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The All - Inclusive 005.

An ArtNight Buffet.

Welcome to The All-Inclusive! Each month, we'll be highlighting different projects and perspectives from our community! From photos to stories to poetry to video to audio, this newsletter is meant to be a place for ArtNight updates as well as a mini-ArtNight within itself.  

Before we get into The All-Inclusive, a friendly reminder that the next ArtNight is on Friday August 21th! Please RSVP on our website if you'd like to attend :) It will start at 8PM central time on Zoom. This ArtNight will be the launch of the 77 project. We hope you enjoy the fifth issue of The All-Inclusive! Happy scrolling <3

Updates from Rob

ArtNight has an article in the Chicago Reader! Check us out here. A big thanks to Deanna Isaacs for writing the piece (and Jared did a great job telling the Reader what we’re all about). Keep on the lookout for more articles. 

 

On August 21st at 8:00 PM CT, the ArtNight is launching a new project that seeks to unify the 77 community areas of Chicago by building relationships with community organizations and encouraging sharers and participants throughout the city. Every month at this specially themed ArtNight, we’ll be uniting and celebrating our differences and commonalities that are found throughout Chicagoland. This project is a massive undertaking that will take around 2 years to have meaningful representation from all 77 community areas. For this reason, we’re becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit that can receive grant funding and tax deductible donations. If you have contacts with organizations and individuals that believe in our ambitious project, please connect us to them.

 

Art Cetera, the ArtNight podcast, is now on Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts! We have two episodes up currently and will be releasing a longer episode every couple of weeks with shorter episodes throughout the week. Jared designed the music for the podcast which featured AN regulars (including myself on ukulele). Listen to Mayank’s melodious voice whether you’re driving, showering, trying to fall asleep, or having a panic attack over the fact that Disney+ is charging $30 to watch the new Mulan.

 

In this month’s All-Inclusive we have Hannah Mira Friedland reminiscing on address plaques and Darcy Cagen sharing a scene from a film that she wrote. Taylor Schaub is our first featured writer, and every month she’ll be releasing a short piece exploring architecture and humanity.  

 

Enjoy,
Rob 

SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

This is why it's called ArtNight in an email.

Frameworks
Taylor C Schaub

The principal duty of an architect is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. This is written into our school programming, registration exams, and professional contracts. Beginning August 1st, 2020 Chicago will transition to a Modernized Building Code Standard after going through several years of evaluation. This adoption will attune building safety standards to better serve the dynamic needs of our citizens by providing a more relevant operational framework for the built-environment. 

As a larger metaphor, we operate within many scales of derivative frameworks, the paradox of this being it is the nature of nature. Each one evolves itself based on vernacular and global externalities. This article is a framework constrained by the meanings of words and character count. Our minds are bound by the framework of our learned narratives. Nature conducts itself within the frameworks of biology, inherently transmuting and adapting. Governmental frameworks hold together visible and invisible structures in which our daily lives cyclically conduct within. These frameworks provide context of progress, failure, and documentation of time. These frameworks allow creativity & plasticity to be guided. These frameworks, and to many degrees, laws of nature and of society, are meant to be molded by the experiencers of it. How is it that we can progressively use these metaphorical scaffolding to help tuckpoint the good parts, innovate ourselves as time unfolds, and continually evaluate our bones? 

Biography
Hey, I’m Taylor! Home has always been the Chicagoland area, I currently live downtown and work at a local architecture firm. I first attended ArtNight earlier this year in February. Find me on my bike somewhere in the city, or at home, curiously learning while hanging with my kitty.

   
 
Solidarity
The meanings of words are bound by the intent and interpretation. Nature is serving as a physical and metaphorical filter to the resonance of the word itself, a soft play of nature's cyclical growth among the rigidness of words in stone.
 
Plant
Yucca plant in filtered light. Nature's form operates within biological limits.
The scale is relative but important.
  

Ladder shadow
A literal metaphor. Frameworks leave shadows of the past that influence the future. Equally, frameworks are tools, hence the ladder.
 
  
 
Building
A building adhering to framework codes & standards, and each room within the building operating as a framework of use. A visual & rigid understanding of the complex frameworks that infiltrate our lives.

Art and Address Plaques
Hannah Mira Friedland



 

The meanings of words are bound by the intent and interpretation. Nature is serving as a physical and metaphorical filter to the resonance of the word itself, a soft play of nature's cyclical growth among the rigidness of words in stone.
 

When COVID set in four months ago, I began reading and doing The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, along with a creative cluster of old and new friends who virtually gather each week. Through a series of repetitive, generative, and playful tasks, The Artist’s Way emphasizes the action elements of recovering your artist, whatever it may be.
 

One of the first days, as I wrote my morning pages, a major tool in this guide, I had a newfound urge to make something related to an old house. I thought of the colorful, whimsical mosaic tiles sprinkled along walkways, stoops, and address plaques in the Twin Cities and Philadelphia neighborhoods where I once lived. I thought of the Arts & Crafts tradition and Henri Matisse’s romantic wallpapers and hopeful pops of pink in his paintings.
 

With these happy and vibrant images in mind, I painted an address plaque and secured it onto my bulletin board with my Grammy Ruth’s flower-embossed metal thumbtacks. While other things I make are filed away onto computers, paperclipped in folders, or exist as live sound, I love having something I made up on the bedroom wall that I see everyday - small yet significant proof for myself that I can make things and a reminder to do what I love.

 

Biography
Hannah Mira (she/her) lives in Chicago and works as the Membership & Administrative Assistant at the National Main Street Center. Her first ArtNight was January of 2018. In addition to learning about older architecture and urban planning, Hannah Mira enjoys playing viola in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and playing hockey.

Francis - Bacon

An excerpt from a screenplay by Darcy Cagen

Int. Art School - Classroom - Day

Liz sits across from Professor. Her office is just as you would expect a college creative writing professor's to look: messy. But in a creative way.

Liz takes out a notebook and pen from her backpack and puts it on the table. 

PROFESSOR

So, Liz, how has your semester been going?

LIZ

It's ok, I've just been busy with work.

PROFESSOR

Ah.

Pause.

The word "ah" lingers in the air.

Professor and Liz stare at each other in silence.

LIZ

Are you going to explain what you meant by that or...?

PROFESSOR

I was wondering why you didn't come to see me earlier, but that explains it.

LIZ

Ah.

PROFESSOR

Ah.

Pause.

LIZ

(Trying to keep her tone light)

Well I'm here now, aren't I?

PROFESSOR

I suppose.

(Beat)

So, Liz, let's start with your writing assignments you've turned in so far this semester, ok?

LIZ

Sounds good.

Close-up on Liz

PROFESSOR

You have lots of good qualities...

Liz nods her head.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

...you're very bright...

Liz nods her head.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

...you have a natural knack for storytelling...

Liz nods her head.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

...but your writing is, ah, how should I put it...hmmm.... I’m trying to think of a way to put this as delicately as possible...

Liz looks scared.

Cut to professor

Professor takes a sip of water and swishes it around in her mouth.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

(Practically spitting the word out)

Glib.

Cut back to Liz.

Liz stops nodding her head when she realizes that the compliments have ended.

LIZ

Glib?

PROFESSOR

Do you know what glib means?

Liz looks like she's racking her brain.

LIZ

(Mumbling)

Great, yet another word I have to add to my to-do list.

PROFESSOR

What to-do list?

LIZ

Actually, it's more of a bullet journal than a to-do list. Sorry, I should've clarified.

PROFESSOR

(Sighing)

Do you know what glib means?

LIZ

No, I don't think so.

PROFESSOR

What do you think it means?

LIZ

I don't know what context you're using it in.

PROFESSOR

(Frustrated)

I just told you that your writing is glib.

LIZ

Is that a good or a bad thing?

PROFESSOR

What do you think?

LIZ

I--I'm not too sure what I think.

PROFESSOR

Glib!

LIZ

Uh when you say it like that...fake?

Pause.

Cut to professor

PROFESSOR

Actually, it means...something like that.

(Beat)

I just want to be sure what it means. Hang on.

Professor pulls out her laptop and looks up the word glib.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

Glib. Readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so.

Cut to Liz

Liz looks hurt.

Professor puts her laptop away.

LIZ

How should I, uh, improve my writing to make it...not glib?

Cut to professor

PROFESSOR

(Looks down at paper)

I wrote here...these are so some suggestions that work for the other students...

Professor glances up Liz, and then down at her paper.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

Write more realistically. Go to coffee shops. Listen to how people speak.

Cut to Liz

Liz looks up at Professor to meet her gaze.

LIZ

(Mustering confidence, but still visibly upset)

I think I know how people speak.

Medium shot

Professor and Liz stare at each other in silence.

PROFESSOR

Liz, I'm just trying to help you.

LIZ

I think I want to drop out of school.

PROFESSOR

What?

(Beat)

You've only been here for six weeks. Are you sure this is something you've thought over? Really thought over?

LIZ

(More confident; she knows she's in control now)

Yes.

Pause.

Professor takes a sip of her water.

She puts her glass down and studies Liz.

PROFESSOR

Maybe you should have some time to think this over.

LIZ

I know what I want.

PROFESSOR

Is this something you planned on doing when you woke up this morning?

LIZ

No, I uhhh...yes?

PROFESSOR

(Sarcastically)

That sounded convincing.

LIZ

I don't need your sarcasm right now.

PROFESSOR

Look, Liz, normally I would send students to the Dean for acting out like this, but you're clearly upset so--

Liz

Well, you don't have to worry about that because I'm dropping out.

Liz puts her notebook in her backpack and zips it up.

PROFESSOR

Liz, maybe you should at least complete the semester and then you can--

LIZ

I know what I want.

Pause.

PROFESSOR

Ok then.

Liz gets up and starts walking toward the door.

PROFESSOR (CONT.)

Liz, since you seem to know what you want...what is it that you want that you aren't getting from school?

Liz stops in her tracks. She turns around and faces Professor. They both stare at each other for a few beats.

LIZ

I just want to find someone who understands me.

PROFESSOR

And where are you going to find that person?

Pause.

Liz looks down.

LIZ

(Softly)

I'm not sure.

Liz walks out and slams the door.

Thank you for tuning into the fifth edition of The All-Inclusive! Thank you for reading, and thank you to Taylor, Hannah Mira, and Darcy for sharing! If you'd like to be featured in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to Rob at rob@theartnightchicago.com - we'd love to learn more about what you're passionate about :)

We hope you're enjoying your summer and looking forward to the fall; see you at the next ArtNight!

S.W.A.L.K.,
- Mayank, Rob, and the ArtNight Team

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