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Terrain Northwest

Laura Collins /
Jaclyn Jacunski /
Robin Dluzen /
Zehra Khan /
Diana Gabriel /
Mae Vitali

10.01.2023 - 11.15.2023

Terrain Northwest is an exploration of how the Terrain philosophy of art in unexpected places could translate to our streets within Logan Square and Avondale. Much of the space is more urban and there are fewer front yards for the types of installations that started Terrain. Terrain Northwest will feature art in abandoned lots, sides of buildings, and store front windows along Milwaukee Avenue from the Milwaukee/Kimball/Diversey intersection to W Belmont Ave.

About the Biennial

Terrain Exhibitions is pleased to announce the 6th edition of our grassroots public art festival. Terrain Biennial 2023 will
bring public art to neighborhoods around the world
from October 1 – November 15, 2023.

Artists and curators collaborated with hosts to produce art installations (think sculptures, paintings, projections, flags, yarn art, you name it!) outside their homes (and other surprising spots!). Over 200 Terrain projects will be popping up on front lawns (and porches, windows, and rooftops, too!) around Chicagoland, across the country, and even all over the world for anyone who walks, rolls, skips or wanders by to discover.

This year, artists responded to the theme mycelium connection to honor and expand our mission of making unexpected, yet vital human and environmental connections. Mycelium is a thriving underground network of fungal threads, vital to many natural ecosystems. Despite its enormous geographical span, it remains invisible to most, subversively springing up from cracks and shadows. We ask ourselves, who and what has
been overlooked, and why?

Terrain Biennial began in 2013 on a single block in Oak Park, IL and has spread across redlining from Chicago to India and everywhere in between. Much like a mycelium bloom, we continue to creatively decentralize.

More information about the Biennial, including all of the sites across Chicago and beyond can be found at the main Terrain website, at

Tag your photos! #terrainnorthwest

Laura Collins

Britney Spears’ 2020 Pride Message Animated

About This Installation

This Britney Spears animation is made up of 524 handmade drawings using the technique of rotoscoping. Each cell is traced in colored pencil, digitally scanned, and played back in the same order, creating an animated version of the original video. Filmed against a screen in her home, and posted to Instagram in June of 2020, the video offers an intimate glimpse into Spears’ personal life during the pandemic. She wishes her fans a happy Pride Month, and thanks the LGBTQ community for all their support over the years. The animated version is a mediation and commemoration of Spears’s appreciation for her LGBTQ fans.



The Hairpin Arts Center was established as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit in 2009, as the Logan Square Chamber of Arts. LSCA’s mission is to empower, engage, and transform our communities through the arts. The Logan Square Chamber of Arts was organized to promote the greater Logan Square community of Chicago as a vibrant and attractive cultural destination by enhancing cultural opportunities in the Logan Square area, showcasing local cultural institutions and artists through community events, and participating in the larger Chicago cultural community.

About The Artist

Laura Collins is a visual artist based in Chicago. She earned a Master of Fine Art in Painting + Drawing from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Arts in New Media and a Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies from DePaul University. Previously, Collins  earned a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Painting from the University of Illinois.

Jaclyn Jacunski

You and Me

About This Installation

You and Me reflects on the promises and wishes in friendship. The work makes obvious our care for one another with large-scale patterns, and joyful adornments, in the antagonistic space of a vacant lot and chain link fence among an active neighborhood. How is the scale of friendship, care, and joy measured to our other forms of public life? This work shifts perceptions of a vacant lot in exchange for a vibrant connection. In the spirit of the exhibition, Jacunski uses perceived aggressions between the constraints of non-functioning, empty, and undeveloped urban space and then actively shifts psychological structures by layering forms and symbols of friendship to explore their impressions on the space—an assertion of the importance of communities’ social fabrics.

Located at: 2818-2020 N Milwaukee Ave


This installation activates an otherwise empty lot on the street. Owned and operated by Lapkus & Associates.

About The Artist

Jaclyn Jacunski’s work is driven by political controversies that surround land, communities, and acts of resistance. By framing evidence of those acts, her work re-contextualizes how they manifest in public spaces and neighborhood landscapes. Through her practice, she engages with resistance against powerful cultural systems such as gentrification, environmental threats, and state violence that exists in urban spaces. Rearranging found objects, news images, and architectural elements, her current work explores controversies in neighborhoods while considering the impact on an individual. She employs interdisciplinary practices but is defined by printmaking’s populist ethic of democratic distribution.

Robin Dluzen

drawing of a drawing my mom made (cranesbill)

About This Installation

“Drawing of a Drawing My Mom Made (Cranesbill)” is a continuation of Dluzen’s years-long engagement with the botanical illustrations her mother created during her 30-year career as a horticulturist. In this installation, Dluzen’s mother’s drawing of cranesbill clusters, a flowering plant also known as pelargonium and geranium, has been hand cut in adhesive vinyl –the medium Dluzen most uses in her day job as a union graphics installer. The all-over pattern of Dluzen’s mother’s cranesbill recalls Warhol’s silk screened hibiscus blooms, and at the same time imparts a powerful metaphor of its own. A variety of ground cover, cranesbill grows with an interconnected root system, capable of regrowing even after being pulled, via the bits and pieces remaining underground. Through both the cranesbill’s floriography and it’s personal significance, this installation is an homage to that which binds us, connects us, and keeps us flourishing from below the surface.

Located at The Corner Project

The Corner Project is the cultural stewardship of three blocks on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Avondale Neighborhood by the artist Lynn Basa. The Corner Project was the genesis of the Milwaukee Avenue Alliance.

About The Artist

Robin Dluzen is a Chicago-based artist whose artwork has been featured in venues throughout the country including the Dorchester Art Project in Boston, MA; Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN; Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago; Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago; the Union League Club of Chicago; Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago; and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Dluzen received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Zehra Khan

charmed, i’m sure

About This Installation

Zehra Khan weaves hot glue through a framework of reclaimed clothing from her personal collection, displayed in the window front of the clothing boutique Winsome.


Winsome Clothing & Goods is an independently owned boutique featuring pieces to feel good about for those seeking sparks of joy in the everyday! They feature clothing and accessories from brands and designers that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices without sacrificing style and quality.

About The Artist

Zehra Khan is a multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, sculpture, performance, and painting — the latter often on her fellow humans. Always playful, often absurdist and provocative, Khan uses unconventional and found materials and methods to explore relationships — those between individuals as well as those between humans and the flora and fauna of the world around us.

Khan is American and Pakistani, born in Indonesia. She lived in Paris and Switzerland before moving to the US at age eleven. Zehra received a BS from Skidmore College and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design low-residency program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2009.

Khan has attended artist residencies at Yaddo, Ox-Bow, I-Park, ArtLab at the Mountain Lake Biological Research Station, Vermont Studio Center, The Studios of Key West, The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Art Space Sonahmoo in Korea, and Space A in Kathmandu.

Zehra is a current participant of the NYC Drawing Center Viewing Program and the deCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program. She authored a children’s book “A Sunny Day for Flowers”, and contributed artwork to “The Resistance Coloring & Activity Book.”

Khan moved from the East Coast to Chicago in 2018, where she is a member of the gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid.

Diana Gabriel

precioso (para don julito)

About This Installation

The Precioso installation is inspired by the Gold Museum in Bogota and love for (our) Colombian coffee. Both, coffee and gold are emblems of our heritage and Colombian patrimony.
Gabriel’s most memorable experience drinking coffee as a kid was at her grandfather’s Coffee farm. Don Julito, as most of her family called him, grew up and spent most of his life with his family as a coffee farmer. He took much pride and joy growing, selecting and processing coffee for the Federacion Colombiana de Cafeteros.

As an adult, the memories of running around in her family’s farm came rushing back when Gabriel visited the Eje Cafetero (Coffee Axis) in Quindio, Colombia, a few years back. She felt like a kid again whilst engulfed by the majestic green mountains and radiant blue sky and wanted to represent the ridges of those beautiful mountains in gold because the country in which that coffee grows is as precious as the many magnificent pre-columbian Tumbaga gold statues that were found in it.

Colombian land is precious and so is everything that comes from it. ¡Que Viva el Café!


Inspired by our passionate, creative, and independent-spirited abuelita, Viri, we’ve come together to create something deeply personal that everyone can enjoy. Family-owned. Colombian Owned. Independently-owned. Magnifico Coffee Roasters is a celebration of connection, culture, and community
in every roast and in every sip.

About The Artist

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Gabriel earned her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2004, and her MFA from Illinois State University in 2007. She currently teaches at Harper College and College of Lake County in Illinois.

She has exhibited in Chicago and nationally. Some venues include the Chicago Cultural Center, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago Artist Coalition, and Willis Tower. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, The Chicago Tribune, and Sixty Inches From Center. She has participated in the Connecting Communities Residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, Interface Residency at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL, and Ragdale Residency in Lake Forest, IL. Gabriel is also an Alma Award recipient from Latino Arts Inc. in WI and a 3Arts nominee.

Mae Vitali

city quilt

About This Installation

City Quilt is inspired by barn quilts which are often visible in rural areas off the side of the road, and are meant to be bright and eye-catching to passersby. Vitali hopes to share her love of quilting with the community and anyone who drives past and invites them to enjoy an important part of her practice and steeped in family tradition.

Located at: EXTRA Projects, 3551 W Diversey Ave


Terrain Northwest is an expansion of EXTRA’s mission to support emerging artists by creating space for unconventional interactions with art and the community. EXTRA has been presenting shows of emerging and mid-carrer artists’ work since its inception in 2018, and it is dedicated to reducing barriers to new artists by cultivating opporitunity and allocating space.

About The Artist

Mae Vitali is a Chicago-based textile artist and quilter. She works with vintage and secondhand materials, such as cloth children’s books and feedsack fabrics to create clothing, accessories, and art for the home. She is most inspired by traditional quilting patterns and techniques to give old textiles a new life.

Please enjoy a self-guided walking tour at any time and enjoy the installations!

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