James Jankowiak was born (1969) and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. After a decade of developing his own visual language through graffiti wild style lettering as Casper, he decided to make his studio practice his first priority. He still lives on the south side with his wife Jennifer and sons James and David, and his two dogs, Isabella and Luca.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Taylor Hokanson is a DIY engineer, CAD/CAM evangelist, and an Assistant Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago. Like the digital media at the center of his research, Hokanson's practice blurs the boundaries between conceptual art and the hard sciences. He frequently works with hacked electronics, changing the function of common consumer gadgets so that they become alien and unfamiliar. His Sledgehammer-operated Keyboard (which will be on view at Dock 6) is a popular example: in changing the scale, material and interface of a common device, Hokanson asks the user to reconsider a communicative medium devalued by ease of use.