THIS Friday, October 19th, Chicago’s own Evil Olive in the very cool Wicker Park neighborhood, will be hosting “UnVeil,” a collaborative effort between Sharpie artist Keith Skogstrom of Geodesic Designs and Loren Egeland of Soulfume Ink.
Keith, a furniture and mural artist in Chicago, IL, took a minute to fill us in on how this awesome project came to be!
I contacted the owner and requested to place a temporary mural on a vacant wall in his venue. Professionally, I’m constantly searching for public spaces in which to display artwork. For me, the idea is that as an artist I need to be making objects, and continue to put them in the public eye. It forces me to generate work and to maintain a presence in the community. I used my recent work at Violet Hour and Back Room, as examples of the proposed mural and after formally pitching him my proposal he put me in contact with the management team. We collaborated on how the installation would reflect both my aesthetics as a designer, and the needs of the venue. In order to best suit our collaborative needs I invited graphic artist, Loren Egeland of Soulfume Ink to participate in the creation of the installation. Loren created digital renderings of his contribution to the piece.
I then put together some drawings of the overall arrangement and design of my 12 panels.
Together we spent the last 4 months in my studio, also known as “The Sandbox”, building and designing the installation.
My contribution to the installation is inspired by the radial symmetry of gears, along with the mechanical processes involved in creating the shapes and panels themselves. I see the mechanical ratios of gears as patterns which I can distort. I use Sharpie markers to create implied depth and functional pattern on sculptural elements.
The final arrangement and size of the individual panels, is determined by the location of the mural within the venue. In this case, it is nestled under the steel stairs on a brick wall.
We look forward to unveiling this art installation and encourage everyone to join us on October 19th at 8PM at Evil Olive (1551 West Division).
You’ve seen how it all started, now head over to Evil Olive THIS Friday to see how it turned out!