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A mash-up of my studio’s storied Wicker Park home and the iconic ship from Star Wars.

Soda Pop – Erotica Recondite: a Collection Curated by Keith Brownlee.

Join us Friday, February 5th for a celebration of erotica from a diverse group of artists, curated by Keith Brownlee.  From the Oxford English Dictionary’s entry for recondite –  Mid 17th century: from Latin reconditus ‘hidden, put away’, past participle of recondere, from re-‘back’ + condere ‘put together, secrete.’eroticareconditeChicago artist Keith Brownlee studied at the American Academy of Art, the School of the Art Institute Chicago and Columbia College. Keith has worked for 15 years in the commercial design industry and as a museum installation expert.

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From painting to sculpture, design and fabrication, Keith is a passionate teacher who loves the process of developing an idea into an artistic reality. His long and diverse resume includes opening Chicago’s Fetutio gallery, so as our guest curator at PI&S this February, he has assembled a body of work that delves into a world of erotica that is neither obvious or crass – but rather challenges the viewing audience’s preconceived notions of erotic art.

Featuring work by:

Jojo Baby
Ian Bennett
Keith Brownlee
Chris Cullner
Margaret Bobo Dancy
Karlis Kandero
Chuck Walker
Jeff Zelnio

The Flat Iron Arts building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. Studio#344, Pen, Ink & Song. 6- 10 pm.

The Empire Acquires … Your Childhood

The Walt Disney company is worth about $80 Billion. Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 at a valuation of about $4 Billion.


From now on, the Star Wars ‘canon’ will come to include whatever movies Disney churns out every Christmas, and Dark Horse comics will no longer publish Star Wars books – now Marvel comics will. Because Disney also acquired Marvel for about $4 Billion in 2009.

George Lucas might very well have created the most beloved fairytale of our time, and Stan Lee’s shop gave birth to the socially relevant superhero…but both companies were but little rogue ships by comparison to the Death Star that is Mickey and Co. Like the Empire we were raised to fear, Disney’s tractor beam will keep sucking up pieces of our culture. “That’s no moon…”

And speaking of moons…Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks Pictures’ films are marketed and distributed by its parent company -you guessed it- Disney.

December Guest Artist: Jeff Zelnio

Join us for December’s First Friday celebration at the Flatiron Arts Building this Friday the 4th, from 6 -10pm as we feature guest artist Jeff Zelnio, owner of the Etsy store “Pieces of my Art.”

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Jeff’s intricate mosaic work draws fans from all over the country. He makes wall pieces, fan art, switch covers, lights and much more. Jeff recently relocated to Chicago from Des Moines, where he worked for some years as a full-time artist. Jeff contributed time and effort to the Area 515 maker space in Des Moines and left his mark on the Iowa art scene before moving to our fair city.  The rest of the maze-like Flatiron will be open as well for our annual Holiday Bazaar! Food! Drink! Music! Gifts!


Flat Iron Flier xx

“Bile.” -Trump caricature.


The hate flowing from Donald Trump’s mouth shows no sign of ceasing…and although he might appeal to a certain demographic of white men who fear hispanics and hate women, that group is shrinking. Will Trump be remembered as a maverick tycoon? Or will we talk of his four bankruptcies and million dollar loan from daddy? “Trump” the name used to be a real estate logo. Now he’s the symbol of a dying america…an out-of-touch, withering, Twentieth Century business man with nothing to say and plenty to yell about.