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Studio Visit: Tom Torluemke

June 9th, 2009 No comments

[ Tom Torluemke ]

There are all sorts of good reasons to visit a studio. Some of the best reasons come to you when you are there or perhaps days later. I’ve wanted to visit Tom’s studio for a long now – to get a better look at what is behind his energy to produce. But when you come in with a camera – well things are just…

We all know that a person’s space can tell us a lot about the person and where a piece of work comes from. Sometimes a space can reveal a lot about their journey and where they come from or may be not. Tom’s most recent studio is in the basement of his home in Dyer Indiana. I visited with him there as he was preparing to meet with Greg Knight, Curator of the Chicago Cultural Center to discuss work selection for his upcoming show “After Glow.”


a favorite seat

The occasion offered the opportunity to discuss the art culture in Northwest Indiana and issues on our visual culture, painting and the making of art that I hope to continue later when I am not so opened eyed about Tom’s surroundings. 



Tom Torluemke has been a tremendous asset to Northwest Indiana, fostering a generation of young artist, while encouraging and producing most of the public art in the region. He is enormously prolific producing catalogues of work. 

For a better view of Tom’s work, you can visit the Chicago Cultural Center during to summer or his website. I hope to do another post focused on Tom’s work along with an art statement. 

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Chicago, IL

Exhibit Dates: July 3 – September 27

Opening Reception: Friday, July 10  (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Categories: Studio Visits

Studio Visit: Ish Muhammad

April 1st, 2009 2 comments

[ Ish Muhammad ]

This weekend I visited with Ish in his Hammond studio. Ish grew up in East Chicago and was apart of the Chicago East Chicago graffiti art scene of the 1980s and did a lot of work with Cisa Studios over the years. He recently has focused on his art career and has begun showing quiet a lot lately. Ish presently has an “unofficial retrospect” at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art






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Studio Visit: Jens Brasch

March 19th, 2009 No comments
Categories: Studio Visits