Loosey Goosey, a Chicago business that curates events throughout Chicago and publishes an annual art zine, held the final of three events in its “The Up & Coming” exhibition series on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Hosted by Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space, Saturday’s “Last Call” event followed two previous events: “Spoken Words” and “Film Screenings.”
“It’s been a great success, but definitely a first,” says Jordan Harness, Loosey Goosey project coordinator.
At Last Call, attendees enjoyed sustenance and libations as they made their way through the show. At one point in the evening, a barefoot young girl approached a mic setup near the entrance and said, “My name is Madison like the avenue and Pepper like the spice.” She performed a number of original pieces, as well as covers, and later joined Eli Taber to sing a duet of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah.”
Loosey Goosey Artists
The Up & Coming was an eclectic show that featured four aspiring Chicago artists representing different mediums.
Ryan Geiger is a visual artist who creates art through a technique of shaking printer ink. Cory Sever makes collages featuring humor, sexuality, pop culture and demonic attributes, according to his bio. Joseph Sido originally attended Columbia College for photography and in his last semester started cutting books to create poems.
Sido described his thought process as, “Why don’t I take these books that mean nothing to people and make art?” He says his approach is “intuitive,” taking a line from the book that speaks to him such as “he became diseased.” Dissecting books takes him between 80 to 110 hours. He started with dictionaries and then expanded to novels.
Jana Blue is a photographer with a passion for blue tones. “I love seeing something like this,” said attendee Cynthia Herrera, whose daughter takes private art lessons at Beauty and Brawn. “This is great for any neighborhood.”
Beauty and Brawn owner Lindsey Meyers offered Loosey Goosey the guidance and the space to finesse and grow their company and mission through the two-month Up & Coming art exhibition in Logan Square.
“Art is a business,” said Meyers. “It’s a learning process to make it a viable and noble profession.”
Meyers called Loosey Goosey “her adopted family” and helped them curate the pieces, write professional bios and draft company statements. Twenty-five original pieces were displayed and four were sold.
“When I met them, they were really excited and energetic,” says Meyers. “I am proud of Loosey Goosey.”
Editor’s Note: Loosey Goosey has organized several art exhibitions. This was the company’s first art exhibition with a series of events.