Assaf Evron's Overlooked Aesthetic

Assaf is an Israeli artist and former photojournalist who traded his motorcycle for an art practice. Assaf's studio is located in the Hyde Park Art Center, a large second floor studio packed with sculptures layered from door to window, a byproduct of his recent move from 2D to 3D.

Leslie

Leslie Baum's Hydradic Appetite

Leslie's studio is a storefront in Logan Square, a vast white space and former bodega a 1/2 block from her home. Utilizing all surfaces including the floor, Leslie works on several pieces at once to feed the many heads of her Hydra-like practice.

Leslie

Melanie Pankau's Geometric Meditations

Melanie's studio overlooks the skyline, a bright loft divided between her and her husband. Strands of tape litter one wall, pickings of her purposeful procedures in line and geometric form. Focusing intently on palette and drawings, Melanie's paintings go through several preliminary rounds before finally ending on a finished product.

Melanie

Jeroen Nelemans: Deconstructing the Life Form of the Digital Image

Jeroen's studio in the West Loop is tucked in the same space as ASPECT/RATIO, his husband's video art gallery. As a Dutch artist Jeroen is obsessed with light, using his work to pick apart its use in lasers, classic paintings and the digital image.

Jeroen

Andy Hall: Interrogating the Glass Object

Andy's studio resides in the basement of his Bucktown home, a floor below his family who frequently visit his space. Dedicating time to fully exploring a variety of materials, Andy consciously combines the ageless with the new to create varying materialistic depths in his sculptural pieces.

Andy Hall

Sofia Leiby's Nostalgia for the Future

Sofia's studio is within her Logan Square home, just beyond a make-shift wall that physically separates her studio from her bed. Casually entering and exiting the room's divide, Sofia focuses on her painting practice which has increasingly begun to lean toward the personal.

Sofia Leiby

Danny Giles: The Utility of Synthetics

Danny works from the home studio he shares with his partner in Rogers Park, a zen-filled apartment with lightly-colored walls and plush floor cushions. Creating work from florescent lengths of synthetic hair, Danny stretches the material's ability to point both away and towards the human body.

Danny Giles

Meg Noe's Witchy Kitsch

Meg recently graduated from Columbia College and moved into a minimalistic studio she shares with three others in Pilsen. Picking through cemetery refuse, Meg satiates her necromantic obsessions while dually finding inspiration for her digital and film photography.

Meg Noe

Alex Tam: Mark Making and Meditating the Void

Alex is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, and founder of South of the Tracks, a project he curates out of his studio space in Garfield Park. Alex focuses on creating image with more than the traditional modes of photography—focusing on the experiential rather than latent image.

Alex Tam

Ben Marcus's Power Culture

Ben is an artist and DJ living in Humboldt Park—the same home he first began hosting parties adorned by the colorful objects that now live within the realm of Total Therapy hosted at Berlin Nightclub. Ben curates late-night experiences, creating environments both visually and audibly.

Ben Marcus

Edra Soto's Grafted Relationships

Edra is a conceptual artist working out of her home in Garfield Park surrounded by two dogs, several masks and an array of work that her and her husband have collected over the years. It was this collection that was a major piece of inspiration for The Franklin, an exhibition space and free-standing structure existing just behind their home.

Edra Soto

Samantha Bittman's Patterned Prototypes

Samantha has traditionally created weavings and paintings out of her West Loop studio, but has recently moved her practice to incorporate small, unfixed tiles. The tiles remain separate, coming together to create site-specific patterns originally inspired by the weavings that she still creates on her in-studio loom.

Samantha Bittman

Steven Husby's Slowly Rotating Gestures

Steven is a painter and obsessive Tumblr curator living and working in Rogers Park. Through selective restriction, Steven produces meditative graphics with absolute precision.

Steven Husby

Alberto Aguilar's Momentary Monuments

Alberto uses found objects to construct sculptures—creating meaning between objects otherwise unnoticed. His studio, untied to the physical, exists within home, office, and transit.

Alberto Aguilar

Joseph Rynkiewicz: Suspending Disbelief
for the Intangible

Joseph is an archivist and sculptor who encourages his audience to participate further than a momentary observation of his work. From his studio in Garfield Park, Joseph subtly manipulates materials to share experiences that cannot necessarily be seen.

Joseph Rynkiewicz

Renee Robbins's Macro-Biotic Breeds

Renee generates minute and magnificently detailed lifeforms in her home and studio a short walk from the California Blue Line. By exploring both the macro and micro, she creates hybrid environments not found in the world or known cosmos.

Renee Robbins

Karolina Gnatowski's Tactile Narratives

Karolina currently works out of a second floor studio in Garfield Park, but her beadwork, weavings and sculptures exist somewhere in the 1990s. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to horror films, Karolina seeks to expose the drama that lies behind her taut textiles.

Karolina Gnatowski

Sabina Ott's Liminal Functionality

Surrounded by an extensive library, dog Alice, and endless cans of spray foam—Sabina creates sculptures from her studio just steps away from her home and exhibition space, Terrain.

Sabina Ott

Sarah and Joseph Belknap's Celestial Synchronicity

Sarah and Joseph have created their own orbit at the far end of the pink line. Looping effortlessly back and forth between their Cicero home and studio located in the backyard, the couple balance their love for 1000-year-old skulls and 1,000,000-year-old meteorites.

Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Vincent Uribe's Wearable Works and Work-Centered Spaces

Vincent is an artist, curator and director, balancing all three in his third floor gallery/apartment/studio in Wicker Park. Although Vincent's own practice took a back seat to LVL3 in the past, a recent jewelry inspiration draws his focus back to the studio.

Vincent Uribe

Stephen Eichhorn's Meditative Flora

Stephen Eichhorn's studio is on the second floor of his home in Ukrainian Village. Upstairs Stephen crafts collages that feature cacti, and sometimes cats. Downstairs Stephen's home features both.

Stephen Eichhorn

Sarah Leitten's Earth Juice

Sarah is a comic artist, sculptor, musician and turtle owner living and making art in Humboldt Park. In addition to wood-burning, comic creation, and mud monster molding, Sarah also uses her studio for sleeping, spying on the neighbors and white magic.

Sarah Leitten

CHARLIE MEGNA'S INTERDIMENSIONAL RITUALS

Charlie pulls inspiration for his work from childhood pow wows, societal rituals and a lifetime of skateboarding. His delicately devised tribal universe can be found in his studio and gallery, The Peanut Gallery, in Humboldt Park.

Charlie Megna

Clay Hickson's Knick-Knacks
and Artifacts [and Tits]

Clay gave us a tour of his studio and home in Pilsen. It used to be a funeral parlor, but is now home to a live man, Risograph and three-legged dog.

Clay Hickson