Since moving almost two years ago, this collection continues to expand. It consists of objects I have found in the backyard while gardening, buried in the dirt, or along the side of the house. Once Chicago finally warms up for real (it snowed last night), I look forward to new discoveries as the growing season begins.

Since moving almost two years ago, this collection continues to expand. It consists of objects I have found in the backyard while gardening, buried in the dirt, or along the side of the house. Once Chicago finally warms up for real (it snowed last night), I look forward to new discoveries as the growing season begins.

Black Experiences - An Anthology by Johnie T. McDonald, self-published, 1973. Cover art by Frank Davis. I picked up this small chap book of poems at an estate sale in Chicago this morning at a home belonging to McDonald.

Black Experiences - An Anthology by Johnie T. McDonald, self-published, 1973. Cover art by Frank Davis. I picked up this small chap book of poems at an estate sale in Chicago this morning at a home belonging to McDonald.

Explosion of Chicago’s Black Street Gangs - 1900 to Present, by Useni Eugene Perkins, Third World Press, Chicago, 1987. I picked up a copy of this rather slender book (considering its subject) at an estate sale this morning, from the home of the late Johnie T. McDonald. This copy is inscribed to McDonald by the author.

Explosion of Chicago’s Black Street Gangs - 1900 to Present, by Useni Eugene Perkins, Third World Press, Chicago, 1987. I picked up a copy of this rather slender book (considering its subject) at an estate sale this morning, from the home of the late Johnie T. McDonald. This copy is inscribed to McDonald by the author.

If you are in Chicago, Public Collectors will have a small selection of objects (including the above card and more from this Forming Sounds set) at Lovely Bake Shop on 1130 North Milwaukee, from February 14-20th. There’s a reception from 5:00-7:00 PM on the 14th. Here are some more details about the show.Kilroy Was And/Or Was Not Here (and so are you)Public Art As Correspondence “A series of visual stories communicating through product design, installations, typography and sculpture. Designs that use smells acquainting nostalgia positioned at a pop-up gallery inside a bakery. Typographic installations that will illuminate forms of communication that is beyond language. Endearing and quirky entendres expressed in fantastical forms. Pieces that engage the audience in a familiar and welcoming space of a bakery through sight and smell. Curated by Tori Terizakis (BFA 2008) with essay by Stamps faculty Seth Ellis. Participants include Stamps faculty Roland Graf + Assocreation and Seth Ellis, alumni Ben Van Dyke (MFA 2006) and Mallory Baran (BFA 2011), John Kannenberg (MFA 2012) current MFA candidate Mia Cinelli and Chicago initiative Public Collectors and Lambchop.

If you are in Chicago, Public Collectors will have a small selection of objects (including the above card and more from this Forming Sounds set) at Lovely Bake Shop on 1130 North Milwaukee, from February 14-20th. There’s a reception from 5:00-7:00 PM on the 14th. Here are some more details about the show.

Kilroy Was And/Or Was Not Here (and so are you)
Public Art As Correspondence “A series of visual stories communicating through product design, installations, typography and sculpture. Designs that use smells acquainting nostalgia positioned at a pop-up gallery inside a bakery. Typographic installations that will illuminate forms of communication that is beyond language. Endearing and quirky entendres expressed in fantastical forms. Pieces that engage the audience in a familiar and welcoming space of a bakery through sight and smell. Curated by Tori Terizakis (BFA 2008) with essay by Stamps faculty Seth Ellis. Participants include Stamps faculty Roland Graf + Assocreation and Seth Ellis, alumni Ben Van Dyke (MFA 2006) and Mallory Baran (BFA 2011), John Kannenberg (MFA 2012) current MFA candidate Mia Cinelli and Chicago initiative Public Collectors and Lambchop.

A sign spotted in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood a couple days ago while I was walking to get groceries during the snowstorm. God watches all who steal Christmas ornaments. And so do some of the cameras in the neighborhood.

A sign spotted in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood a couple days ago while I was walking to get groceries during the snowstorm. God watches all who steal Christmas ornaments. And so do some of the cameras in the neighborhood.

Suicide ticket stub from a 1999 show at the Double Door in Chicago. I attended this show and it nearly didn’t happen because some jackass set off a fire alarm and the entire club had to be evacuated right after midnight and before Suicide went on. Thankfully everything was resolved fairly quickly and by about 12:30 in the morning everyone was back in the club. Suicide were incredibly loud, absolutely pulverized their songs beyond recognition in many cases, and were really great. I actually sent a total fan email to Martin Rev after the show and he sent a very short but nice reply. This post is a Public Collectors Request Line fulfillment for balderdash who asked me to post ticket stubs. I actually just found a folder filled with tons of them so maybe I’ll post a couple more.

Suicide ticket stub from a 1999 show at the Double Door in Chicago. I attended this show and it nearly didn’t happen because some jackass set off a fire alarm and the entire club had to be evacuated right after midnight and before Suicide went on. Thankfully everything was resolved fairly quickly and by about 12:30 in the morning everyone was back in the club. Suicide were incredibly loud, absolutely pulverized their songs beyond recognition in many cases, and were really great. I actually sent a total fan email to Martin Rev after the show and he sent a very short but nice reply.

This post is a Public Collectors Request Line fulfillment for balderdash who asked me to post ticket stubs. I actually just found a folder filled with tons of them so maybe I’ll post a couple more.

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of the day that Malachi Ritscher publicly took his own life in protest of the Iraq War. Ritscher was a Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, hot-pepper-sauce maker, and supporter of experimental and improvised music. I visited his grave this morning at Calvary Cemetery and brought him four Habanero peppers. I hope he would have liked them. They looked right for the Fall colors. Malachi Ritscher will be the subject of a large project by my Public Collectors initiative next year. It has been an honor to spend time talking to his friends and family and thinking about his life and actions. More details on the project to follow later. Today is for remembering.

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of the day that Malachi Ritscher publicly took his own life in protest of the Iraq War. Ritscher was a Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, hot-pepper-sauce maker, and supporter of experimental and improvised music. I visited his grave this morning at Calvary Cemetery and brought him four Habanero peppers. I hope he would have liked them. They looked right for the Fall colors. 

Malachi Ritscher will be the subject of a large project by my Public Collectors initiative next year. It has been an honor to spend time talking to his friends and family and thinking about his life and actions. More details on the project to follow later. Today is for remembering.

Documentation of Halloween in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood this year. These are the final numbers from my house.

Documentation of Halloween in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood this year. These are the final numbers from my house.

The back page of a thick handout from a presentation by Francis J. Harris titled “MANAGEMENT that WORKS” that was given to staff during The Chicago Public Library All Staff Institute Day. I found this left behind in a meeting room at Harold Washington Library in the early 2000s. I love handouts like this - particularly when they are filled with giant exclamations that fill entire pages, which is mostly what this photocopied handout looks like.

The back page of a thick handout from a presentation by Francis J. Harris titled “MANAGEMENT that WORKS” that was given to staff during The Chicago Public Library All Staff Institute Day. I found this left behind in a meeting room at Harold Washington Library in the early 2000s. I love handouts like this - particularly when they are filled with giant exclamations that fill entire pages, which is mostly what this photocopied handout looks like.

A note about the concept of eminent domain, found on the sidewalk in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, May 2013. 

A note about the concept of eminent domain, found on the sidewalk in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, May 2013. 

A collection of practice heads in the window of a salon on Western Avenue in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

A collection of practice heads in the window of a salon on Western Avenue in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

A detail of a hand-painted sign on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

A detail of a hand-painted sign on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

Some delicious hand-painted Mexican pastries, offered on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Cupcake? Cheese cake? Strawberry shortcake? 

Some delicious hand-painted Mexican pastries, offered on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Cupcake? Cheese cake? Strawberry shortcake? 

Some delicious hand-painted Mexican pastries, offered on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

Some delicious hand-painted Mexican pastries, offered on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

A sign issuing an unusually formal warning to drug pushers, documented yesterday on Chicago’s West side.

A sign issuing an unusually formal warning to drug pushers, documented yesterday on Chicago’s West side.

75 notes