The Corner Project
The Corner Project is the cultural stewardship of three blocks on a traditional, immigrant working-class main street in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood that is facing significant demographic, economic and physical change. Led by local artist Lynn Basa, its purpose is to connect the people who live and work on Milwaukee Avenue between Diversey and Central Park to each other, to our shared built and cultural environment, and to opportunities that will contribute to our collective well-being through this transition.
Corner is a conversation and exhibition space in the storefront of a former sausage shop at 2912 N.Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.
Chameleon Blind (Winter Light)
2/11/18 - 3/24/18
opening reception Feb. 11, 3:30-5:30
detail, Chameleon Blind (Winter Light), 2018
Corner is pleased to present Chameleon Blind, (Winter light), the most recent in Mara Baker’s ongoing series of site-specific light installations. The work is designed to be seen solely from the outside of the gallery storefront windows transforming every day at the exact time of dusk, celebrating the extra minute of light every day in the long winter months.
Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, 2007) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, 2005). Baker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Luminary Arts Center (St. Louis) and The Annex Art Center, (Toronto). Other notable projects include: a solo exhibition, Two Forward, One Back, at 65 Grand, Chicago IL, Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe, New Mexico); and Interstice a group show at (308 at 156 Project Art Space, New York, NY) curated by Rachel Adams and Rob Green projects, LA. Baker is Assist. Professor of Foundations and Drawing at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL.
Artists of the Deal
Overcoming the hurdles to property ownership
Sunday, Feb. 11, 5:30 - 7 PM
Owning property is one of the best ways for artists to build equity and not get priced out by rising rents. But artists often have more hurdles to overcome than the typical investor: Student loan debt, spotty employment history, multiple income sources, self-employment -- in addition to encountering bankers who think that artists are flakey. Hear from artists who own property and how they did it while maintaining their art practices. Artists Mara Baker, Eleanor Hyde will join Lynn Basa and other artist/property owners in an informal conversation. Lynn's long-time mortgage broker Brian Lindstrom will be on hand to talk us through qualifying for a mortgage, and other imponderables.