(Con)Temporary Art Space Launches in the Loop

by Jeriah Hildwine

A painting on display at (C)TAS, depicting the interior of the space. I think that's Edmar at the front door.

Exciting new developments are afoot amidst the, ahem, "bustling commerce" of Chicago's downtown Loop.  A new project dreamed up by Ed "Edmar" Marszewski and the crazy kids of the Co-Prosperity Sphere and Lumpen, the (Con)temporary Art Space brings their wacky alternative art-jam out of Bridgeport and right into your face.


Thursday, February 18th was the inaugural exhibition for (Con)Temporary Art Space, called "An Evening With Your (Con)temporaries."

According to the (C)TAS Blogspot homepage:

The (Con) Temporary Art Space is an avenue for discussion, research
and action. It's a working studio for cultural workers, producers,
artists and designers for projects they are working on collectively and
individually. The space also functions as a information center,
exhibition venue and a place to learn about Chicago's diverse art
ecology. It's organized by Public Media Institute along with our
friends and family.

The space was graciously provided by the Chicago Loop Alliance's Pop-Up Art Loop
Initiative.  According to their website, "Pop-Up Art Loop creates
partnerships between artists and property owners, creating temporary
gallery space at no cost to the artist in prime Loop locations." 

(C)TAS projects include a shop, a "display case gallery" for small art objects, a free library and reading room, a mapping project of cool places in Chicago, and a gallery exhibition space.  Planned events include exhibition receptions every Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm, an exhibition of installation, performance, video, and new media works "sometime in March," and something called "Lunchbox Wednesdays."  Keep abreast of developments by checking the (C)TAS blog.  You can also check 'em out on Facebook.

The (Con)Temporary Art Space is located at 208 S. Wabash, Chicago IL, 60603.  Hours are 11:30am to 5:30pm, every day except Monday.  Events and exhibitions are Thursdays, 4:30pm to 8:30pm.

Jeriah is an artist,
educator, writer, and snack enthusiast.  You can see his work at
www.jeriahhildwine.com, and read his columns at Art Talk Chicago and Chicago
Art Magazine
.  Jeriah lives
and works in Chicago, with his wife

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