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A Look Into The Art Center's Model Pictures Camp

Kicking off week 3 in our Special Topics Camps, kids line the halls of Gallery 2 and the Cleve E. Carney Gallery, admiring Ross Sawyer's exhibition, Model Pictures. Nearly thirty photographs hang on the walls, picturing small scale models Sawyers built himself. By creating these domestic environments, Sawyers uses the miniature models act as his photographic subjects, allowing him to examine depth, lighting, and shape. Today, we launched our Model Pictures camp, and I had the pleasure of sitting with the campers and observing the process.

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Getting to know resident artist Sanjeev Shankar

As part of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, we are thrilled to welcome Indian architect, artist, and designer Sanjeev Shankar, who will spend six weeks in Chicago this summer working in our studios toward an ambitious future project. Interested in anthropology and social philosophy, Shankar hopes to use his background in architecture, science, and design to explore and develop a semi-permanent architectural installation to be potentially cultivated via community participation and hands-on methodology. Shankar looks forward to using his residency as an opportunity to explore this vision as an extension to his previous project in New Dehli, a large and temporary canopy made out of oilcans, titled Jugaad.

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Inside the workspace of resident artist Einat Amir

I was immediately struck by bare quality of Einat Amir’s workspace, so I asked her to describe the materials she brought to her residency studio at the Hyde Park Art Center. “I have brown papers, markers, a laptop, some food, a sketchbook, multiple kinds of chairs, and people and visitors willing to be a part of it,” she described matter-of-factly.
Her studio had no apparent hiding places, but there was still something missing from the space. Artists can choose to make their studio a sanctuary, a space for their unfinished work to stay out of the public eye. But for Einat’s most recent work, this is an impossibility. The public has always been an important part of Amir’s artistic process, and during her time in the Art Center’s Jackman Goldwasser Residency, Amir has been conducting research.

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Meet resident artist Einat Amir!

Tel Aviv-based Einat Amir creates participatory performances and video installations which confront audiences with scenarios that blend reality and fiction, interrogating social and political conventions, and probing the space between audience and actor, self and other. Influenced by psychotherapy, theater, dance and movement, in addition to performance art, Amir’s work is shaped by an interest in socio-political issues we are confronted by on a daily basis. Amir effectively sets reality against fiction and allows the viewer to take the responsibility of establishing and setting their own limits, by creating choices for them to be confronted with and allowing a space for those decisions to play out within the structured event of the performance.

We sat down with Einat Amir to ask her about what artmaking means to her and how her involvement at the Art Center has impacted her practice.

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"What are you waiting for?": Meet Shawn-Michael McGhie, teen artist

Shawn Michael Mc Ghie PortraitShawn-Michael McGhie is a senior at Kenwood Academy, and 2014 was his first year participating in Hyde Park Art Center's teen outreach programs, Youth Art Board and ArtShop. Shawn-Michael creates vibrantly hued portraiture, mostly working in pen and ink. His artwork is currently being shown in the exhibition ArtShop: Facetime, on view through August 9. We sat down with Shawn-Michael to ask him about what artmaking means to him and how his involvement at the Art Center has impacted his practice.

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