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Chicago's Art World Insiders

Thomas Connors, Barri Leiner Grant, Tate Gunnerson, Jaclyn Jermyn & Kyle MacMillan | November 30, 2017 | Feature Features

Chicago's thriving art scene continues to surprise, with artists delving into unexpected mediums, gallerists changing the way collectors buy, and curators and art executives alike bringing new perspectives to the table. Here, a look at the top creative minds and how they are changing the city's cultural conversation.
Lindsey Liss

A neon artist brightens the national scene with work that’s both playful and serious.

You’ll want to look from every angle to fully take in the cunning wordplay and playful politics at work inside the Roscoe Village studio-slash-pop-art fun house of artist Lindsey Liss. A single visit makes you feel like you have been invited to the most exclusive carnival ever assembled, and you are in for a rich ride.

Liss has not only established herself as Chicago’s noteworthy name in neon and lenticulars (a printing process using 3-D technology), but also as part of the national scene. “Delusional,” her submission selected for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series at Gallery Guichard, gained extraordinary recognition and the attention of collectors and clients. “Words matter,” says Liss. “We have to choose them carefully.” Liss uses a mishmash of letters from old signs over her prints to turn a phrase on its head. Her upcoming show, PriceLISS, will be on display at Essentia Lincoln Park through the end of the year. A percentage of sales will benefit The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Three Arts Club. “The works are a celebration of the finer things in life; the things that can’t be bought and sold, only treasured.” 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., Ste. 104


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