finding the thread that connects the madness and muchness around us

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  • Texas and Chicago art comparisons
  • black and white art
  • art comparisons, Texas and Chicago
  • Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium
  • mini animal toys in Chicago
  • live music, Wicker Park
  • faces illustrated Chicago
  • test tubes and science
  • imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

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Two by Two

We found this slightly destroyed piece of street art in the West Loop and fell in love with its imperfections. See the resemblance?
Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company. – Socrates

stand on my shoulders

Be a Bird

Just a normal day in the Forth Worth Museum of Modern Art and the Lincoln Park Zoo. We love finding art that is obviously different and making it obviously similar by becoming part of it. We hope you have a chance to visit both of these great places!
Be a bird, who, halting in her flight on a limb too slight, feels it give way beneath her, yet sings, sings knowing she has wings. -Victor Hugo

Texas and Chicago art comparisons

Black or White

Today- a West Loop street art mural and a sculpture in front of the JR Thompson Center in the Loop. Both play with color, shape, form, space, line, and value- many of the elements of art. One is two dimensional, and the other, three dimensional. One is enclosed within a space, and the other lives in free air. Both are successful in showing planes and depth. One is on a slow, dirty street, and the other is in a heavily populated concrete jungle. How could you see one and not think of the other? Oh Chicago, you have so many inspirational things to show us! There is still so much left to explore…

So come, and slowly we will walk through green gardens and marvel at this strange and sweet world. -Sylvia Plath

black and white art

Inside Out

 

From the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art to the streets of Wicker Park, using your body to imitate two dimensional art brings viewing the art to a whole new level. And of course, we love comparing two pieces with similarities as well as obvious differences. So much to take in!
I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could… – Wassily Kandinsky

art comparisons, Texas and Chicago

Sea Jelly Soiree

This past Saturday evening we were so grateful to be able to attend Shedd Aquarium’s annual gala. This year, in honor of the new jelly fish exhibit, the event was titled the Sea Jelly Soiree. The entire night was nothing short of incredible and we couldn’t help but be overjoyed and enraptured by all of the beautiful decorations and design put into this event. The jellies exhibit alone was amazing- you must see it for yourself! The colors, shapes, and design of the space had us captivated the whole way through. Enough talk, take a look at the images and get a little taste of what we were so thankful to experience for ourselves.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. -Francis Bacon

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Chicago aquatic life- Shedd Aquarium

Miniature Life

We were exploring the Lincoln Park Zoo just the other day and noticed some miniature plastic dinosaurs in the conservatory that reminded us of Banksy’s piece in the West Loop. It’s surprising to all of a sudden come across plastic toys in a conservatory, but also just as interesting when used in street art. They’re just small details, but in art, it’s the small details that make a piece that much more spectacular. The use of small components shows consideration of the whole, careful thought, and attention to detail.

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room. – Ray Bradbury

mini animal toys in Chicago

Wicker Park Street Concert

Combine some brass instruments, drums, Wicker Park, Gumby and what do you get? An impromptu street concert for all to enjoy. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the music of Wicker Park. Enjoy. And since Gumby is one of those cartoons everyone knows and loves, we’ll stick with the cartoon theme and share a thought from Dr.Seuss.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss

live music, Wicker Park

live music, Wicker Park

live music, Wicker Park

Face Time

Just a small compilation of faces around Wicker Park for you- scratched, defaced, distorted, and still beautifully engaging.

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. -Franz Kafka

faces illustrated Chicago

faces illustrated Chicago

faces illustrated Chicago

faces illustrated Chicago

Cartoon World

Wicker Park clearly has its fair share of street art, and we love discovering it and interacting with the work. Since the nature of this kind of work is so temporary, we enjoy capturing it and sharing it with you so we can all appreciate its beauty before it’s gone.

No human, nor any living thing, survives long under the eternal sky. The most beautiful women, the most learned men…all wither and die. All is temporary. The sky outlives everything. Even suffering. -Bowa Johar

Wicker Park street art

graffiti in Chicago

going to space on time

climb a ladder to the moon

Imitation

Another comparison for you: The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lincoln Park Zoo, inanimate and alive, people and animals, indoor and outdoor. We hope you enjoy viewing art this way, because we surely do!

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. -Eckhart Tolle

imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

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