Shift/Place: Christopher Breedlove – a Chicago Retrospective

Big Star by Christopher Breedlove

Join us as we bid farewell to Christopher Breedlove, an artist and community organizer who has called Chicago home for the past decade.

Christopher’s unique process blends natural elements such as found wood and screen-printing with the most (literally) cutting-edge laser technology, acrylic and metal to produce pieces that transcend genre and look like nothing else out there. His work can be everything from large scale interactive installation, heavy sculpture, delicate 3D art and fabric to intimate wall pieces. He references natural forms, sacred geometries and fractals, but also the form and function of the high tech tools used to create these shapes – Breedlove’s art trembles at the intersection of cyberpathy and nature-reverence.

Three years ago he travelled to Taiwan, where he created the Taixi Wind Temple sculpture at the TaiXi International Arts Festival. Last year he produced a group of amazing pieces called “Digital Seed” during a residency at IFL (Idea Fabrication Labs) in Chico, California. He has continued to evolve and expand his Human Avatar Project, a massive interactive projection installation that has become a fixture at the Electric Forest festival. His work with Remixed Ink has been seen at private events around North America as well as at Envision, Infrasond, Symbiosis and Burning Man, and his designs have travelled around the world, landing everywhere from juice shops to art cars, streetcorners and galleries.

In addition to these diverse art endeavors, Christopher has worked with Burners Without Borders (BWB) to facilitate numerous community grant salons that have granted thousands of dollars for projects both in the U.S. and abroad.

Pen, Ink and Song
Pen, Ink and Song opening shot

This is the second time Pen, Ink & Song has been honored to show his art, and it’s a bittersweet occasion, as he is setting his sights on California this fall, to fill the role of Program Manager of BWB at the Burning Man Organization’s San Francisco headquarters. Still up view is Kevin Fair’s Guest-check swarm, and the rest of the labyrinthine Flatiron Arts Building will be open for First Friday festivities surrounding the annual “Now You See It – Now You Don’t” temporary mural show. Come get lost! -PI&S

1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Studio #344, Chicago, IL 60622 / Oct 2nd, 7-11PM

NYSI Muralist: George Larson

George Larson's mural for 2015's Now You See It
George Larson’s mural for 2015’s Now You See It

My art is inspired by…

Mostly self taught. I never intended to be an artist. It just became a necessity. I took one beginning painting class for therapy after I started getting chronic headaches. Doctors and self-medicating was not helping. What did I have to lose? I had not even taken art in high school.Creating art has given me positive goals for the future.

My Art is trying to capture the subliminal ironies and absurdities of events, words, and things, real or imagined. This is for my need of comprehension, and my need to create beauty with an alternate reality. To share this is also desired

“Mistaken Identity III”, is about a time when I was camping in some mountains and I was listening for a train to pass to go to sleep. The train just kept going. Finally I realized I was miles from train tracks. It was a mountain stream that I was listening to.


Last Minute Call for “Now You See It”

Hello everyone!

We still have 5-6 open spots on our walls for “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” 2015 – our annual mural painting festival. Every artist gets a 8 by 6 foot wall space for a temporary mural and there is acrylic paint provided. No paint spray or markers, please! Space claim has already begun, so if you’re interested please apply ASAP!


And the winners are…



A Busman’s Gallery of the Art on the Walls at the Flat Iron Coyote.

After the Friday night opening, I took quick tour of the Flat Iron, camera in hand. I call it the Coyote ’15, the  Busman’s Gallery. Quick shots were taken while walking around the twisting halls. Many thanks to all the artists who participated in Coyote 15. Take a look at the gallery and enjoy.