7th Annual Oxford Film Festival
February 4 – 7, 2010
Malco Oxford Studio Cinema
Oxford, Mississippi

Join me for the screening of my video, Westhope: Above and Below during the Experimental Block of the festival on Saturday, February 6 at 1 pm.

Read my Take 5 with “Westhope: Above and Below” interview for the Oxford Film Festival. And remember to rate my video after the screening!

Founded in 2003 as a project of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Oxford Film Festival is an independent non-profit organization committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema. This is accomplished in its annual four-day event (currently in February), which brings films and filmmakers from as far away as Los Angeles and New York to North Mississippi to screen alongside the work of local filmmakers. The festival screens between 75 and 100 films of varying lengths and categories (animation, documentary feature and short, experimental, narrative feature and short), hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events. The Oxford Film Festival entertains and educates its participants, providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to watch independent films, as well as to meet the filmmakers and learn from industry professionals. The variety of films, in addition to the panels, attracts filmgoers of all ages and backgrounds.


I have photography and video work in the current group show at Gallery 130 curated by Brooke White along with Dwayne Butcher, April Grayson, Matt Moore, and Anne Massoni.

Lo-Fi, Hi-Fi: Contemporary Video Art
January 30 – February 5, 2010
Reception: February 4, 4 – 6 pm
Gallery 130
University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi

Rodney Carswell is a great artist and an amazing professor.  I am excited to see his latest work at Devening Projects + Editions this weekend.

Rodney Carswell: hither and yon (little prisons)
January 31 – March 1, 2010
Saturdays 12 – 6 pm and by appointment
Opening reception: Sunday, January 31, 4 – 7 pm
Devening Projects + Editions
3039 West Carroll, Chicago

Rodney Carswell continues a rigorous and newly energized pursuit of formalist poetics with a series of paintings and works on paper for this second exhibition with the gallery. Rodney Carswell is Professor Emeritus at the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago; he lives in Chicago and Munster, Indiana.

Adam Ekberg


Adam Ekberg: In the between
December 11, 2009 – February 6, 2010
Thomas Robertello Gallery
939 W Randolph St

Chicago-based photographer Adam Ekberg will present an artist talk about his exhibition In the between at Thomas Robertello Gallery on Saturday January 30, 3:00 pm.

Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics
Temporary Services and a variety of collaborators
January 26th – March 6th 2010
Reception: Wednesday, January 27th, 5-8 pm
Gallery 400 at UIC
400 S. Peoria Street

Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics, is a newspaper and website (artandwork.us) that consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property. The independently published newspaper is distributed throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

The exhibition features a display of the newspaper, a distribution site for the Chicago area, related materials and multiple lectures and workshops and events related to economic sustainability. (See below listing for events.)

The 40-page newspaper features the writings, images, and work of Julia Bryan-Wilson, Holland Cotter, Tim Kerr, Nance Klehm, Harrell Fletcher, Futurefarmers, Robin Hewlett, Nicolas Lampert, Lize Mogel, Dan S. Wang, Gregory Sholette, Dylan A.T. Miner, Christina Ulke and Marc Herbst of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, OurGoods, Chris Burden, Scott Berzofsky, John Duda, InCUBATE, Linda Frye Burnham, ILSSA, Cooley Windsor, Brian Holmes, Nick Tobier, Lolita Hernandez, Stacy Malasky, Nate Mullen, Aaron Timlin, Harold Jefferies, W&N, Damon Rich, Teaching Artist Union, FEAST, 16 Beaver Group, W.A.G.E., Chris Kennedy, Nato Thompson, Carolina Caycedo, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Anthony Elms, Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook, and many other artists, art workers, curators, interns, volunteers, writers, and activists. Check out http://www.artandwork.us for more writing, images, and ideas that didnÕt make the print edition. There are places there to share your thoughts and ideas and connect with other artists, teachers, students, arts administrators, curators, preparators, and interns.

Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. The group is based in Illinois and has existed, with several changes in membership and structure, since 1998. Temporary Services has produced exhibitions, events, projects, and publications worldwide in both institutions and public spaces. In 2008 Temporary Services initiated Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and an experimental online store.

The Free Store
Melinda Fries, Salem Collo-Julin, and Biggest Fags Ever (Zena Sakowski & Rob Kelly)
January 26th – March 6th 2010
Reception: Wednesday, January 27th, 5-8 pm

The Free Store is a nomadic, temporary free store that irregularly visits a variety of Chicagoland neighborhoods. The Free Store, open during all gallery hours, invites you to be involved: come to the store, bring stuff you want to give away, and take stuff that you want. There is no restriction on what you can take; you don’t have to trade or barter. Just take it.

The Free Store takes as inspiration the long-running gift-economy tradition of swap shops, free shops and other similarly named initiatives where materials and services are offered free of charge. Free stores had a brief heyday in the U.S. during the late sixties, with perhaps the most famous example being the free store run by the radical theater/community-action group the Diggers in the San Francisco Bay area. For links to recent examples of free shops visit The Free Store website: freestorechicago.org

The Free Store will be open for business during all related events (see below listing).

To be successful, WE NEED YOUR ITEMS OR SERVICES. Items can be dropped off at Gallery 400 during open hours. The Free Store organizers are always happy to accept donations (everything except for people, animals, and illegal/toxic substances).

Contact The Free Store directly: free@freestorechicago.org or 773-562-1428.

Related Events for Art Work & The Free Store:

Art Work introduction & discussion by Temporary Services
Saturday, January 30, 6-8 pm

Workers from The Greenhouses of Hope at the Pacific Garden Mission discuss closing the loop
Saturday, February 6, 2-5 pm

Nicolas Lampert lecture on artists unions
Monday, February 15, 6-8 pm

FAIR: two-day local maker and publisher fair (with multiple presentations TBA)
Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 12Ð6 pm

Drawing with Harold Jeffries event and screening of the documentary “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
Friday, March 5, 2-6 pm (screening at 4 pm)

Brian Holmes lecture and Half Letter Press event
Saturday March 6, 6-8 pm

Last Day Blowout at The Free Store with plenty of surprises
Saturday, March 6. 12-8 pm

Spring 2010: Lectures in Photography at Columbia College Chicago

Mitch Epstein
Thursday, February 18 6:00 PM
Ferguson Lecture Hall
600 South Michigan Avenue, 1st floor
Lecture to be followed by a book signing and reception hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Photography

Mickalene Thomas
Thursday, March 18 6:00 PM
Stage Two
618 South Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor

Hellen van Meene
Thursday, April 29 6:00 PM
Stage Two
618 South Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor

Onè Respe Issue 1: A Photographic Benefit for the Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake

All proceeds go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti relief.

Several photographers, including the iconic photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, have donated photographs to help create this special fund-raising collection of captivating images to benefit the people of Haiti. The title Haiti: Onè Respe comes from a traditional Haitian greeting meaning “honor and respect.”

Since MagCloud has generously offered to pay for the printing costs, your purchase price will be donated in full to the American Red Cross
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Photographs by: Chet Gordon, Kari Hartmann, Mary Ellen Mark, Peter Pereira, and Lindsay Stark.

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