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Cats Mural: Broken English Taco Pub, Chicago

Broken English Taco Pub Mural
Photos By Gail

“Paying Attention All the Time is an Interesting Way to Go Through the Day.” That is my favorite quote from photographer Stephen Shore, and while it applies to most days of my life, it was especially true during the week I spent vacationing in Chicago. Man, excluding decent weather, that city has just about everything, including lots of fun public art. This site-specific mural of cartoonish fat cats is painted on the exterior of Broken English Taco Pub, which according to its website serves “A unique take on Mexican street style tacos.”  Sound yummy!

Broken English Taco Pub Mural Detail

We were running around so much that we didn’t have an opportunity to eat there (next time!) and I only got one good snap of the entire mural, but here is a cropped view of the cats, which look like ‘cat balloons,’ almost. The Luchador Mask-wearing Cat below is on the back side of the building on Wells Street as you walk toward the entrance.

Broken English Taco Pub Mural Detail

There are three Broken English Taco Pub locations in Chicago, but this one is located at 1440 N. Wells (at the corner Schiller Street) in the Old Town neighborhood.

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Gary Panter’s Dream Town at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery

Fog By Gary Panter
Fog By Gary Panter (All Photos By Gail)

Fredericks & Freiser Gallery is hosting Dream Town, an exhibition of new paintings by Gary Panter for just a few more days! I didn’t get around to seeing this show until last weekend, and just noticed that it closes this coming Saturday, so I wanted to get this post up so you can run over and see it because it is really special.

Dream Town confirms Panter’s continued interest in the play of figuration residing in fields of abstraction. The seventeen paintings on canvas are united in process and theme, and display a wide array of painterly effects, contrasting flat acrylic color fields, transparent washes and expressive gestures.

Stellar Z and Ultima Lucha
Stellar Z (Left) and Ultima Lucha (Right)

In Dream Town, Panter presents a boiled-down treatment of post-war abstraction coupled with pop culture archetypes such as heroes, villains, monsters and wrestlers.

Lost World
Lost World

Intense color is everywhere and provides a contrast to the primal nature of the figures. Yet, as we have come to expect from Gary Panter, something very strange is going on.

The Bridge
The Bridge

Not only does the equation of figure, color, and abstraction stand as historically sensitive and wittily absurd, it embodies the uncanny disconnect between our stories and ourselves.

July By Gary Panter
July

Dream Town By Gary Panter Will be on Exhibit only through Saturday September 27th at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Located at 536 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Animal World
Animal World

Gary Panter Signage