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Have You Seen These Hands in Your Neighborhood?

By Paul Biasco | November 12, 2015 6:09am
 The Hearts & Minds exhibit opens Friday at the Hairpin Arts Center.
The Hearts & Minds exhibit opens Friday at the Hairpin Arts Center.
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Hearts & Minds

LOGAN SQUARE — Chances are you have seen a mystical-looking hand pasted all over the city in the past few months.

The original works were created by 25 artists with a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels as part of a collaborative exhibition that's meant to encourage interaction in the city's art community.

"I selected these 25 artists to be part of the Hearts & Minds project because they are either great inspiration, great art partners, or artists whom I believe to have great creative potential," said Brian Herrera, a street artist who goes by Attitude 7.

Herrera, the main curator of the project, worked with those 25 artists to display 22 pieces all over the city over the last four months.

The project is moving indoors this weekend for a three-week run at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave. It will feature 25 works by artists created for the indoor show as well as photos of the other 22 pieces that were installed on the street throughout the city.

Most of the 25 artists created one piece for the street and one for the gallery.

"It's not quite an all-city show, but it's a lot of people from all over Chicago," said Tracy Kostenbader, co-curator of the exhibit and co-founder of AnySquared, a Logan Square-based artists collective.

Kostenbader, whose work is also in the show, said the exhibit features artists ranging in age from 18 to 60.

"We have people who are very experienced artists, artists who are not particularly emerging, we have emerging artists and new artists in the show," she said.

The opening party for the exhibit will be from 6-10:30 p.m Friday at the Hairpin Arts Center and will feature a DJ, musical performances and a "living" painting.

On Nov. 20, Nando Espinosa will be showing a screening of an unfinished documentary about the exhibit at 8 p.m. at the Hairpin Arts Center.

Participating artists include Tracy Kostenbader, Peaceflow, Lucky Gnome, 978, Amie Sell, Nando Espinosa, Jorge Felix, Flash ABC, The Chup, Fedz, Müse, Jose Valdovinos, ABC Kills, Radah, Amara Betty Martin, Xeno Martinez, Cyberphunk, Teresa Magaña, Rizzy, Diana Solis, George Larson, Cesar Moyorido, Ashley Antunez, Bunny Xlv and Tararchy. All works are in collaboration with Attitude 7.

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