artist has here given him an eerie debonair feel that has me tingling with All Hallow’s glee. It’s like his eggy self has spoiled and reanimated, making him an undead — yolk protruding from a cool blue…

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New finds

Strolling up Halsted the other day I noticed this sign. According to it, the land encompassed by the surrounding fence has been ‘improved.’ Now it could just be the weather, but it looks like literal badland to me. But good for you Podmajersky. It’s the effort after all right? I had wondered for a while…

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Hate gets a paint job

The Pac Man ghosts have bloodlines dating back to Sacagawea it seems   This ‘H8′ artwork has become unignorably prevalent not only in Pilsen but all around the city at large. Sometimes the ‘H8′ portion stands alone and others like here sit wrapped in a heart. Whether that means it’s meant to be read ‘Love…

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Synergy of sorts

I appreciate subtle marketing Why should Pilsenites have to choose between eye-catching street art and smart phone coverage when you can apparently have both? I love the clear disregard for competitive correctness — can just imagine the artist unveiling this to the store manager. Android is out for blood! Pic locale: 18th/Ashland

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Urban heirloom 05

I’m fascinated by iconography and its relation to people. This window display is part of a smaller building attached to a local tortilleria aka tortilla bakery known as Del Rey here in P-Town (hence the DR crownage). Icons play a role in the larger study of symbols and their signified and interpreted meaning(s). I love…

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