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"What If" Art Show in Chicago

August 22, 2011

I went to an art show in River North neighborhood last Saturday named “What If: An International Art Show” which had a running theme of alternate universes and alternate histories.  There was a museum display of the phaser weapon used to assassinate President Lincoln in the year 3062.  Divergent forms of pop culture and forms of art were presented as taken from their otherworldly settings.  The show was really fun and it was nice to attend an art show with an imaginative theme.

Here is a small sampling of some of the pieces on display.  There was a mix of digital media and physical media, 3-D and 2-D; works were in a broad spectrum of media.  Title cards did not list size or media; they were just presented with the title and the name of the artist.  Here is imagery from some of my better photographs.

Portrait of George Washington at Brandywine, 1777 Post Gamma-Ray Fallout at The Battle of Trenton by Rachel Gottesman

Unknown by Stephanie Brown

The Birth of Neptune by Nick Comparone

The Birth of Neptune [detail] by Nick Comparone

These United States by Jon Contino

Dodo: the other white meat by Andy Gonsalves

Barneys by Threadless Product & Creative Director Ross Zietz

Pokeballs by Alex Solis

What If He-Man and Skeletor Were Best Friends? by Matt Skiff

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