PAZ: Piñatas & Zines


Elastic Arts is pleased to announce PAZ: Piñatas & Zines, an exhibition by Oscar Arriola, opening on Saturday, December 9.

In PAZ: Piñatas & Zines, Oscar Arriola uncovers latent potentialities in a conceptual congruence between seemingly unrelated uses of paper. He shows us that there are more connections between piñatas and zines than we might see at first glance. Both are vernacular forms that are emblematic of the communities who use them. Both are inert and unfulfilled without people to activate them. Each object functions – gathering and circulating people in its own way – and becomes an anchor point for the social cohesion by which a community constitutes itself. If zines have often been used to connect communities with esoteric interests and musings dispersed across wide geographies, piñatas perform the blunt task of punctuating a space and marking those gathered there, however briefly, as a community of celebrants. Between these two traditions we see paper used as a surface to encode information and as a cheap material to be dyed and layered to generate expressive forms. Arriola challenges us to envision zines as objects to be exploded open ecstatically, with kids scurrying around to gather up the treats hidden within them; to ask what genealogies of craft and deft economies of material can be made legible in piñatas if we examine them as a sprawling archive of forms passed down through families and local customs.

PAZ: Piñatas & Zines will include photos by Adam Jason Cohen, piñatas by Pau VenaditoKristi O’Meara, and Will FitzPatrick. Plus images from zines by Andrew Shirley, Keith Herzik, Tom Guenther, Desilu Muñoz, Joe Alone and others.

Curated by: Oscar Arriola

Opening Reception December 9, 2017 at 7:00pm 
Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60647 USA


Over & Over at Glass Curtain Gallery


Exhibition on view November 16, 2017- February 17, 2018
Opening reception Friday, November 17, 5-8p.m.

In Over & Over, artists work with themes of pattern and repetition through the use of habitual behavior and sustained methodology, obsessively rhythmic actions and repetitive results, and patterned subjects and resulting objects; and by taking something having no weight on its own and creating meaning through the use of accumulation.

Curated by Debra Kayes.

Participating artists: Stephanie Adams (Pickle Pottery), Nikki Renee Anderson, Timorous Beasties, Laura Berger, Amanda Browder, Andi Butler, Thomas Campbell, Martha Clippinger, Aaron De La Cruz, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Gregory Euclide, Bob Faust, Jean Alexander Frater, Dan Gluibizzi, Eric Gushee, Jacob Hashimoto, The Make House, Michael Johansson, Letha Kelsey, Amanda Knowles, Jane Lackey, Dan Lam, Cydney Lewis, Atelier Manferdini, Esau McGhee, The Weaving Mill, Emmanuelle Moureaux, Martina Nehrling, Garry Noland, Renee Ramsey-Passmore, The Pattern People, The Patternbase (Kristi O’Meara & Audrey Keiffer), Aram Han Sifuentes, Sonnenzimmer, Dan Sullivan (Navillus Woodworks), David Teng-Olsen, Henry Vollemecke, Rebecca Ward, Anne Wilson


Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation – A Group Show at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

‘Morels’ by Kristi O’Meara, acrylic paint and metallic marker on canvas, 96×120″, 2015.

Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation brings together the work of artists and designers who explore concepts of reclamation and renewal. See how their individual acts of transformation connect artwork and designed objects with the Brushwood Center’s architecture, grounds, and natural surroundings.

In 1942, the builders of Brushwood (today’s Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods) constructed the Ryerson Family’s summer home using materials salvaged from demolished buildings. Through this purposeful act of reuse, the builders transformed discarded materials—bricks, floorboards, windows, mantels, and stoves—into something new, a process that reflects reclamation and renewal in nature. This exhibition brings together 13 artists and designers who explore the concept of regeneration in their work. See how their individual acts of transformation connect artwork and designed objects with Brushwood’s architecture, grounds, and natural surroundings.

Participating Artists: 
Audrey Victoria KeifferBarry PhippsChris GarofaloHeidi NortonJason HessJenny KendlerJessica CaponigroJohn PreusKristi O’MearaPeter SkvaraSeth KellerStephen Eichhorn,

Curated by: 
Franck Mercurio & WM FitzPatrick

Opening Sunday, August 16th, from 1PM – 3PM
@ Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Join us for a gallery talk with the curators Sunday, September 13th, from 1:30 – 3pm
Free.  No registration required. Exhibition runs August 16 – November 1, 2015.
Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sundays 1 – 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Runway to Showroom: Driehaus Business of Fashion Symposium


Driehaus Design Initiative hosted Runway to Showroom: Driehaus Business of Fashion Symposium on May 17, 2017. Photo: Allen Bourgeois Photography

Participating designers of the 16th Anniversary Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence were invited to attend the symposium & luncheon at the Chicago History Museum. Featured speakers highlighted topics to provide the designers with essential tips to elevate their brand and launch and sustain a successful career. Topics included: BUSINESS BASICS: GETTING STARTED, FASHION INDUSTRY INSIGHTS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS OF 2017/2018, FASHION HISTORY FOR THE DESIGN INDUSTRY, and DIGITAL COMMUNICATION & BRANDING. The speakers also participated in a panel discussion and students engaged in an open discussion while receiving beneficial insight and tailored, personal advice.

Driehaus Design Initiative would like to thank the industry experts who participated as speakers in the symposium:

  • Kristi O’Meara, Founder & Co-Director, The Patternbase
  • Mark Roscoe, President, Mark Roscoe Design
  • Jen Worman, CEO, T&J Designs and Blogger, Red Soles & Wine
  • Petra Slinkard, Curator of Costume, Chicago History Museum
  • Chris Acuna, Attorney & Founder, Acuna Law Offices

We would also like to thank the Chicago History Museum for providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s costume collection with Curator of Costumes, Petra Slinkard, and Costume Collection Manager, Jessica Pushor.

Great Ideas of Humanity: One of a Series Exhibited in Hong Kong & Chicago


In 1952, Encyclopedia Britannica published Mortimer Adler’s monumental Great Books of the Western World series—431 works by 71 authors—covering core ideas of the Western canon. Inspired by these works and with a desire to engage the general public in cultural discourse, Walter Paepcke, founder of Container Corporation of America, initiated an unprecedented advertising campaign entitled the Great Ideas of Western Man. Great Ideas provided a platform for people such as Paul Rand, Max Bill, Herbert Bayer, Saul Bass, and René Magritte to bring attention to celebrated thinkers such as Mark Twain, Alfred North Whitehead, and Theodore Roosevelt.

With reverence and enthusiasm, the Chicago Design Museum is renewing this historic series. Our reprise, the Great Ideas of Humanity, is an acknowledgment of the increasing globalization or our world and resulting cross-pollination of ideas, philosophies, societies, and culture. In this spirit, we are connecting contemporary artists with important thinkers, to create new a new series of advertisements, displayed in public areas throughout the city and internationally. We consider this the start of something more—more ideas, more conversations, and more discovery.


The Patternbase on Lucy Larcom

Lucy Larcom was an American poet, abolitionist, and teacher. She was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1824, the ninth of ten children and died in Boston in 1893.

Exhibited at Business of Design Week, Hong Kong

Underground Unseen – A Group Show at FLATS Chicago

FLATSstudio: Underground Unseen | VAM Magazine Launch Party

FLATSstudio is proud to announce it’s first exhibit of 2015, Underground Unseen. Underground Unseen is an art opening that celebrates the underground aesthetic and the launch of VAM Magazine.

The opening will be held at FLATS Studio’s Uptown Gallery (1050 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL) on February 20th, from 6PM to 10PM.

Beverages provided by KOVAL Distillery & Lakeshore Beverage

Art performance at 8 o’clock PM

Participating Artists:
Owen BonesAntibody Corp, Mikhail Khokhlov, Kristi O’MearaTodd Diederich, Allison Van Pelt, & Ali6

Don’t forget to RSVP by Thursday, February 19th to
Please include the number of guests.