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Elastic Mashups!

Elastic Mashups – a showcase of the everyday! Over the course of 3 days (May 15th-17th), we’re bringing together artists, presenters, and organizations that we’ve been working with regularly over the past few years, to mixthings up and share ideas and turn audiences on to new performers. Thursday 5/15 features the Elastic Jazz and Improvised Music Series with Ken [...]

February and March at Elastic

Tue Feb 4 9:00PM Improvised Music Series $8 Chicago Reed Quartet Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone Dave Rempis – saxophones Ken Vandermark – reeds Mars Williams – reeds Thu Feb 6 9:00PM Improvised Music Series $8 Tim Stine Trio w/ Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly Jackson/Baker/Niekrasz Tue Feb 11 9:00PM Improvised Music Series $8 Chicago Reed [...]

Call for Guest Curators!

Program a Creative Performance Series at Elastic! Create and curate your own performance series at Elastic.  We’re open to anything performance-based: music, video, movement, readings, theatre, puppetry, performance art, etc.  Priority will be given to genres and media that are less typical and don’t have many established outlets for presentation, as well as series that make [...]

Mission

The Elastic Arts Foundation works to foster the local community of art and culture in Logan Square and beyond through developing, hosting and producing creative, non-commercial performances, exhibitions, and arts events.

Founded in 2002, Elastic Arts has presented over 1300 events: live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings, establishing itself as a leader among grassroots performance organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. By fostering the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, Elastic Arts also provides the public with valuable and unique aesthetic and cultural events in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.

 

 

Our programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Staff

Samuel Lewis contact
co-founder/director; programming, marketing, production, outreach; curator of Hip-Hop Seriesspoken word artist

Paul Giallorenzo contact
co-founder/director; programming, grant writing, production, administration; curator of Elastroelectro/acoustic series; musician

Dan Schwarzlose contact
co-founder; director of Elastic Cambodia

Davis Krieg contact
co-founder; producer/engineer, studio manager

Steve Gaede contact
co-founder; producer/engineer

Dave Rempis contact
curator of Improvised Music Seriesmusician

Susan Fox contact
community outreach, programming

Lyla Catellier contact
assistant director; gallery manager

Andrea Jablonski contact
gallery curator

History

Elastic Arts’ founders have been working together as an informal artists’ collective since 1998, originally based out of a loft space in the 500 W Cermak building (“the Spice Factory”), located on the Chicago River between Pilsen and Chinatown. Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF) incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in March 2002, and acquired 501(c)3 status in March 2004.

Since then, EAF has presented over 1300 events – live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings – establishing itself as a respected leader among grassroots performance organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. By fostering the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, EAF also provides the public with valuable and unique aesthetic and cultural events in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.

From 2001 – 2005, EAF was based out of a converted church building at 3030 West Cortland Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. The venue, a 75-seat theater and digital recording studio, was called 3030. It was a smoke-free, all-ages venue that was unique in the city of Chicago, and as such was appreciated and supported by both performers and audiences. EAF produced over 500 performances at 3030.

In spring 2006 EAF moved out of 3030 and established the Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery (commonly referred to simply as Elastic) at its present location: 2830 N Milwaukee Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood. EAF produces an average of 2 to 4 performances each week at Elastic, while concurrently presenting 1 to 2 month-long visual art exhibitions. Although similar in spirit to 3030, Elastic is an improved venue for several reasons: public transportation and street parking are readily available and the facility itself is more suitable for multi-media performances and visual art exhibitions.

Board

Samuel Lewis contact
co-founder, President, Director; programming, marketing, production, outreach; curator of Hip-Hop Seriesspoken word artist

Paul Giallorenzo contact
co-founder, Secretary, Director; programming, development, production, administration; curator of Elastro electro/acoustic series; musician

Steve Gaede contact
co-founder; Treasurer, producer/engineer

Dan Schwarzlose contact
co-founder; director of Elastic Cambodia

Dave Rempis contact
curator of Improvised Music Seriesmusician

Amor Montes de Oca contact
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