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Heather Mekkelson draws upon how power lines create visual planes that bisect the sky outside her home under a light-pollution cloud cover. With both mathematical and mystical sequences, Mekkelson knots and braids paracords, toned to shades of light-pollution mauve, that tether and stretch elastic bands across the exhibition space. Here, the elastic and orthogonal planes […]

Thinks: David Hall

Welcome back to Wednesday’s new series, THINKS to Think.  What follows is the second transmission — authored by David Hall.  David is cool. He wears a lot of black, and whenever we run into each other I end up sort of oversharing and then asking him questions about Tai Chi.  I haven’t read David’s piece, below, […]

Edra Soto & Danny Giles at Sector 2337

The two current shows at Sector 2337; Graft by Edra Soto, curated by Albert Stabler and Remembrancer by Danny Giles are at once at odds but ultimately rely on viewer participation in two very different ways. Soto’s installation, employing her now signature use of geometric patterning, commands the spacious front gallery. However, alone in the […]

Bad at Sports Sunday Comics with Matthew Thurber

Max Morris is an Chicago artist, editor, and curator of comics and cartooning-friendly events for the past decade.

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Fruiting Bodies is inspired by a meditation on Charles Demuth’s “Pink Tulips,” (1930) – an understated watercolor found on the artist’s easel at the time of his death and painted concurrent to his homoerotic pencil drawings. Each of the four artist in this exhibition articulate a unique relationship to this motif – in proximity to […]

THINKS to Think

THINKS to Think is a new Wednesday feature for the reimagined Bad at Sports. Who better to inspire imagination than Dr. Seuss? Oh, the THINKS you can Think! is classic Seuss. I discovered it last Christmas when my brother gave a copy to his friend’s son–and quickly bought one for myself. The book’s title popped […]

Reviews to Make You Swoon

LOS ANGELES—ALL THE BEST at Central Park Gallery combines paintings, sculptures, and wearables blurs the line between art objects and design. Ross Hansen and Benjamin Willis, along with a supporting cast of makers including Jmy James Kidd, Emily Marchand, and Lauren Steinberg consider interior space with a surfy, Memphis group aesthetic. A firm handshake between […]

WLPN, Grossmalerman, updates to the blog, oh my.

Dearest Friends & Frenemies of Bad at Sports, Bad at Sports/ (B@S) continues to conquer the universe! Latest victory – terrestrial radio! On the heels of the wildly successful past 10 years of having the most popular art podcast in the World and a blog that should be the most popular in the World (if those […]


Villon makes no mention of his legal problems, which most critics cite as the real reason for his departure. Before leaving, he bequeaths his nonexistent or valueless property to his friends and relatives. For instance, he wills his “renown,” which could not have been great at that point, to Guillaume de Villon; his heart, enclosed […]


Regina José Galindo has developed a socially and politically motivated practice in which she strives to acknowledge the thirty-six years of civil war her country endured, but also looks forward to a more peaceful and productive future... Her works are combative and often shocking, bringing into the public realm topics that few Guatemalans […]

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An assembly for the collective production of a grave rhythm from  which the last gasps for oxygen before passing derive their colloquial name. –Kevin Barrett Weil   1. Two Addresses January 28, 2017, 7-10PM Work by: Kevin Barrett Weil Beautiful: 1801 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60608   2. Off-human January 26, 2017, 8:03-11:11PM Work […]

In Search of the Extraordinary: A Review of Krista Franklin’s Quest for the Marvelous

By Sabrina Greig The graceful twists and turns of African American braided hair come to life in the collection of work featured in Quest for the Marvelous, a solo exhibition by poet and visual artist Krista Franklin. Franklin’s interweaving of unconventional mediums, such as tightly coiled synthetic hair, and more traditional processes like paper-making and collage, […]

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“A distinctive feature of the exhibition is the artist’s transposition of two-tone color palettes, often used in the interiors of institutional spaces, onto the gallery walls. Social hygiene movements and hospital reforms at the turn of the 20th century inform the artist’s selection of colors as well as the work of Chicago-born color consultant and […]

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1. A Hole in My Bucket January 14, 2017, 7-10PM Work by: Cameron Harvey (Curated by Jordan Martins) Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 For her show at Elastic, Harvey distributes her work across not only the white gallery walls, but also in more integrated ways connecting with the interior space: interspersing […]

[Old/New] Psychedelic Providence: a Conversation with Curator Jamilee Lacy

By Kevin Blake Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a conglomeration of artist run exhibition spaces with independently operated locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. [Old/New] Psychedelic Providence curated by Jamilee Lacy is the inaugural exhibition for the Chicago space. Show More Summary


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Quoting a footnote regarding photography, language, ambiguity, and a smile 25. Abe, The Box Man: A Novel (New York, NY: Vintage, 1999) 81; Hako otoko akz 24:44. In the Japanese original, “one grins” is “hito wa ha o muku,” which literally means “one reveals one’s teeth,” suggesting not purported congeniality (as “grin” might) but hostility […]

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2 months agoArts : Bad at Sports Blog

“Merdre!” In December 1896 the world was gifted with the premiere of Ubu Roi, an absurdist burlesque and a deep parody of Macbeth wherein an ambitious and cowardly man rises to power and then subsequently fails. It’s filled to bursting with profanity, bent wit, and dim social commentary. Here we are, our own year is […]

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2 months agoArts : Bad at Sports Blog

Searching for Beauty. Searching for loss. Searching to see what one has that’s within reach. Searching always for something that is sharper, a tool that is more keen than the bread it’s intended for. 1. A Transformation of Things December 17, 2016, 3-5PM Work by: Diana Guerrero-Maciá and Joe Adamik Carrie Secrist Gallery: 835 W […]

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3 months agoArts : Bad at Sports Blog

1. Pierce the Veil December 9, 2016, 7-11PM Work by: Sage Dawson, Chiara Galimberti, Victoria Martinez, Katharine Schutta, and Selina Trepp Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60622   2. Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick December 10, 2016, 6-9PM Work by: Tessa Dallarosa free range: 3257 W Lawrence Ave, […]

Interview: Soohyun Kim & The Fight for 15

3 months agoArts : Bad at Sports Blog

What we want and when we want it comprise one of my favorite one-twos of every protest or rally. The answer to the first is always noble (justice, peace) but can feel less direct than the answer to the second: now. Always now. This urgency is twofold: the circumstances are dire and negotiations have to […]

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