Archive for the ‘art@D3’ Category


D3 vol.4 on Friday Nov. 19th 2010 Tyrue Slang Jones

November 17, 2010

Tyrue “Slang” Jones The Slave Shoe” 72in X 84in aerosol on canvas.

Artistic innovation has been a lifelong pursuit for Tyrue Jones. His approach and diverse style of tradition and nontraditional mediums has been considered fearless. He’s worked hard to become an established fine artist, graphic designer and professional television animator.

Also known as Slang, Chicago’s most influential graffiti artist, the Windy City’s streets still bear the legacy of the his mastery. Slang’s unique style has continuously evolved—from brick walls and subways of the urban landscape to canvas, fabric, television and film. His work has spanned three decades.

His signature style of “Figurative Graffiti” melds flowing shapes and ligatured letterforms of perfect symmetry and traditional figure painting. Included in this original design, he introduces an impressionistic color palette that can be seen thought out every medium he touches.

His canvasses have been shown in galleries throughout the continent. His past corporate clients include Warner Bros. Animation Studios, Startoons Animation Studios, Walt Disney Interactive, General Mills, Universal Music, Def Jam, Interscope, Allstate, Leo Burnett and Viacom (MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon).

One out of fifty Americans has come in contact with Tyrue Jones work, in one form or another.

“ Since I was a young child, my world has always been filled with color, rhythm and the passion to tell a story. Translating that onto a surface has become my legacy. The range of mediums that I chose to submerge myself in is instrumental in this creative symphony.”

Artist website
On line store



October 14, 2010

The D3 event series celebrates the innovators of Detroit techno and the 25th anniversary of this unique art-form. D3 (Discover Deconstruct Detroit) is not only a fusion of house and techno but a meeting of art, fashion and music as well. D’lectable Music along with VOLATL events have partnered with Artkiwon (a contemporary arts group) to bring a decidedly unique artistry to the events with live painting, live fashion and art in…stallations in the club environment for total transformation of Chicago’s most famous venue, Smart Bar. Past bookings include Stacey Pullen, Monty Luke, and Juan Atkins, each reflecting a unique movement of the evolution of Detroit techno. On November 19, Grammy nominated composer and world class DJ Carl Craig will be headlining the D3 event series. Mr. Craig’s role as an ambassador for Detroit techno, both through endeavors such as DEMF and his label, Planet E, have made him a treasure of the dance music community. Craig will play alongside D3 resident/and creator DJ Lady D and Chicago/Detroit favorite Jason Patrick, on Smart Bar’s top-notch Funktion One sound system. It is a terrific honor for the D3 event team, in conjunction with Smart Bar, to host Mr. Craig’s much-anticipated return to Chicago.

Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet, the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The 41-year old producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader. He saw his first release in 1989 on Virgin UK, with subsequent releases on Transmat and Fragile. Craig then launched his own imprint, Planet e, in 1991, using the production name 69. Craig’s prolific nature is reflected in the many recording names he has used — Innerzone Orchestra, 69, BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People and Tres Demented. Under a rotating cast of titles he has consistently churned out a succession of full length albums, mix CDs, EPs and singles including: “Throw” (1994), “Landcruising” (1995), “More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art” (1997) “Programmed” (1999), “The Detroit Experiment” (2002), “The Workout” (2002), “Just Another Day” (2004),“Fabric 25” (2005), “The Album Formerly Known As” (2007), “Paris Live” (2007), the career retrospective double CD “Sessions” (2008), “The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King” (2009) and “Recomposed” (2009). In addition, Craig is a much sought after remixer who received a Grammy nomination for his re-take of the Junior Boys track, “Like a Child”. 2011 will mark 20 years of Planet e, which is in an extremely active release cycle this year. Performing November 19 at the fourth installment of D3 will mark Craig’s first Chicago appearance in four years.

Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995 with a sound that transverses techno, house, acid, disco and back again. Recent remixes and productions with the likes of Gold-record producing Ron Carroll and up and comer Max Loomis, have found Jackson’s focus shifting to studio work, and her 15 year anniversary tour Fame 15, playing in cities this Fall and Winter. Her audiences are diverse; from celebrity bashes for the likes of Queen Latifah and Black Eyed Peas to packed rooms in Europe, Asia and Russia. Also known for top-notch A & R, Lady D managed the AfterHours label, and now runs her own imprint, D’lectable Music. The Chicago Public Library currently features Lady D and D’lectable in their Fall ad campaign. As resident DJ, Lady D’s energetic sets are a consistent measure of quality for every D3. On November 19 she will play with Loomis for a dynamic Joint Effort tag team.

Joining Mr. Craig and Lady D behind the decks, is Chicago’s Jason Patrick, formerly of Detroit. Jason’s recent appearances at Varsity All-Stars in Chicago, Bionic in San Francisco, and reSOLUTE Detroit have earned him a reputation for seamless mixing in his DJ sets and tight, well-mastered original productions. His Klectik 005 project, “Octollo,” received the support of top DJs. Jason now finds himself quite busy with remix projects and directing new projects for his label Klectik. His recent remix for Dilo and Gurtz recent “Lotus Brainbow” EP has been widely acclaimed and is currently climbing the Beatport charts.

D’lectable Music is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records since 2004 with names as diverse as DJ Sneak, Style of Eye and more. In an effort to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, Nadia Podolsky’s VOLATL Events has booked a myriad of genre-defining artists including Jeff Mills, Bruno Pronsato, Adam Beyer, Camea, Mr. C and more, while producing dozens of memorable events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to sound arrays. ArtKiwon, under the direction of SAIC grad and curator Kiwon Choi, has coordinated dozens of multimedia installations and shows. Art for this session of the D3 series will include installations from Choi, live video by Galina Shevchenko, interactive/relational experiences via Hoyun Son and live paintings done by Slang Jones to the music of our stellar DJ’s. Carl Craig@ D3VOLATL and Artkiwon work alongside D’lectable to curate the D3 night. A comprehensive scope of music, fashion, art and dance is what D3 seeks to achieve with every outing. Pre-Sale tickets are available via, or will be 12 USD at the door (before midnight) 15 USD after.


relational / conceptual performance artist Hoyun Son 9/17

September 13, 2010

Hoyun Son is a relational / conceptual artist working in various media includes text, performance, multi-media installation, and interactive installations. Her practice is mainly focused on generating new ideas/ways of quality life in this globalized, technology oriented society through open conversations and subtle but intentionally selective encounters arts can provide.  Born in Korea, Has background in Social Welfare and Information and Library Science. Hoyun Son moved to USA in 2001 to attend School of Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her BFA and MFA. She has performed in various public venues in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Seoul, Korea. Exhibited her works in Chicago, Houston, Romania, Boston, Norway and Korea. Also she is recipient of various awards and fellowships include National Endowment for the Arts through DCCA, Illinois Art Council, Skowhegan Painting and Sculpture, Santa Fe Art Institute, MacDowell Colony in USA, and Sandness Kommune of Norway.

Artist website

 Artist Blog

What’s the borderline of fantasy and acting of imagination? What kind of fantasy can you not pursue in reality and what can enhance your life?

You are in a bar, there are many people around you, are you one of the people who keeps thinking “what ifs” but rarely acting out on it? Are you too shy to strike up a conversation with a stranger? Then this is a great opportunity for you to test your “acting skills” by participating in an art project, and see what that will lead to in Reality! Put on a different persona and ask strangers to take instant photos with you as if you are their silly buddies in action, awkward on the first date, passionate lovers, or secret admirer from high school, “missed connection”, long disconnected friends who haven’t met in 10 years.

Head gear to express and/or disguise you are provided by the artist, also the artist will assist you with your performance as a mediator and a performer.

Site-specific performance with Hoyun Son


Video Artist Galina Shevchenko

June 21, 2010

Galina did a Live VJ and her works was on the screen for the night D3@ Smartbar June 25th, 2010, and will be back for September 17th, 2010.

Artist Official Website

Come check out her amazing videos.

(in this Photo Galina Shevchenko)

Visuals by Galina Shevchenko
Fresh instances from Galina, inspired by revitalizing techno beat.
Galina Shevchenko, a Moscow born Chicago based video artist works across the mediums of live video performance, animation, and video installation.  Galina’s work is baroque & provocative,  it teases & questions, seduces & demands… Ultimately it is a delicious visual treat.
Galina has performed live video at numerous venues around Chicago including Rodan, Smart Bar, Sonotheque, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her art videos have been featured at contemporary video festivals in New York, Berlin and Moscow.

Artist (Live Painting) Sho Tsunoda for June 25th@D3

May 31, 2010

This is what Sho talks about his work.

Come to Smartbar and enjoy his art world together.

Artist Statement  by Sho Tsunoda

If I could be anything, I would like to be an artist. With one life I have, I would like to dedicate all my effort to what I love the most. I would like to picture the beauty of feeling things. Art was the only thing that allowed me to be myself completely. Painting taught me every one has his/her role. I would like to return favor by dedicating my art to people who desperately need art. I believe art is the ultimate way to depict passions, emotions, personal philosophy and thoughts as an individual regardless of sex, race, age or religion. In creating painting, I find beauty of humanity such as curiosity, self-improvement and appreciation of freedom, honesty and uniqueness. I believe every human has need to express themselves through what they do. I make art because art is the ultimate way of expressing self.

I am most passionate about abstract painting with oils because of the freedom I have in creating both shapes and colors. I usually paint with fingers because I feel my emotions are more directly transferred that way. Working intuitively without plans allows me to input different ideas and grow as an artist while I am painting. It helps me focus on momentary feelings within me. Color is extremely important for my works. I try to make them as intense as possible to express my passions throughout my life. I am flattered by how colors affect and interact with human minds. I use a lot of colors out of tube to represent vividness, intensity and pureness of life. I also believe that today we live further away from the ground than before. We barely touch mud today.I believe that it has been and it will affect the color of paintings. The colors used today are more saturated than in history.

Early impulse is one of themes in my painting. The first day I made art, it felt so right. I have something to put all my effort. I have a dream. I am living a dream. I am very happy to be able to truly enjoy and appreciate art and dedicate my life for it. I wouldn’t  be where I am without making a decision for taking risks.  I would like to paint as if I have never painted or I have never seen colors before. When my art was purely about my impulses that I couldn’t help feeling, I believe I was purest as an artist. Through painting, I search for core humanity that we all share and attempt to communicate with as many people as possible.

Sho is currently a residential artist of Flat Iron in Wicker Park.


Future D3 Artist Carl Craig in NY Times

February 10, 2010

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

2nd Wave Techno innovator Carl Craig recently performed at the Unsound Festival in New York City and here is the article reviewing this art music fusion (Craig created a live soundtrack to a Warhol film) .


art scene @ D3

January 31, 2010

[prak-sis] caa has organized their art shows in empty commercial stores, bars and clubs with the belief that art is an important part of one’s life experience. [prak-sis] aims to alleviate the emotional effects of economic crises while adding to not only the diversity but also the depth of the city culture.

Kiwon Choi creates live art experiences in various places and thinks the club is a very obvious performance set, without most of the attendants’ awareness. When people go clubbing they plan their night along considerations of time, space or setting and the DJ. They choose their outfit to express their character and move their body to the music. They try to find ways to express their interests other than verbal language in the set, like other art performances.

Hosting an art show for D3 at Smart Bar will have a significant impact on both artists and viewers.
Artists will challenge their role as entertainer. The experience will give artists an opportunity not only to expose their works in a non-gallery space but also to break any prejudice to it and create new works from the infinite inspiration between music, art and audience.

The guests will experience how art can elevate excitement and encourage an open mind to exchange their ideas. The biggest wish is that the guests enjoy the inspiration which evokes a change in the scene of their art work by being spontaneous and active.

Kiwon Choi

Artist list

DJ Jay Cho
born in Seoul, South Korea, currently studying at SAIC focuses on Sound.

Special guest: Doug Fogelson
Born in 1970, Chicago. Fogelson studied at Columbia College and SAIC, receiving his MFA in 1994. He has been recognized by numerous publication including Art News, Focus, and Photo District News, and his work is included in prominent museum, corporate, and private collections.

Terry Dixon
Terry Dixon is an interdisciplinary artist born in Washington DC. Terry composes new art perspectives by integrating art and technology through various visual techniques including painting, photography, computer art, video, and electronic music. In the mid 90’s he completed his MFA in art and technology at SAIC.

Galina Shevchenko
Born in Moscow, Chicago based multi media artist, videographer, and animator Shevchenko loves to combine visual elements with archetypal and cultural icons creating exquisite combinations of high and pop, classical and post modern artwork. Her video work took second prize at the Media Art Lab segment of Moscow International Film Festival and has been shown in Berlin at Director’s Lounge Video Festival, in New York at Red Shift Festival and in Chicago at the Motion Graphic Festival.

Spencer Hutchison
Born in Knoxville in 1984, Hutchison has been producing digital/new media works, primarily sound and video, under the moniker ersatz modem since 2003 while attending Indiana University. The most constant conceptual themes of his work have been exploring ‘alternative tangents to modern art movements and their canons’ through the use of digital technology as well as the pursuit of ‘ideal abstraction vis a vis sound’. Spencer received his BFA from SAIC in 2009; emphasis in Sound, New media and painting.

Dain Oh
Oh was born in 1988, and has lived between Seoul, Moscow, Dubai and Chicago. Currently studying at SAIC with an emphasis on film, video and new media, she uses the Internet and magic to make art and is the co-founder of curatorial duo “It Takes Two to Stereo”.

Raychel Winterton
Born in California in 1988, Winterton is currently studying at SAIC with an emphasis on Film, Video and New Media. She is called a “total video kid” on an important mission through space. She also goes by name of Waychill and/or Raychill.

Tse Xiao Guang
Born in Guangzhou, China in 1982; immigrated to US with family at the age 11 fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, Guang attended the University of Missouri from 2001-2006, emphasizing drawing and photography.

Fashion Performance

Special guest

Carron Little

Kelsey L. Connett

Connett grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois near St. Louis. She attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and received her degree in Textile design. That particular program has given her a rich background in several mediums such as surface design, weaving, paper making, book binding, metal smithing, ceramic and sculpture, all of which are incorporated into her Deconstructed Clothing style.

Nicole Briggs
Briggs is a Chicago-bred visual artist and owner of Shrink Boutique. Shrink Boutique expresses the hi/low style everyone’s rocking these days and gives as good as it gets. Briggs has taught photography to under-served kids at the Marwen Foundation and has worked with Amnesty International.

Live Art
Shelly Johnson aka Ruin

Johnson is a live visual artist who creates paintings in a live environment for audiences.  Having performed his live works at venues all over Chicago, Johnson creates to the beats using movement and sound as inspiration to direct energy into his canvases.