Why Dunking is back! Airbrush booth rental company returns after a decade hiatus
Chicago’s Dunking booth, once the hub of the Chicago street-art scene, is once again home to a new generation of artists.
A new team of artists will be taking over the airbrush rental company’s space in the new Dunking Booth Mba.
A small airbrush studio, the space will be open for public events and live events.
The new space is being designed by local architect Jens Rehm, and will house the artworks of artist and illustrator, and artist-designer, Daniella Wiernik.
The space will feature a large-scale art installation by Wierniak, and a larger scale installation by artist-artist, Alex Marder.
The studio will be located in the former Dunking Cafe space, and is expected to open in mid-January.
The airbrush booths will be a first for the Chicago art scene.
In February, the Chicago Art Museum held a mini-cafe called the Alley Daze, which was created with the assistance of the airbrushes booth rental companies.
Wiernick says the air brushes and molds used in the Alleydaze were made with recycled materials and reused old airbrush frames.
“The airbrush molds were not designed to be used in airbrush production,” she says.
“They were designed for a specific purpose, namely to hold airbrush airbrushed canvases that were being recycled.”
Wiernik says she is excited to return to the Dunking location, where she says she has witnessed an explosion in street art over the past decade.
“I think the air brush was a catalyst for street art,” she tells Al Jazeera.
“It’s been a big part of what has happened here in Chicago in the last few years, and we can’t let that continue.”
The new airbrush company is an addition to the mix for Chicago’s street-arts scene.
Previously, airbrush companies operated by Chicago’s South Side were housed in a warehouse.
Now, the Dunkin’ booth rental office will be on the ground floor of the new building, which will have a bar and a restaurant.
The Dunkin booth is expected be open to the public in early February.