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Chicago Street Scenes at Heaven Gallery

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Last Friday, multi-diciplinary not-for-profit art space Heaven Gallery opened its latest exhibition by street photographer and blogger, Isa Giallorenzo. More than one hundred photos taken between April 2009 and January 29, 2011 were plastered onto five plywood panels in Heaven's main room. In the second room, Giallorenzo installed in the space with fellow female street fashion photo bloggers, Monica Dimperio from Midwasteland, Emma Arnold from Tres Awesome, and Amy Creyer from Chicago Streetstyle Scene. The collaborative project was conceived by Heaven's on-the-fly hipster curators, Alma and Dave with Giallorenzo's instigation just over two weeks ago. In that short time Giallorenzo had the help from street artists Nick Marzullo, Brett Manning and the two Basquiat-esque children she nannies to assist her in achieving the tattered and ripped aesthetic for the artwork. The plan was to create an art piece to represent styilistic scenes as points in time rather than be an exhibition of photos of stylish people.

As a nanny working in Logan Square and living in Ukrainian Village, Giallorenzo uses the Milwaukee Avenue corridor for transport and is constantly being confronted with oppourtunities for a photo. When we ask Giallorenzo where her inspiration is derived and who she compares herself to, she pauses for a moment almost in hesitation. Not sure she gets inspiration from anyone in particular, she says she just marches to the beat of her own drum.

What about The Sartorialist or Facehunter? "I love his work for sure," she responds, "but I don't even want to compare myself with him, I am more influenced by the Facehunter and I think he's much better for me. I want to draw from him but I work a lot on coordinating background and I look for the moment of style. I look for a good sense of personal style and coherence- you know when you look at the person and it works- the clothes and the clothes with the person." — Jared Hatch
· Isa Giallorenzo [Official Site]
· Tres Awesome [Official Site]
· Chicago Street Style [Official Site]
· The MidWasteland [Official Site]