Monday, December 15, 2008


Hey there potential contributors:
Our deadline for issue #004 is February 7. Contact or for writer's guidelines.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Our new website is up!

Ian Whitmore, website stylist of the stars, has created and it is now live.

At the moment it contains content from the magazine. In the future it will also feature our Studios project and other exclusive on-line content, as well as Proximity Buddy, a guide to cultural events in Chicago.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Proximity #003 Release Party

Friday, December 12, 2008, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
At The Post Family's Family Room (1821 W Hubbard St #202)

The release party is this Friday, December 12th, from 7pm-midnight at the Family Room (1821 W Hubbard). Tickets are $5 at the door, or $10 for a drink, and a copy of the new issue.

We'll have a video by Jenni Rope, the Second World Premiere of the Dave the Lightbulb Man Show (... in SPACE), and art by the Post Family Collective as well as Sonnenzimmer, Sighn, Delicious Design League, Matt Siber, and Johan Salhus. Plus readings by James Kennedy, Erika
Mikkalo, and Chris Estey (as covered by Jerry Boyle).

See you!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Proximity Issue #003 released in Miami

While the economy turns, we do too, by going south for one week to release Proximity magazine # 3 to the Art fags in Miami. Visit our table at NADA Art Fair.

Please pick up a copy if you are in Miami.
It will be at our little booth/table December 3 - 7th, 2008 at The Ice Palace, 1400 North Miami Avenue.

Issue #003 Contributors:
Sarah Black, Mark Staff Brandl, Matt Briggs, Brett Bloom and Salem Collo-Julin, W. Keith Brown, Salome Chasnoff, Chris Estey, Heidi Estey, James Ewert Jr., Folger's Coffee, Ellen Forney, Sarah Galvin, Aron Gent, Justin Goh, Amanda Gutierrez, Rachel Hewitt, Robin Hewlett, Rod Hunting, Renay Kerkman, Corinna Kirsch, Lilly Lampe, Nicolas Lampert, Nate Lee, Erika Mikkalo, Aay Preston-Myint, Laurie Palmer, Mary Patten, Laura Pearson, Zach Plague, Mike Pocious (Art Fag), Jon Pounds, David Reed, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Alex Robins, Matt Siber, Abigail Satinsky, Daniel St. George II, Rebeeca Smeyne, David Sommers, Ben Speckmann, Bert Stabler, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Daniel Tucker, Emily Warner, Charlie Vinz, Rebecca

Also featuring:

Space Profiles of: Kunst and Complex, Team Lump, No Coast, Space 1026, and Mutherland

Studio Profiles of:
David Lyle, Sighn, Delicious Design League, Sonnenzimmer, and John Salhus

Artist Portfolios of:
Lora Fosberg, Jenni Rope, Montgomery Perry Smith, Alex Lucas, and the Exquisite City.

Artist Portfolio Spreads from #003

Some Studios

Spreads from Issue #003

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Proximity 3 released this December

A new design team lead by Chad Kouri of The Post Family are putting on the finishing touches of Issue #3. It's looking great and we are pretty excited about it.

We will be releasing fresh copies and pimping out the magazine in Miami during the Art Chaos of Miami beach etc.. early December. A release party is planned in Chicago this mid December.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Proximity Magazine #2 Release Party

The new cover.

September 5, 2008: 10PM ::
Release Party for Proximity magazine number 2
The Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan Street • Chicago IL 60608
$10 donation, please.

Join us for an extra special art party and get a copy of Proximity hot off the presses.

With special guest performances by
Bobby Conn

Bird Names
Magical Beautiful

Proximity magazine 002 preview

Here is a preview of some of the spreads in the upcoming issue.
Issue 2 is 208 pages and will be released September 5th in the West Loop and at our release party that nite.

We are introducing a new Artist Studios section.

The Features theme of imaginary cities over a dozen reports from various locations, like Helsinki. (above)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Proximity interview

Rachael and Edmar were interviewed about Proximity magazine on a Bad at Sports podcast.. BAS is an artblog based in chicago. We forgot to post about it. Here is a link.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Proximity #2 > we are going to rock you world.

The next issue of Proximity covers a wide range of under represented cultural metropoles, artist run spaces, art scenes in small places, and much much more. Turn in your frequent flier miles and get ready to meet your new neighbors.

We'll be sharing stories and making personal introductions to some spaces, creators and projects from Helsinki, Seattle, Miami, Reykjavik, Salt Lake City, Rotterdam, Madison, Haiti, Copenhagen, Champaign/Urbana, Kansas City and, of course, Chicago.

Bring your pillow.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Call for Writers and Interns: Proximity magazine.

This is a last call for contributors for our second issue which we are working on right now. We need your words by July 11, 2008. If you want to start simple then give us a holler and email to ed(at) and Send us a proposal or ask us how you can be part of the plan.

Proximity is accepting applications for internships. The commitment is unpaid, and lasts 10-15 hours per week for 3-4 months. Ideal candidates are hard-working, self-starting, meticulous, and interested in culture and politics. Interns help with administration, work at monthly events, research on new projects, and more. You will get first-hand experience in exhibition programming, special events, fundraising and development, and administrative operations. To apply, contact Rachael(at)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Where to get a Proximity

Looking for Proximity? we suggest you by it online at Quimby's or visit one of these locations:


MCA Chicago Bookstore
Golden Age
Prairie Avenue Bookstore
Bucket Rider Gallery
57th Street Books
Una Mae's
Reckless Records
Chicago Comics
Myopic Books
Schneider Gallery
The Silver Room
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Three Walls
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Rockford Art Museum
No Coast
Genesis Art Supply

Eyebeam (NY)
Blue Stockings (NY)
Forbidden Planet

Art Car Museum

Athenaeum Boekhandl!

De Player

Section 7

Attn: Stockists ! Proximity will be distributed internationally through Ingram Distribution.
If your store would like to carry Proximity please email ed@proximitymagazine(dot)com or look in forthcoming catalogs by Ingram.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Please subscribe

We are beginning our subscription drive for Proximity Magazine.

If you are interested in supporting critical arts coverage from Chicago then please print out the subscription card above (click on it) and mail a check written out to Proximity Magazine to Proximity Subscriptions, 960 W 31st Street, Chicago Il 60608. Subscriptions are $30 in the US $40 in Canada (sorry Canada) and $60 International. First 100 subscribers will receive a nice surprise.

Proximity meeting!

We are having an open meeting at the Co-Prosperity Sphere on Saturday May 31, 2008 3pm.
We will be discussing plans for the next few issues. If you are interested in participating and knowing about the theme please come. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Proximity update

Thanks to all of you that have responded so enthusiastically about our premier issue. We are so glad you like it. If you were at Next Art fair and want to get more copies please give us a holler. We would love your feedback and like to hear some ideas of what you want to see in the future. is coming! Sorry for the delay but our website won't be ready until June. We were a bit busy with Version festival and couldn't allocate enough time.

Also we have newsstand distribution at a dozen or so locations in Chicago but ONLINE sales can be made at Quimby' our favorite zine store in Chicago.

Proximity is also going to Germany and The Netherlands for some festivals, distribution deals and research on an upcoming issue. If you live in the Netherlands we will be hanging tough at the Impakt festival in Utrecht from May 7-11. We will be also at De Player on May 10 hosting a Radar Eyes Print show. Then we are off to Finland to visit reindeer at the arctic circle.

If you would like to contact us please use proximitymagazine (at)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Release Party this April 25 at Sonotheque

Join us Friday April 25 at Sonotheque for our official Proximity release party.

Sonotheque • 1444 W. Chicago
Hours: 9pm - 2am • $10

With DJS:
Paul B Davis (UK)
DJ LeDeuce
Logan Bay

Live musical sets by:
Beau Wanzer
And a performance by RUL TWINS


Proximity is published by the people that put on Version festival.
Please take a few minutes to attend our last festival dates!
Especially April 26!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Proximity available at Quimby's

If you really need a copy of Proximity in your hands go to Quimby's and buy one.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Proximity has landed!

We are super excited that the magazine is now in our hands.
It will be at NEXT throughout April 24 to April 28.
The launch party is Friday April 25 at Sonotheque.
1444 W Chicago Ave.
More info at the version website.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Proximity Magazine Website

In a few weeks we will launch our beta version of the website.
We are working with Lumpen magazine Designer, Aaron Pederson, and programming guru Mike Evans to make this happen.

Monday, March 31, 2008

at the printers

Proximity is at the printers. Woo hoo!

Here are a few spreads:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Almost there

We are printing a 160 page version of our first issue of Proximity Magazine.
It is looking fantastic!
Here is a peek at one of the many space profile spreads:

Michael Freimuth, the Designer of Proximity has also just been selected as one of the "20 brightest design stars under 30" by Print magazine.
Congrats Michael!

Monday, February 25, 2008

wrapping it up.

This week we are finalizing the content for Proximity. The inaugural issue has a Chicago-centric theme. We are focusing on networks, interviews with cultural figures, artist maps, as well and essays and features related to local projects, the art fairs and local projects. Proximity Designer, Michael Freimuth has sent us some mock-ups (above). We are getting pretty excited..

Proximity is a 140-160 page perfect bound magazine printed on 80 lb matte Mohawk paper. about half the publication will be printed in full color.

Contents include:
- Features about green architecture practices, experimental geographies and emerging art practices.
- Interviews with Stephanie Smith from the Smart Museum, Nato Thompson of Creative Time, Kavi Gupta and Christian Viveros-Faune of NEXT, and a dozen other curators, artists and collectors.
- An overview and guide to public/interventionist art art practices in Chicago by Albert Stabler
- Compelling columns about art practices and artworld typologies by Salem Collo-Julin and Brett Bloom, Caroline Picard, Renay Kerkman, the Art Fag, and others.
- A comprehensive directory of the most important art spaces and institutions in the region
- Profiles of artists and art spaces
- Beautiful spreads of artists' work

Sunday, February 3, 2008

About Proximity

The producers of Version Festival are announcing a call for proposals for a new project, Proximity magazine. We are seeking writers and critics to join us in producing the beta issue.

:: what is going on::

Proximity is a Chicago-based magazine dedicated to contemporary art and culture. Our mission is to amplify discourse on local and global art ecologies. We hope to serve as a map - of artists, collectives and alternative spaces, as well as commercial galleries, museums and universities - connecting and cultivating sustainable creative communities.

We want to see our practices in proximity to each other. We want to see comprehensive coverage of art practices in Chicago and beyond. Our hope is to promote healthy, diverse and participatory art worlds for all. We feel now is always the time to bring allied fronts in art and culture, criticism and production to a wider audience. We feel that a magazine which covers a wider range of art practice in the city and beyond can help fuel an increased awareness of art in the Chicago mediaverse.

:: specifics ::

Alongside thematic essays and articles, Proximity will feature artist, space and collector profiles, exhibition reviews, critical essays on contemporary art practices, high quality portfolio reproductions, columns and commentary on Chicago and regional art scenes, and an extensive directory. In addition, the magazine's online component will feature city guidebooks, a database of gallery, space, and event listings, up-to-date exhibition and artist reviews, discussions, and commentary too.

Our first issue has a Chicago-centric mapping theme. We are focusing on cultural networks, artist maps, and essays features related to local projects, Version Festival, and the art fairs. We would also like to connect to other mapping projects and projects concerned with experimental geographies, networks and investigations of work that deserve wider critical coverage. We hope to connect Chicago's activities to the rest of the world. And we need your help.

The inaugural issue will be launched during Chicago's springtime art fairs, in April of 2008, and released as part of Version Festival and NEXT Art Fair. 7-10,000 copies will be freely distributed at NEXT which runs concurrently with Art Chicago. Proximity will be presented in all of NEXT's materials and events. The publication will also be given away at all Version Art Festival locations and events. Additional copies will be distributed at galleries, museums, cultural institutions as well as select bookstores and caf├ęs throughout the city and around the world.