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Hey all - the Terrain Biennial 2019 is less than 2 months out!! We're celebrating with a launch party next week at Aspec...
08/21/2019

Hey all - the Terrain Biennial 2019 is less than 2 months out!! We're celebrating with a launch party next week at Aspect / Ratio gallery and raising funds to help support the Biennial and our fledgling non profit. Hope you can make it !!

Don’t miss your chance to bring home an original artwork! The Launch Party is NEXT THURSDAY, August 29 – and will feature ‘yard signs’ designed by Terrain artists, past and present. As a cultural object, the yard sign tests the boundary between public and private--a fitting emblem for this year’s Biennial. Yard signs will be on view and available to purchase for a flat $200 each! Proceeds from the sales will support Terrain Exhibitions and ensure the future of our organization. Get tickets at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/terrain

Participating artist include Alberto Aguilar, Lynn Aldrich, Stephen Anderson, Aimée Beaubien, Iris Bernblum, Stephanie Brooks, Judith Brotman, Tom Burtonwood, Monica Chadha, Mary Jane Duffy, Karen Finley, kg, Jefferson Godard, Erin Hayden, Holly Holmes, Burton Isenstein, Millicent Kennedy, Allison Lacher, Díaz Lewis, Jesse Malmed, Richard Medina, Jeroen Nelemans, Betsy Odom, Jason Pickleman, Melissa Potter, Jeff Robinson, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Eden Ünlüata, Fo Wilson, Phillip von Zweck.

10/04/2015
Closing reception for Aay Preston-Myint

New from What It Is

"A flag for Black death (always flies at full mast)" by Aay Preston-Myint CLOSING RECEPTION originally produced for the Terrain Biennial - we are having a closing reception for Aay Preston-Myint at What It Is on Sunday October 11th from 1pm - 3pm. 1pm - 3pm 1155 Lyman, Oak Park, IL, 60304 http://wot…

What It Is: Two exhibitions coming up via @wot_it_is, April 14th, Between Places in OP + Apr 18th David Constable at BLo...
04/08/2013
What It Is: To the power of 2

What It Is: Two exhibitions coming up via @wot_it_is, April 14th, Between Places in OP + Apr 18th David Constable at BLock 37

Ok, now that we've got that out of the way, Holly and I have been pretty crazy busy setting up our new business (more about this at bottom of this email) so we haven't really done much this last 4 months. However like all good public transit services nothing happens and then two of them come along o...

News and updates from Tom Burtonwood, The Bus Trip to LA and The 3D Printer Experience @3dpx in Chicago
04/05/2013
News + updates from Tom Burtonwood

News and updates from Tom Burtonwood, The Bus Trip to LA and The 3D Printer Experience @3dpx in Chicago

Howdy, It's been a while since the last update  --- so i've got a few things to share. First – to all my friends in Los Angeles  – I have two paintings (inc. above) featured in a show opening on Friday April 5th at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, “The Bus: 29 Hooligans from Chicago” organized by Tony Fitzp...

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04/01/2013

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What It Is: Its Juice is Medicine for the Eyes, curated by Sara Van De Walle, opens Friday Dec 14th
12/10/2012
What It Is: Its Juice is Medicine for the Eyes

What It Is: Its Juice is Medicine for the Eyes, curated by Sara Van De Walle, opens Friday Dec 14th

What It Is 23 East Monroe, Chicago, ILOpening reception 12/14/10, 5:30 - 8:30pm Exh. continues through 01/13/13  Featuring work by:William LamsonGuy GoldsteinBarbara KoenenNathan AldridgeSamuel Sotelo-AvilaDarryl Westly-DennardEmil Matirosian

What It Is: Aqua at the Aqua Hotel
12/06/2012

What It Is: Aqua at the Aqua Hotel

What It Is, returns to Aqua Miami
11/30/2012
What It Is returns to Aqua Miami

What It Is, returns to Aqua Miami

What It Is is excited be at Aqua Art Miami next week for the Art Basel Miami Beach weekender. We are returning with six artists: Lise Haller Baggesen, Tom Burtonwood, Jacob Crose, Holly Holmes, Xiangshen Jason Guo and Stoic Swine, exhibiting in a range of media.

Aqua Art Miami
11/30/2012

Aqua Art Miami

Well, we just checked the results of the poll on the Best Emerging Art Fair in Miami, which New American Paintings magazine ran around the elections earlier this month, and Aqua is at the top, by a really wide margin. Thank you to all who voted for us this year! See you at the fair next week. Cheers! :-)

Improbable Objects exhibiting 3D printed art works at Aqua Miami #aquaartfair @improbjects @wot_it_is
11/29/2012
Improbable Objects exhibiting at Aqua Miami

Improbable Objects exhibiting 3D printed art works at Aqua Miami #aquaartfair @improbjects @wot_it_is

Improbable Objects will be exhibiting with our good friends What It Is at the 2012 edition of Aqua Art Miami. Come to the Aqua Hotel on Collins Ave., between Thursday the 6th and Sunday the 9th of December to check out our 3D printed editions and multiples. We will have copies of both “Dr. N.A.T.O.M...

Aqua Art Miami
11/27/2012

Aqua Art Miami

All packed, ready and off to Miami today. Hope to see you all at Aqua next week. Cheers! :-)

Chicago, New work by Teresa Albor 09/06 – 10/06/12 | What It Is
09/03/2012
Chicago, New work by Teresa Albor 09/06 – 10/06/12 | What It Is

Chicago, New work by Teresa Albor 09/06 – 10/06/12 | What It Is

The messy vitality of a city and “why people build things as opposed to why they say they build things” inform this work, which is constructed from wood, plaster, hardware, and industrial finishes. Making the work has involved exhausting, physical, cathartic, and untidy processes. The final installa...

David ConstableAdflora-um2012
08/10/2012

David Constable
Adflora-um
2012

AdFlora-um New work by David Constable Opening reception: Thursday August 2nd, 5pm – 8pm Exhibition continues through 25th August WHAT IT IS 23 East Madison, Chicago, IL, 60602 Art Forum magazine is a publication which registers its foolscap upon a square. This publication is arguably at the lead edge of printing prescient; its foolscap is printed premium. Consequently AdFlora-um will feature a number of folded incursions to illustrate the manifest potential of such. Premium printed foolscap advertising/discussing Art is a manufactured prime stock which will be utilized to produce manifold paper construction. david constable July, 2012 David Constable is a Scottish artist based in the USA. He has exhibited internationally since 1998. Selected exhibitions include Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN; Chawnoiserie, Fountain Studios, Brooklyn, NY; 300 dpi, Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland;All‐Terrain, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Solo Exhibition, Marginal, The University of Seville, Department of Architecture, Seville, Spain; Reconstruction, Gallery HQ/Kansas City, The Stray Show, Chicago, IL and GARDENfresh Gallery, Chicago, IL. Constable received his BA Hons from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1989 and his MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL in 2003. http://dcon-stable.com/home.html

What It Is: open till 5pm today, come see Adflora-um, a new installation by Scottish artist David Constable up till Aug ...
08/10/2012

What It Is: open till 5pm today, come see Adflora-um, a new installation by Scottish artist David Constable up till Aug 25th. 23 East Madison, ChiIL, 60602 http://wot-it-is.com

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08/03/2012

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David ConstableAdflora-um2012http://dcon-stable.com
08/03/2012

David Constable
Adflora-um
2012
http://dcon-stable.com

AdFlora-um New work by David Constable Opening reception: Thursday August 2nd, 5pm – 8pm Exhibition continues through 25th August WHAT IT IS 23 East Madison, Chicago, IL, 60602 Art Forum magazine is a publication which registers its foolscap upon a square. This publication is arguably at the lead edge of printing prescient; its foolscap is printed premium. Consequently AdFlora-um will feature a number of folded incursions to illustrate the manifest potential of such. Premium printed foolscap advertising/discussing Art is a manufactured prime stock which will be utilized to produce manifold paper construction. david constable July, 2012 David Constable is a Scottish artist based in the USA. He has exhibited internationally since 1998. Selected exhibitions include Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN; Chawnoiserie, Fountain Studios, Brooklyn, NY; 300 dpi, Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland;All‐Terrain, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Solo Exhibition, Marginal, The University of Seville, Department of Architecture, Seville, Spain; Reconstruction, Gallery HQ/Kansas City, The Stray Show, Chicago, IL and GARDENfresh Gallery, Chicago, IL. Constable received his BA Hons from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1989 and his MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL in 2003. http://dcon-stable.com/home.html

What It Is: Redacted Forum, new work by David Constable, opening reception Thursday August 2nd, 5-8pm
07/29/2012
What It Is: AdFlora-um, new work by David Constable

What It Is: Redacted Forum, new work by David Constable, opening reception Thursday August 2nd, 5-8pm

Art Forum magazine is a publication which registers its foolscap upon a square. This publication is arguably at the lead edge of printing prescient; its foolscap is printed premium. Consequently AdFlora-um will feature a number of folded incursions to illustrate the manifest potential of such. Premi...

Here is a compilation of a few of the pieces on display at Imaginal! To see these and other awesome pieces, come by the ...
07/19/2012

Here is a compilation of a few of the pieces on display at Imaginal! To see these and other awesome pieces, come by the gallery and check em out!

What It Is: new exhibition opening 07/12/12 Imaginal curated by C. E. Kim
07/08/2012
What It Is: Imaginal curated by C. E. Kim

What It Is: new exhibition opening 07/12/12 Imaginal curated by C. E. Kim

The world can be flat, concrete, and without movement. The imagination is what creates movement by conceptualizing a place called the Imaginal. Entrance into this space happens in and through the art. The Imaginal is a liminal space between reality and fantasy; a place where composition, technique, ...

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05/24/2012
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05/16/2012

Hey ho - this week we're only open on Thursday. Hol and I are in NYC. Our good friend Teresa Albor is going to be sitting the space Thursday - please pop in and say hi, and check out Paul's show while it's still up.
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Project RE_ by Samuel Bernier
05/02/2012
Project RE_ by Samuel Bernier

Project RE_ by Samuel Bernier

UPcycling with an UP! Personal and Portable 3D Printer. This experiment of Project RE_ explores 3D printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Customised ...

04/27/2012

Today and tomorrow are the last days to Patrick Lichty show Ex Nihilo and Improbable Objects. 12-5

Patrick Lichty interview + article with Pioneer Press talking about his current solo show at What It Is.
04/14/2012
Oak Park artist turns virtual into reality - Franklin Park Herald-Journal

Patrick Lichty interview + article with Pioneer Press talking about his current solo show at What It Is.

Most of us, these days, are spending more and more time in the digital/virtual world, staring at our computer screens and immersing ourselves in the Internet whether we like it or not. Few of us have been doing it as long, or as diligently, or

What It Is: Patrick Lichty: Ex Nihilo / Improbable Objects, opens Thurs 29th March, 5 - 8pm
03/26/2012
What It Is: Patrick Lichty / Improbable Objects

What It Is: Patrick Lichty: Ex Nihilo / Improbable Objects, opens Thurs 29th March, 5 - 8pm

Participants include: Samuel Bernier, Josh Billions, Jordan Bunker, Scott Carter, Theodore Darst, Mike Dorries, Micah Ganske, Bilal Ghalib, Claudia Hart, Taylor Hokanson, Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Sophie Kahn, Patrick Lichty, Mike Moceri, Harvey Moon, Christian Oiticica, Dan Price, Rob Ray, Emily Schu...

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03/20/2012

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