Villain Affair @The Cooler, Thursday Nov 10
Chadwick started painting as a live performance artist. The buzz that followed allowed him to turn live Show Enhancer (and on the road ) with such notable musicians at Chicago Afrobeat Project, London’s Lady Sovereign, and Chicago’s own hiphop favorites, the Cool Kids. He has even demonstrated his tribal/urban themes in large outside mediums, such as being commissioned to paint a car live at Lollapalooza and a Fiat 500 at the Chicago Auto Show.
He formed the group The Vibe Providers with DJ Madrid, a collaboration of music and live painting that creates a vibrant aesthetic in almost every venue-type with an eclectic music pallet and raw paint. In this context, Chadwick paints with a frenzy, yet rhythmically to Madrid’s beats, bringing originality and energy thru maps of color, expression, and an enriched vibe. They have worked for a wide range of audiences, from club settings to conventions for companies like PepsiCo and McCane Inc.
Musically, Chadwick also helped found the music collective known as The Streets on Fire, who have not only captured the hearts of Chicago’s music scene, but have recently played CMJ Fest in NYC and the famed SXSW Festival in Austin, TX in March, where many young bands find their jumping point to national attention. Along with Yuri Alexander, Gabriel Palomo, and Scott Van Buren, their sound is down and dirty dance rock with a retro-aesthetic that keeps the dance floor hot.
We asked Chadwick some questions, here are some answers and a glimpse into what makes him tick.
1) Describe yourself as a creative person.
Hungry Enthusiast of all mediums
2) An early memory of you interacting with art?
When I was a kid my mom made me a One z out of gold lam aye, on the chest of the suit it said SUPER CHAD in blue velvet…. i did my best getting comfy in that
3) Biggest challenges as an artist?
Having commercials on in the taxi
4) What do you enjoy about art in Chicago?
I enjoy the fact the people anywhere do anything
5) You are a James Bond villain on the verge of killing agent 007. How exactly would you disclose your plans to take over the world?
I’d throw pies at him while he listened to me talking about why my phone service is suspended
6) If you could meet one artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Vincent Van Gogh. To compare sadness and get him laughing
7) What you are working on right now?
Everything, but first this last question
Villain Affair is a one night only popup Gallary Event and Auction.
November 10th. 1135 W Fulton Market. Show Opens 7PM. Live Painting Performance at 9PM. Auction 10PM
Sounds provided by:
Greg Corner of Kill Hannah
Yuri Alexander aka The Russian
Visual Artist: Chadwick.