Off The Grid at Gallery R’Pure

A designer camping trip with Frederick McSwain and François Chambard's first collaborative collection

If glamorous camping is “glamping,” does that make designer camping “damping?” Whatever you call the pristine, outdoors-inspired objects in “Off the Grid“—the collaboration between designer François Chambard of UM Project and artist and designer Frederick McSwain—the exhibition playfully riffs on the title, from literal interpretations of grid-based design to more free-thinking explorations of what it means to take the design off the grid. For Chambard, …

(dis)location

Photographer Filip Dujardin's solo exhibit blurs the line between architectural fact and fiction

With his wonderfully imaginative architectural “photomontages,” artist Filip Dujardin addresses questions of what might have been and what’s still to come. Pulling solely from his extensive archive of his own photographs of buildings, urban spaces and landscapes, the Belgian artist dissects and meticulously reassembles images—with the assistance of computer retouching—to create an augmented reality of near-believable structures in bizarrely complementary environments. Dujardin’s second solo exhibition …

Summer City Bicycles

Five bikes for touring town

Midsummer may very well be the season of the bicycle. With a steady schedule of backyard BBQs, concerts in the park, afternoons at the beach and general meandering about, it’s crucial to have the proper warm-weather transportation. To accommodate such adventures we’ve compiled a short selection of city-ready bicycles, all under $800. Heritage Bicycles Handmade with durable American steel in Chicago, Daisy is a beefy …