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Gift Shop

Gift Shop

674 S King St. The Chinatown-International District feels to us like a beautifully cacophonous symphony—a sensorial call-and-response of multilingual neon, global treasures, and hypnotic flavors. And yet the unlit, quiet sign on Seventh and King has always stood out. The words “GIFT SHOP” are almost all that’s still legible, but somehow it manages to bookmark a distant time and hold open a portal to another place.  In the early months of the pandemic as we secured a storefront for Pylon just a few doors down in the same historical Milwaukee Building, we were always looking up. And imagining. What could...

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Right Now: Emily Frances Barret

Right Now: Emily Frances Barret

Having recently completed a two-year residency at Sarabande at the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation—a post that included a “massively subsidized studio space” just behind a wharf off the canal in East London—jewelry artist Emily Frances Barrett recently moved into a new space of her own in an old factory building close to Hatton Garden, which is London’s Jewelry District. We talked to Emily about the one-of-a-kind pieces she made this past spring (now live on our site) as well as her new space, her art and studio practice, and the ongoing process of remaining flexible and adaptable within all the...

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Murmuration: Rojas Aesthetics

Early this summer, just as the first esthetician services were green-lit by the governor, Miranda Rojas moved into a small shop space on Seventh Ave S. between King and Jackson. If a person drew a diagonal line from the Wing Luke to Trichome, her shared studio would be at the midpoint. As part of our overall goal to support our neighborhood and all the fine folks doing business here, we talked to Miranda about Rojas Aesthetics, her first season doing business in the neighborhood, and hope and adaptation—two of our favorite on-going topics.  “I had a great summer in the...

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Pylon Icon: Paul Clipson

Pylon Icon: Paul Clipson

When filmmaker Paul Clipson died suddenly in February of 2018, the art-media world almost invariably led with the notion that he had once been referred to as the “poet of cinema.” No one seemed to remember or care who called him that, they were all just content with the apt description. The other things that everyone mentioned were Clipson’s dense and layered aesthetic, his uncanny and uncompromising in-camera edit suite, a knack for repetition without redundancy, and his embrace of in-the-moment, unscripted, spontaneous composition and performance. And his many musical collaborations.  Let’s start with modern composer Sarah Davachi. In an...

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Chopsticks In A Bundle Are Unbreakable - Mural for Pylon

Chopsticks in a Bundle Are Unbreakable • Listen as Moses and Tan reflect on what they each brought to this mural project and how they both felt connected and directed by history, culture, and purpose.     We Introduced Moses Sun and Tan Nguyen earlier this summer––not because they're styles or projects are similar, but because they're different and it seemed as though a meaningful and generative interplay was possible. We introduced them because ultimately we were hoping to commission a piece of public art in the form of a mural; we wanted to offer something to the neighborhood and...

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