Welcome to Maladjusted Art!
MaladjustedArt seeks to inspire the inner brat with whimsical images and pithy slogans. Featuring the artwork of Chicago artist Vanessa Shinmoto and her muse Renato Petterino. Vanessa works with a variety of media to create paintings, collages, artbooks and novelty gift items. Enjoy the artwork and musings and feel free to provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maladjusted News & Upcoming Shows
An excerpt of Vanessa's artist story, "The Home Gallery Space, A Cautionary Tale", recently featured on the Chicago Artists Resource website:
"From 2001 to 2007, I lived in an old brownstone on Halsted Street in a part of Pilsen that currently calls itself the Chicago Arts District. Many independent artists live in the building. My 1500 square foot unit had no running water and no kitchen or bathroom facilities. With few exceptions, most dwellers shared a shower and, if they were lucky, two toilets..."
Read about the home gallery she ran while creating MaladjustedArt here.
Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. CAR provides online networking resources and opportunities for Chicago artists working in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.
Chicago Looks: Portraits by Chicago Artists was first presented in Fall of 2008 by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Program. The Chicago Looks installation can be viewed along the Riverwalk each Fall.
For a brief description of Chicago Looks, click here!
Inspiration for the Maladjusted
The colorful characters and bosses of the old school Chicago artists' neighborhood in Pilsen (aka. Chicago Arts District) inspired Vanessa to create mixed media drawings using her non-dominant left hand. Vanessa created the artwork on this site while living in the midst of the Chicago Arts District and exhibiting in its 2nd Friday artwalks. Vanessa's muse, Renato, supplies the snide and pithy statements that accompany her childlike images.
One late winter night, Vanessa got the idea to turn her drawings into a spoof of a children's book. It took two years, lots of compulsive research, a contract with a Hong Kong printer and $3,500 to turn the best of the images into a children's book for adults. Slogans for the Maladjusted revels in all our subconscious, bratty thoughts.
Vanessa plans to publish book II once she gets her sh*t together. In the meantime, this limited first edition makes a one of a kind gift and looks great on your coffee table.