Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company. – Socrates
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
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
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
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. -Francis Bacon
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
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
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
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