Posts Tagged ‘visual art’


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.