Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lisa Solar, Visual Artist Celebrates Solo Show at The Saw Room Gallery



Visual artist Lisa Solar celebrates an upcoming solo show at the Saw Room in The Alley Gallery, July 15 - Aug. 16, opening receptions Saturday, July 22, 5-8 p.m., and August 5, 5-8 p.m.

In this interview we talk about the body of work on display in her show "The Game" which includes an installation of works in progress that involve Solar's color practice. The Saw Room Gallery offers an intimate space to view numerous new works by Solar, curated by Darren Oberto and Ross Martens of The Alley Gallery


From the Saw Room website: This current body of work by Lisa Solar reflects her interest in the game of Formal Painting.  Each piece represents a challenge to pinpoint the precise moment in which the relationship between dissonance and harmony becomes unstable, using the least number of moves.  The works can be considered a record of sequences, and rely on a formulaic set of opening moves.  As in chess, a few reliable restrictions or combinations have the potential to propagate into infinite diverging results. See more at  thesawroom.com




In the current body of work I am exploring color relationships via forms that hover between biomorphic and geometric. Within the stricture of a handful of of typical moves (gradient color, pulsing polygons and hallucinogenic face arrangements) I feel for the line between dissonance and harmony and push and pull colors back and forth over it.

My method of working is handed down from the Bauhaus school of color theory and leans heavily on making empirical choices and continually reacting to them. Through the duration of each work, I explore the link between emotive and logical response, and then advance or retreat accordingly.

Formal influences are many and always in flux. Jessica Stockholder’s work remains a constant bellwether as does Sonia Delaunay and of course, Albers (both Anni and Josef). 

***

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com
 


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jessica Powers, the Author, Publisher and Superhero



Jessica (J.L.) Power's career follows an incredibly circuitous route from a PhD program in African History to launching her own publishing company to writing a YA novel with her brother Matt (M.A. Powers), Broken Circle, which will be published by Akashic Books October 2017.

This interview focuses on how Jessica (pen name J.L. Powers) weaves together her numerous talents and passions to become an award-winning author and publisher.






Below are Matt and Jessica at this year's ALA Conference in Chicago, dressed as superhero's in celebration of their debut YA Novel.

***

From Akashic Books

J.L. POWERS is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is founder and editor of the online blog, The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California’s Bay Area, served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, and is launching Catalyst Press in 2017 to publish African writers. Broken Circle is her first novel written with her brother, M.A. Powers.

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Patrick Hughes, Busker and Evanston's Biggest Fan



Patrick Hughes sings with Mike Kennedy and John Adamson at Bagel Art Cafe on Tuesday mornings 8-9 a.m. (with two other talented musicians), raising money for Evanston Community Foundation and local non-profit organizations. We talk about numerous topics to include how he took his voice on the long journey from the choir at St. A’s to crooning commuters and how he can became an advocate for people living with disabilities.

Hughes owns and operates Inclusion Solutions, an Evanston business that provides the tools to make access an option for people with disabilities. He is also a board member of Evanston Mashup, an annual networking celebration for the business community.

Quote of the Show: I feel more connected when I'm in the flow of the river, not when I'm sitting on the side. -Patrick Hughes

 
"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jill King Wynn, Sculptor, is on an Evanston Odyssey



Jill King Wynn moved to Evanston around 1980 and has been on a self described "odyssey" since then, which is the title of her new sculpture installation at the Evanston Civic Center., "Evanston Odyssey".  Nestled in the southwest stair well, her sculpture climbs more than 50 up three flights of stairs, three big orbs of light and steel and fabric. July 20, the public is invited to celebrate Jill and the installation at a public reception 5-8 p.m. at the Civic Center on Ridge Ave.

Jill is a funny, smart, engaging artist who has been on a very determined and focused journey. We talk about how she persists through her field, the many places she shares her talent to include Evanston Art Center and Art Encounter and how to land public installation gigs.

See more of her work atjillkingstudio.com

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Matthew LaFleur, Illustrator and Celebrity Dad



Matthew LaFleur is an illustrator living and working in Evanston, IL. He’s funny, smart and interesting and has made a career as an illustrator This June, in collaboration with Evanston Made, LaFleur's artwork is on display at North Shore Cider, 707 Howard St. The collection of LaFleur's work includes logos and labels from Evanston Home Brew, Transient Artisanales, Middlebrow Beer, Arcade Brewery, Hop Butcher, Sketchbookbrew, as well as prints from the children's book he illustrated, The Toothless Fairy.

The public is invited to attend his artist talk on Saturday, June 17, 5-8 p.m., but in the meantime stop by the cidery during regular business hours to fill up your growler and see LaFleur's work.

From LaFleur, “Creating art has always been an integral part of my life. What started with Pac-Man doodles and maze sketches led to a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a passion for filling my world, and the world's of others, with pictures and design. These days my art takes the form of lunchbox drawings for my daughters, book and magazine layouts, custom wedding invitations, illustrations for books, sketches on napkins, and logos and designs for dozens of local businesses - especially breweries.”

Learn more about LaFleur’s journey as an illustrator at doodlematt.tumblr.com

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chris Greene, Saxophonist, Jazz Musician, Evanston Creative



Chris Greene joins us on The Lisa D Show podcast to talk about his music career playing the saxophone, from his way back in the day music theory class at ETHS to his latest album Boundary Issues.

June 9-11, see Greene live performing with the Chris Greene Quartet at Pete Millers, and see how a lifetime pursuing his craft has paid off.
Greene is a saxophonist, Vandoren Performing Artist, 1/4 of Chris Greene Quartet and Future emperor of Evanston, according to his Facebook profile.

Click here to listen to Greene play with the Chris Green Quartet.

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Aimée Beaubien at Platform



Aimée Beaubien's art installation at Platform in Evanston, "Cuttings", recreates a magical garden, inviting the public to tour generations of gardens. The installation features floor to ceiling photos of gardens and plants cut up and woven into shapes and formations, hung with rope, attached to dried lemons and other organic matter. Walking through the installation gives one the feeling of being a tiny lost creature in a magical and fantastical garden.

The public is invited this Saturday, June 3, to meet Aimée at Platform on 904 Sherman Ave., 12-7:30 p.m. Aimée is one of more than 200 visual artists participating the kick off weekend of Evanston Made, a monthlong visual arts celebration in June that turns the city of Evanston into a art gallery. Learn more at evanstonmade.com



Show notes: this interview includes background on Aimée's great grandmother's experience living through the Great Depression, insight into Rugby culture and songs about dog-butt sniffing, the evils of vines and finding your soulmate after 40.

Chicago-based artist Aimée Beaubien constructs optically perplexing arrangements from fragments of her own photographs. See more of her work at aimeebeaubien.com

Platform is a foundation for the unconstrained creative vision of Justine Bianco and Maggie Meiners.  It is our studio with a store front project space to exhibit BIG ideas. We are not a conventional gallery looking to make a buck, we are an exhibition space in which artists have creative license to get adventurous. Learn more at platform904.com



"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Kathy Halper



Meet Kathy Halper, artist and co-producer of the Nasty Women Evanston Art Fundraiser at 1100 Florence in West Evanston. Full disclosure, I'm the other producer of this event, but we keep the podcast real and I do the interviewing, walking you through why Kathy brought this event to Evanston and how you can get involved. Below is her art donation, Lying Liars Lie, available for purchase at the event.




From nastywomenevanston.org

ONE NIGHT ONLY! 
Saturday, June 3  Join us! Through art we can raise awareness, raise money, raise our voices and raise hell! Nasty Women Evanston is inspired by the Nasty Women Exhibition in NYC and the growing number of sister shows all over the world supporting women’s causes. 

Saturday, June 3 from 6-9 this one night only special event takes place at 1100 Florence in Evanston. All art will be priced at $100! 100% of our proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. So let’s get nasty together! Join us to make and support art for a great cause. 



Help Nasty Women Evanston Raise $10,000! Buy Custom Commemorative Poster by Diana Sudyka!

We are so excited to offer this beautiful 11"x17" art poster by Chicago illustrator Diana Sudyka to memorialize our Nasty Women Evanston Art Exhibition! She's designed posters for Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Neko Case, The Black Keys and us!!!
We are offering it for $40 here on the website. All proceeds (minus printing costs) will go Planned Parenthood. We are encouraging all artists and event goers and supporters to buy it now! Your copy will be waiting for you at the event!

We will have a limited edition of prints available to the public on June 3 but expect them to fly out the door quickly!

Click below to reserve your copy now.

***



100 years ago, I had a live talk radio show in El Paso, TX, "The Lisa D Show" on KHRO 1650 AM. Live, call-in radio is where it's at; I LOVED the spontaneity and silliness of conversations with strangers.


Fast Forward to 2017 in Evanston, IL, "The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

I interview the creatives, the people who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts are posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

Mostly recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford.1100 Florence is a former Polish meat shop, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

Harvey Pranian Celebrates 30 Years of YEA Day


Harvey Pranian celebrates 30 years as the director and founder of Young Evanston Artists, YEA Day on May 20, 10a-4p, at Raymond Park in Downtown Evanston. As a neighbor of Harvey and volunteer for YEA Day, I'm incredibly inspired by his energy and spirit and dedication to this arts celebration for kids.

We met in Harvey's home, and spoke about the history of the event and how this event influences arts programming in Evanston schools, culminating with a show of students from elementary and middle schools in Evanston.

This year's event features two performance stages, food trucks, make-and-take art activities, and more! Open to the public and free, this is one of Evanston's longest running arts festivals.

From the website: It is the mission of the Young Evanston Artists Foundation (YEA!) to provide the children of Evanston with a unique forum and experience for the exhibition and performance of their art. The Yea! goal is to nurture, enable and inspire the children we serve so that as they prepare themselves for the challenges of the future, they will do so with self-confidence, a creative spirit, and a caring heart. And in the hope of their doing so, we believe their influence will contribute to the well-being of their communities and their world.
Each year 40 +public, private and parochial schools, pre-school through high school, participate in YEA! Day. Held outdoors at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street, nearly 6000 children are involved and over 4000 people attend. Approximately 1000 children participate in the visual arts and have the experience of seeing their art displayed in an art fair atmosphere. The performing arts involve as many as 400 children, singing, playing instruments, dancing and performing.
Kids collecting donations at YEA!
YEA! is blessed with a large group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers who understand and believe in the mission, and is dependent on the generous donations of community businesses, families and individuals.
We believe strongly that the YEA! experience has a formative influence on many children to nurture, enable and inspire them with confidence, wisdom and well-being as they face the challenges of adult life.
We are happy to provide the opportunity for the expression of their creative spirit, and are truly grateful for their willingness to participate with genuine enthusiasm and trust.
Learn more at www.yeaevanston.org

***



The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Joey Garfield



Joey Garfield on The Lisa D Show podcast, how dope is that? Joey talks about his Mound Town art show up at 1100 Florence Ave through May 20 in Evanston. Joey is inspired to create a new type of street art with mounds and skateboard sculpture, using found objects like mounds of dirt and snow and forest debris. Joey finds beauty in his natural environment and begs us all to pause, and look at things differently and fall in love with vinyl and skitching.




 Photo by Jeff Phillips


Photo by Melissa Blount

Joey Garfield Bio

Joey Garfield is an award winning filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. An Evanston native who called New York City home for almost two decades. While there he immersed himself in the Lower East Side art scene and became a founding member of the Tokyo/New York art collective The Barnstormers as well as a participant in The Beautiful Losers. His work focuses on rhythm, flow, simplicity, and attitude with a deep concentration on honoring and documenting the counter cultures of his youth which saved his life creatively and spiritually. Repurposed wood, spray paint, found objects and vinyl are the tools of his trade.

His current show at 1100 Florence Gallery is entitled Mound Town. It is an ongoing project of photographs profiling different mound characters in their natural outdoor environment. All mounds are rare because no mound is permanent.  They are made of found objects, vinyl albums, and natural mounds.

***
The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com