TSM ISSUE #13

We explore the motives, context, and labor of art, as well as promoting community-centered, outsider, underground, DIY, marginalized, or experimental artists oft-ignored by mainstream media.

Issue #13 was our Winter 2020 Issue turned to Spring 2020 Issue turned to Summer 2020. The seasons may change but our inconsistency remains the same. But, to our credit, as you may have noticed, there was this worldwide pandemic going on. And because of Covid-19, Issue #13 marks our first ever digital only online release.

Also you may have noticed an uprising against police and state violence led by the Black Lives Matter movement with renewed passion after the killing of George Floyd. The Sick Muse stands in support of all calls to dismantle the current police apparatus rooted in violence, authoritarianism, and white supremacy, and radically transform our conception of society’s conception of collective security to one that is just and controlled by the people. 

This issue we asked for submissions on the theme “Chicago looking out”, connecting local art and perspectives to places outside Chicago, near and far. Kicking things off, the collage on the cover and the piece to the left is by the amazing Esra Esra Kalk, who lives in Istanbul, Turkey and found us on Instagram. You may find two more of Esra’s pieces to on Page 29 & 30. Follow Esra on instagram @esraesrakalk. Page 17 has an interview with Samantha Riott, an artist from Brooklyn who came through Chicago on tour. Page 19 catches up with Chicago’s Glitter Moneyyy recently moved to California. Page 27 discusses pt.fwd, an organization forging a relationship between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal. We also have a whole section devoted to 2020 Chicago album releases, shouts out to these artists adapting to and surviving the pandemic and still putting out music. Also locally we take a look at a collaboration community project between organizations Yollocalli, Enlace, & The Kickback and interview Chicago musicians Lesage Williams and Pixel Grip. And of course the selection of brilliant lyrics, poetry and comics.

Featured Articles

ONO’s Red Summer

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“Gender: Custom”

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Stillness in La Villita

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Serengeti’s Ajai

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/Jə’raf/’s Throw Neck

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Samantha Riott Talks the Ever Corrosive Question of Why?

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Catching Up with LeSage Williams

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“The Bees Pt. 1”

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NNAMDÏ Came Through With The Hot Sauce

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“Strange Fear”

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Glitter Moneyyy Trades Malort for THAT FINE CALI TREE

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Pt.fwd: Creating a Downstate Home for the Sonic Avant-Garde

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“Eroding”

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Goth Disco: A Q&A With Chicago’s Own Pixel Grip

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Jackie’s House

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Community Outreach

Cover Artwork

Front Cover: “Inland “ by Esra Esra Kalk

Back Cover: Untitled by Noelle Davis (Xander Black)

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