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anysquared


January 2010–Present | Chicago, Illinois
AnySquared Projects
Founder, Organizer, Lead Artist, and Principal Curator

As an all-volunteer artists' collaborative and network, AnySquared's mission is to encourage artmaking, produce exhibits, create projects, and organize events in cooperation with fellow artists, neighbors, and the wider community. AnySquared continually seeks new collaborations and values hands-on labor. AnySquared's foundation is built upon the idea that we can do anything as long as we do it together. | anysquared.com

• Weekly Studio Day and Public Artmaking Session
• AnySquared Art Exhibitions and Other Projects

Conversations with CAR – Tracy Kostenbader, 2016 Chicago Artists Resource
La Mezcladora TV Program (interview with Tracy Kostenbader at 21 min)
Interview with Tracy Kostenbader, Artists of Chicago
A Place to Make Art, LoganSquarist

Beautiful Collaborations - Dog Park Mural in Logan Square, YAB

     





 

January – August, 2016 | Chicago, Illinois
Logan Square Dog Park Community Mural Project | Lead Artist
2529 W Logan Blvd | Chicago IL

AnySquared took on this project with ABC (Artistic Bombing Crew), Renegades of Funk, as lead organizers back in January. The funds raised by the Logan Square Dog Park allowed us to create the mural with many artists, crews and the community at large. See the links below for press and the story of our mural.

Lead Artists: Tracy Kostenbader and FLASH ABC. Featured Artists: Holiday Gerry, Domingo Dominicci, Makeba Kadem-DuBose, REL, NERD, SKOL, Gretchen Hasse, TheGrayFox11, and Attitude 7. Featured Crews: AnySquared, ABC, Renegades of Funk, CMW, and XMEN. Artists: Joseph Ace, ALLEYCAT1, BBOYB, Jon Bollo, BORE, Breaker Ray, Chi Represent, Chumbly, Rodney Dollah, Ladipo Famodu, GAPE, Violet Gee, Andrea Kaspryk, George Larson, Darius Lipinski, MACE, Max Morely, OMEN, Rocko Miranda (Peacflow), Humberto Saldana, Helen Sanchez, Nick Salsa, Melissa Smith, Squeak Starzula, TRAZ, UNEEK, Bruce Wilson, and Natalie Zombie. Crews: CISA, CAB, PUMA, RK, and Classic Cruisers.

Also, much gratitude to every single artist and crew who touched the wall, especially those who help with the mundane stuff! Special thanks to Holiday Gerry, Helen (Superstar) Sanchez, Squeak Starzula, Flash, and Breaker Ray (Renegades of Funk). Thanks to the dog park committee's Sally Hamann for the use of her garage all summer long and her joy every time we see her, and Roxann Ruiz for procuring materials with us. Also, to Jaime Avelo from Classic Crusiers for practical assistance and generator use.

Press

• LoganSquarist Article: Logan Square Dog Park Celebrates Anniversary With Picnic and Mural, Sept 24, 2016
Community Mural Prep, Logan Square TV, May 22.2016
• Paint a dog and a flower or two Sunday at the Logan Square Dog Park, Our Urban Times, June 11, 2016
Beautiful Collaborations - Dog Park Mural in Logan Square, YAB blog, August 17, 2016

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Blog Links:
• April 24 Walk Through
• May 15 Wall Prep
• May 21 Priming
• May 28 Background Painting
• June 3–5 Outlining/Spraying/ Painting
• June 12 Community Paint Day

 

Facebook Albums:
• #1 Prepping and Planning, Jan–June 2016
• #2 Community Paint Day, June 12 2016
• #3 Making the mural, late June– August

 

November 13–28, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois
Hearts & Minds Exhibition
Curated by Attitude 7/Produced by AnySquared
Hairpin Arts Center

Group Exhibition

• Promo for Hearts & Minds Documentary
• Hearts & Minds Show 2015: DNAInfo


 

April–July, 2015 | Chicago, Illnois
Lead Artist
Community Mural at Project Logan

Located on Medill (near Milwaukee and Fullerton)

• Our Urban Times, Wall Brings Community Together
• DNAInfo, Prominent Wall Gets New Look
• Our Urban Times, Lead Artist, Community Mural
• Logansquarist, Lead Artist, Community Mural



objectreality
 
November 21, 2014–January 6, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois
Object Reality
An Exhibition Presented by husARt Design Collective
Curated 3-Person Exhibition

Featuring Gretchen HasseTracy Kostenbader, and Tara Zanzig

 
Organized by husARt Design Collective, Object Reality questions the truth in our perceptions of the surrounding environment.  Objects have their own stories to tell, their own memories to share, and their own dreams to live.

because art
 

September 21– November 16, 2014 | Chicago, Illinois
AnySquared's Residency at the Hairpin Art Center
Spearheaded, Organized, and Curated Exhibit and Series of Events


Exhibit | Oct 10 – Nov 2 AnySquared's Because Art

Screenings & Performance
Oct 18 Renato Anesi in Concert | Oct 25 Eliaz Rodriguez Film & Beverly Scott Reading
Nov 1 Cinema Culture's Interstellar Outer-Body

Art + Community Events
Oct 22 Open Artmaking Session | Oct 23 ABC Project Logan Slideshow
Oct 29 Open Artmaking Session | Nov 2 Story Forms: Artist Talk & Workshop
Nov 15 ART. SWAP. MEET! Artist Networking Event

• Residency 2014: DNAinfo
• Residency 2014: Logansquarist
• Residency 2014: Our Urban Times

 


Salvage exhibit
 

June 21–October 19, 2014 | Chicago, Illnois
SALVAGE Exhibit
The Plant

Group Exhibition

Artists: Michael Bolsinga, Mary Ellen Croteau, Miguel Guzman, Chyanne Husar, Tracy Kostenbader, Alexandra Lee (ATYL), Gary Lehman, Stephen Manka, and Luis Sahagun

Through paintings, photo-based works, and site-specific installations, the exhibition explores the metamorphosis of materials, objects, and/or concepts into a new means. Each artist reinterprets materials or concepts within their practice. Stimulated by the notion of transformation, each of their works express varying visions through conceptual methods, aesthetic tools, or through reuse of physical materials.

• Artists of Chicago, Interview with Tracy Kostenbader
• Gaper’s Block, Artists Rethink Waste in 'Salvage'
DNAInfoChicago, Artists in New ‘Salvage’ Exhibit

 


Art@Coles
 

May 18 – August 1, 2014 | Chicago, Illinois
Neighborhood All-Star Exhibit
Art@Cole's Art Series #25
Organized & Participated in Group Exhibition

AnySquared's 25th Art@Cole's exhibit showcased 40+ area artists. Artists: Janice Aponte, Bboyb, John Bambino, Lynn Basa, Nathan Becka, Wayne Bertola, Michael Bolsinga, Coleman Brice, Tina Brown, Justin Bushman, Robert Castillo, Kerry Couch, Billy Craven, Kimberly Darovec, Angela Davis Fegen, Allison Green, Larry Green, Miguel Guzman, Jared Haberman, Gretchen Hasse, Matt Hilker, Katie Holland, Sharon Hoogstraten, Chyanne Husar, Rachel Katzman, Tracy Kostenbader, Lewis Lain, Ben Lascov, Gary Lehman, Arpad Lep, Betsy Martens, Charlie Megna, Jane Michalski, Harriet Mishoulam, Christine Parisi, Gabe Patti, Rainbow Kitty, James Stieglitz, Julie Sulzen, Nicole Syrquin, Travis Yarak, Dan Zamudio, and Tara Zanzig.


drawing
 

September 28, 2013 | Chicago, Illinois
A Day In Avondale Installation
Revolution Brewery
During Art Walk


rampant chairs
 

May 2013 | Chicago, Illnois
Art@Handlebar featuring Tracy Kostenbader
Solo Show


8 foot screws
 

March 2013 | Chicago Illinois
PPPM (Post Post Post Modernism)
Pop-Up Gallery at Lake Paradise
Group Exhibition

The PPPM artists were challenged to produce new work outside their usual practice and encouraged to have fun. Artists included: Whitney Allen, Zachary Hart Baker, Russ Calderwood, Wesley Crusher, Angela Davis Fegan, Antonia Gustaitis, Jenn Grossman, Hannah Harris, Melanie Kasten, Tracy Kostenbader, Matthew John Mcwilliams, Tom Owens, Erin Schiller, Ryan Sullivan, Brett Swinney, David Uthus, Alia Walston, and Joy Whalen.


fugue space
 

February 2013 | Chicago, Illnois
Fugue Space Exhibition
Charnel House
Curator

Fugue Space showcases contrasting sensibilities where artists use memory, layers, or repetition of image or technique to create distinct atmospheres. Curated by Victoria Szilagyi of Chapel Projects at The Charnel House and Tracy Kostenbader of AnySquared Projects. Featuring artists: Michael Bolsinga, Angela Davis Fegan, Miguel Guzman, Brian Hewitt, ATYL (Alexandra Lee), Jane Michalski, Lucy Mueller


area
 

October 2012 | Chicago, Illinois
AREA: A Survey of Logan Square & Avondale Vicinity Artists
Hairpin Arts Center in partnership with TRANSIT Residency
Curated Group Exhibition |
A featured exhibition for 2012 Chicago Artists Month

Exhibition display selection of work from artists who participated on the "TRANSIT MAP." Selected Artists: Ani Ashfar, Lynn Basa, Mary Ellen Croteau, Tracy Kostenbader, Anna Kunz, Beth LeFauve, Monica Resman, Julie Sulzen, Rosemary Warner, and Dan Zamudio.

Photos of Paintings in Exhibition



area
 

October 2012 | Chicago, Illnois
SQUARED! Art+Community art walk and exhibits
Coordinated, Organized, Programmed art walk.

Group Exhibitions:
AnySquared Group Show at AnyWhere Space
Morsels: Small Works/Small Series Exhibit at Township
Art@Cole's #19: 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall exhibit
Art Installations at Threads

Chicago Reader, Agenda Section, Painting by Tracy Kostenbader featured


Rampant Objects
 

July 2012 | Chicago Illinois
Rampant Objects
An Exhibition Work by Tracy Kostenbader

B.1.e. Gallery
Solo Exhibition

Photos of Paintings | Installation Photos

Live from the Heartland, Art is where you find it – Tracy Kostenbader (Heartland Media video/WLUW radio)


stripes
 
April 2012 | Chicago Illinois
SulzenZamudio Fine Art 10th Anniversary Group Show
Curated Group Exhibition

abeducted
 
March 2012 & March 2012
AnySquared's Ab(e)ducted Show
Art@Cole's Art Series #16
Organized & Participated in Group Exhibition

pink cultivate
 
December 2011 | Chicago, Illinois
Small Works Show by Tracy Kostenbader
Township
Solo Show

Curator's Showcase Exhibit
 

October 2011 | Chicago, Illnois
Curators Showcase Exhibit presented by the Logan Square Chamber of the Arts
Hairpin Art Center
Curated Group Exhibition

Exhibit of community based artists who are also curators. The selected artists have given unselfishly of their time and creative energy. They have also come together to plan events, while creating new networks and working collaboratively to produce them. Artists: FLASH ABC, Jennifer Hines, Jenn Grossman, Tracy Kostenbader, Laura Kurtenbach, Beth LeFauve, Jane Michalski, Lucy Mueller, Emily Rutledge, Ryan Scheidt, and Brett Swinney.


maaf 2011
 

March–July 2011 | Chicago, Illnois
Coordinated as AnySquared Projects the 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Visual art Galleries
Curator of Curator's and Organizer—Head of the Art Committee 2011
(Designed and produced the 2011 MAAF catalog about the galleries and arts activities that AnySquared organized.)

Note: the current festival is not the same format and does not refect the focus on art and community that the festival formerly had. MAAF's current goals are very different from the original vision, and the community aspect, as well as the content has been stripped away as people in the community have chosen to not be involved (my involvement was from 2009-2011). It is no longer a full on arts fest that brought you through our neighborhood's rich arts community.

2012 Chicago Reader’s Best Public Art Event (relating to my collective AnySquared’s work on MAAF 2011)


Point of View
 
May 2011 | Chicago, Illinois
Point of View
:
Works by Katie Holland, Tracy Kostenbader, and Julie Sulzen
IALS Gallery
Curated 3-Person Exhibition

holiday sale
 
Dec 2010 | Chicago, Illinois
Coordinated the Logan Square Holiday Art Sale & Winter Celebration as AnySquared
at Cole's and around the 2200-2300 blocks of Milwaukee

mend
 
October 2011 | Chicago, Illinois
Work by Tracy Kostenbader
Simones

lip

 

October 2010 | Chicago, Illinois

LIP (Life in Progress) Series
Coordinated the LIP (Life in Progress) Art Series as AnySquared | Group Exhibitions
LIP was selected as 1 of 12 highlighted programs during the 2010 Chicago Artists Month

LIP asked artists to explore ideas "progress" and showcased answers through two curated group art exhibitions, a video screening and an open studio/artmaking day | October 17 Reception photos | October 8 Reception Photos


twicenice
 

September 2010 | Chicago, Illinois
Beyond the Coyote
Flatiron Building, Chicago, Illinois
Group Exhibition


bowl
 

August 2010 | Chicago, Illinois
Old works by Tracy Kostenbader | Cole’s
Solo Show


unbroken
 

July 2010 | Chicago, Illinois
Emerging Artist Show
Morpho Gallery


unfettered

 

July 2010 | Chicago, Illinois
Wax; Small; Gutter; and Print & Still Life Show Pop-Up Galleries
Group Exhibitions

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival | South End Gallery Map
Organizer—Head of the 2010 South End Art Committee
Coordinated as AnySquared Projects the 2010 South End Galleries and the LIMIT Community Mural

Note: the current festival is not the same format and does not refect the focus on art and community that the festival formerly had. MAAF's current goals are very different from the original vision, and the community aspect, as well as the content has been stripped away as people in the community have chosen to not be involved (my involvement was from 2009-2011). It is no longer a full on arts fest that brought you through our neighborhood's rich arts community.


objects
 
April 2010 | Chicago, Illinois
Inaugural Art at Cole's Show | Cole’s

Curated, Participated, Group Exhibition
Art at Cole's Group Show April 5th 2010 Reception Photos

 
March 2010 | Chicago, Illnois
Mask Show at New Wave


ne2
 


Co-founded AnySquared Projects in January 2010 with Brett Swinney

holiday sale
 

December 2009 | Chicago, Illnois
Coordinated the 2009 Logan Square Holiday Art Sale & Show
at Anywhere Space and Cole's as Chicago ARTillery (defunct after 2009)




unashamed revised
 

October 2009 | Chicago, Illinois
Chicago ARTillery 2009 Chicago Artist Month Series
Group Exhibitions at Various Location
Work Highlighted in Centerstage, Sun-Times Article: Art Viewing Made Easy

• Chicagoist, Art Happenings
• Outside the Loop Radio, Episode #157 (Interview)
• Chicago Sun-Times, Art Viewing Made Easy


i shall be released
boxes
 

August 2009 | Chicago, Illinois
Logan Square Past & Present; Black Market; A Few Favorite Things; & Logan Square
Connections | Curated Exhibitions at Voice of the City, Cole’s, New Wave, and Pop-Up storefront galleries

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Co-Organizer, Curator, & Promoter
of Visual Art Galleries as Chicago ARTillery (defunct after 2009)

• New City article from "Best in Chicago," Best Use of Abandoned Property

Note: the current festival is not the same format and does not refect the focus on art and community that the festival formerly had. MAAF's current goals are very different from the original vision, and the community aspect, as well as the content has been stripped away as people in the community have chosen to not be involved (my involvement was from 2009-2011). It is no longer a full on arts fest that brought you through our neighborhood's rich arts community.


 

Spring 2009
Co-Founded short-lived Chicago ARTillery Collective (Spring 2009 – January 2010)


 
February–June 2009 | various venues
Art House Coop | The Sketchbook Project
Traveling Group Show
Antena Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Art House Gallery, Atlanta Georgia; Chicago Art Source Gallery,
Chicago Illinois; Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Laconia Gallery, Boston, Massachussetts;
Museum of Contemporary Art DC, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA),
Atlanta, Georgia; Soulard Art Market, St. Louis, Missouri

cmyk
 

February–March 2009 | Chicago, Illinois
CMYK Show | New Wave
Group Exhibition
Press Release

• ChayaOnPaper.com, Symbiosis in Logan Square (related to work as Chicago ARTillery)


 
December 2008 | Atlanta, Georgia
Art House Gallery | The Canvas Project

holiday sale
 

December 2008 | Chicago, Illinois
2008 Holiday Art Sale & Show
Anywhere Space with N.A.I.L.S.
Coordinated, Organized, & Promoted
Press Release

 


belden
 
September 2008
Milwaukee Avenue Art Walk
Curated Group Exhibition along Milwaukee Avenue

unfinished
 

August–September 2008, Chicago, Illinois
Unfinished Logan Square: Works by Tracy Kostenbader
Elastic Vision Gallery
Curated Solo Exhibition
Photos from the August 11th Opening | Press Release


tools
 
July 2008 | Chicago, Illinois
Emerging Artist Show
Morpho Gallery
Curated Group Exhibition

nequiv
 

June 2007 | Chicago, Illinois
Un/Useful: works by Tracy Kostenbader
noFriction
Solo Exhibition
Selected works from exhibition

press release

CAAP Grant Recipient
This project was partially supported by a Community
Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and
the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

• Chicago Sun-Times, Eat Your Art Out


funtion
 
October 2006 | Chicago, Illinois
Hardcopy: An Exhibit of Unique Artworks on Paper
Morpho Gallery
Curated Group Exhibition

chairs
 

July 2006 | Chicago, Illinois
Familiar/place/Everyday/function: works by Tracy Kostenbader
|
noFriction Cafe
Solo Exhibition

Selected works from exhibition

Exhibition opening and installation photos

Press Release (pdf)

• Chicago Sun-Times, Artist Kostenbader Warms Up Iron for Exhibit, Weekend Section page 2

 

 


 

Older Exhibitions

Autonomous Zone | Collective Show
November 1998, Chicago, Illinois
Group Exhibition


bowl

North Lakeside Cultural Center | Master as Motif
November 1992, Chicago, Illinois
Curated Group ExhibitionNewberry Library | Artists’ Book Exhibition
Group Exhibition


single breast

Lucci Pop | Squelch: works by Tracy Kostenbader
July 1992, Chicago, Illinois
Solo Exhibition


chairs 2

Beacon Street Gallery | Urban Worship
June 1991, Chicago, Illinois
Curated Group ExhibitionCermak Galleries | Fear of the Mob
June 1991, Chicago, Illinois
Group Exhibition


destructive policy

Bucktown Finearts/Urban intersection | Foreign Policy Show
March 1991, Flatiron Building, Chicago, Illinois
Group ExhibitionSpace at 2200 West North Avenue | The Love/Hate Show
March 1991, Chicago, Illinois
Group Exhibition


camera candle

Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chips Off the New Block
May 1990, Chicago, Illinois
Juried Exhibition


chairs

School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Thesis Show
1990, Chicago, IllinoisGallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Window into the Imagination
April 1990, Chicago, Illinois
Juried Exhibition

   


image2

Unfinished Logan Square
Work by Tracy Kostenbader
Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery
August–September 2008
Press Release

Also on display is the supplemental exhibition:
Street Celebrations of Logan Square/Humboldt Park,
a collection
photographs by Mars Caulton documenting the neighborhood in the early 90s.

Photos from the August 11th Opening

boxes

Logan Square Boxed Up, 2008, (detail) 3” X 3” X 3” paper boxes with printed electronic images, rubble from the site of each location inside..

image

Cozy Corner, 2008, 8” X 8” manipulated photograph. Unfinished, Logan Square Series, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 2005, 11.5"X11.5”. Fireside Bowl, 2008, 8” X 8” manipulated photograph

Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery Website: www.elasticarts.org

Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery was established in 2006 to complement Elastic Arts Foundation's long history of exceptional programming in improvised and experimental music, hip-hop and poetry. Our mission remains clear - to foster the local community of art and culture through developing and producing creative, non-commercial performances and art events. Aesthetics before markets.