‘Long Song (for Jimmy Scott)’ by Jovencio de la Paz
Art: Courtesy of the artist

Jovencio de la Paz spent his early years in Jakarta, Indonesia, surrounded by batik, fabric decorated in a traditional method using molten wax and dye. But the 28-year-old artist started creating such textiles himself only after moving to Chicago in 2012 to teach at the School of the Art Institute’s prestigious fiber arts department. “Batik was in my subconscious,” the Logan Square resident recalls, and the craft came rushing back to him, along with a desire to explore styles of street art. In Endless Flight, an exhibition of about a dozen new works opening at the West Loop gallery Threewalls (three-walls.org) on June 12, the artist blends batik and graffiti writing. That includes the piece pictured above, Long Song (for Jimmy Scott), an homage to the late jazz singer.