Homeless Cop

If you watch Adult Swim, you might have already seen some work by Homeless Cop. This Indy artist by way of Chicago has created 11 animations that are now airing and a billboard that has its own time lapse video online.

Jason Fennell, the man behind Homeless Cop, is an oil painter that also dabbles with drawing, design work, t-shirt designs and making cartoons and music videos. Although he’s never been homeless or a cop, he put the two words together to create a memorable name and hopes to one day have a food truck to give away soup to the homeless and veterans.

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Originally from St. Louis, he has lived in Chicago for the last 12 years and recently moved to downtown Indy. He used to play drums in hip hop, funk and art metal bands, always making the flyers. Skateboard graphics and t-shirts caught his eye and he began making his own shirts, which led him to deciding to paint. “Actually, the movie Basquait was, and is, a big influence on me. I paint like I draw, and I make what I like, so that’s where I’m at today. Living the life and working at my art so when I’m dead it can live on around the world.”

His colorful and crispy creations have been featured at an art show in The Foundation Room at the House of Blues Chicago, and until recently has been in a downtown Chicago coffee shop called Dollop. Not to mention that some really cool guys such as Rainn Wilson, Eric Wareheim, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly all own work by Homeless Cop. “I live the life of an artist; I make art and I’m not concerned at all about paying my bills,” said Fennell. “Life isn’t hard. I do help out occasionally at my friend’s painting company because I’ve always liked painting and it’s cool to hang out with friends, listening to music and talking all day.”

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This will be Fennell’s first year as an ORANJE participant, and he promises to have a booth that kicks ass. “My art will be there doing it’s thing. I think it’s honest and it’s real, and I’m hoping it has a positive effect on people. I’ll probably have my cartoons and music videos playing on a loop. From what I can tell, ORANJE is going to be a great event with a lot of creative people, so I’m glad to be a part of it and I’m pretty sure I’ll have fun, ORANJE-style.”

You can keep up with Homeless Cop’s work on Facebook, Twitter and his website. Make sure to stop by his booth on October 12!

Callie Croom

If you haven’t been to the ballet in awhile, or ever, ORANJE is bringing ballet to YOU this year!

Callie Croom is a classically-trained ballet dancer living in Chicago, taking this very technical, challenging and distinguished art form and putting a fresh, modern twist on it. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Croom grew up taking ballet classes since she was only three years old, dancing for Barbara Pontecorvo. She continued her education at Butler, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance two years ago. During her time at Butler, she choreographed each year for the Student Choreography Showcase (which she urges you to try to attend…it’s FREE!). “My art is like me; it’s weird and quirky and at points a little immature, but that’s how you grow up artistically,” Croom said. “It’s constant experimentation, lots of trial and error.”

528308_10151331056395952_1100290386_nThis past season, Croom worked with colleagues at Elements Contemporary Ballet for an installation in the Chicago Cultural Center. Elements is a part-time gig for her while she freelances for several other people in the greater Chicago area and waits tables in the evening. “I’d like to work full time with a company, either as a dancer or a choreographer (or both!),” she said.

So how does one go about choreographing ballet? Croom tells us she likes to try to enter a studio/rehearsal with some sort of planned movement, but at the same time as a blank slate. Inspiration can hit at any time, from human relationships she has had to a piece of inspiring music. Casting dancers that she trusts, and that also trust her, they work as a team to come up with movement that makes sense for everyone. “We usually improvise for awhile to get comfortable with each other. Then, I start building around certain phrases that work.”

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This will be Croom’s first year ORANJE, both as an artist and attendee. “I’ve case mostly Butler alumni that live in Chicago now, so I’m excited to work with this specific group of people and to be able to bring them back into a place we all spent time together dancing. I have no idea what the finished work will look like, but I know I’ve got some seriously talented dancers cast for this, so I highly recommend you come see them werk.”