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Saturday, January 22, 2011

White Box Art Gallery 10.23.10

Location: 837 N. Western Avenue(Steps from corner of Western & Chicago Ave)
                  Chicago IL, 60622
                  (Ukrainian Village)
Cost: Free

                 This past Saturday mom and I had the pleasure of checking out a artist/friend of ours art work and get a chance to see other local artists work. Neither one of us had ever heard of the White Box Space Gallery, we didn't know what to expect. At first glance the store front location just faded into the background, but then when we looked again [we were across the street] mom and I could see old frames hanging in the window. They were hanging in such a way it looked like whatever was going on inside was framed. As soon as we walked in the vibe warm, and the place was buzzing with chatter laughter and the appreciation of art.
                The theme of the night seemed to revolve around bikes, biking, the appreciation for the people that ride. I will say that was the last thing I expected but, I loved it. I ride, I love riding I appreciate biking a little bit more after attending the showcase.

The following videos were shot on my phone so don't hold the quality against me. It was pretty loud and people were chattering about.

You Will See:

Riding In The Sky-John Bambino http://www.facebook.com/john.bambino 
Another cool interactive piece, John managed to weld two bikes together and make them one. It's also a musical instrument, now that's impressive. He said a part of his inspiration came from the movie E.T. It just goes to show inspiration can come from anywhere. Check him out he's a great artist, click the link for more info.

The Gutter Bunny Project-http://whiteboxspace.blogspot.com/
Such a cool interactive piece, basically you peddle a stationary bike thats connected to a projector that projects different cities...you look like your peddling through central park one moment and then the next your in Europe somewhere. Please go to the link to find out more.

Last but not least...

Bars Across America-John Greenfield-http://pintsizepress.info/
John reads an excerpt from his book, Bars Across America, Drinking and Biking From Coast to Coast. John was inspired and encouraged to bike from one cost to another (west to east) along the way stopping at local taverns and bars, meeting new people, drinking and gaining life experience. He sings too!! Follow the link to get your copy, its such a fun read!!

(Sorry, there were three videos I wanted to post but one of them unfortunately was deleted, cutting the intro to John's reading short, also excuse the way the video was shot. This was all done from my phone, it was also very noisy so you may have to turn your computers up to hear the second song)


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