Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Home coming: videos by Cara Megan Lewis and Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera

A Home coming
videos by Cara Megan Lewis and Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera


Opening Friday September 19, from 6-10pm

September 19 - October 11, 2014

The comfort of “home” is exploited in the three video works featured in the exhibition A Home coming. Each video is situated in a liminal, transitory space that complicates otherwise familiar places and implicates the role of the voyeur, blurring the distinction between reality and fiction. The exhibition will feature a collaborative artwork, and one individual work by each of the artists.
For their individual works, both Cara and Alejandro appropriated existing “home videos.”  For Cara’s video installation Let’s Do It, edited footage from a 1990 home music video - originally made in collaboration with her father - raises questions of early sexual awareness and depicts the fine line between confidence and self consciousness.  Alejandro’s video on the other hand abstracts an overtly sexual video clip from a homemade porn he found online, offering a humorous perspective on that which is usually confined to the private realm.

The setting of their collaborative video installation Cul-de-Sac is a subdivision of more than 100 houses all in the same state of construction. The timeless music box melody accompaniment implies a history and offers a counterpoint to the otherwise cultural void depicted in the footage of the construction site. The hypnotic video exposes the skeleton of a yet-to-be populated, already-scripted homogenous society that prizes superficial appearance over true quality.

The collaborative Diaz Lewis (Chicago/Cuba) formed in October 2012 when the couple Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis received an unexpected invitation from the National Ballet of Cuba to participate in a group exhibition marking the anniversary of the Cuban institution. In the following year, Diaz and Lewis worked together across the divide, Diaz in Havana and Lewis in Chicago. Their photo book, SMS: Simultaneous Moments of Silence documents a year apart moving simultaneously through life in their distinct positions; Lewis is a gallery director of Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Diaz is an emerging Cuban artist. While Diaz and Lewis have performed private art actions from Varadero, Cuba to Hong Kong, their participation in Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival 2014 marked their first public performance together. In 2014, they realized two performative artworks through Defibrillator Gallery in Chicago, The Other’s Voice and I Am Not Myself. Both performances addressed the complexities of communication and the deconstruction of iconic symbols. Their collaborative practice continues to investigate how the political relationship and cultural distinctions between their two countries (the US and Cuba) manifest on a micro or personal level.


Antena


1755 S Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60608





Friday, July 18, 2014

What am I looking at?

These local comedians go around to art openings and discuss what they see. They visited Antena a few weeks ago for Kristin Reeves art opening.

Friday, May 30, 2014

[What Is This Feeling] New work by Kristin Reeves


[What Is This Feeling]
New work by Kristin Reeves
Opening June 27 from 6-10pm
June 27 –July 19, 2014

[What Is This Feeling] processes the consequences of a desire to isolate where it hurts and what it is to be human. The work is inspired by my history as a pediatric research subject and a more resent experience handling dissected and dismembered cadavers at the end of their two-years of use. I retired and documented a series of experimental handmade 16mm film loops that had been at my service for the same duration. The stills are displayed through a network of x-ray viewers, embellished power strips and electrical cords. Also on display, a running film installation in the process of breakdown.

Bio
Examining the examiners through still and moving media, Kristin Reeves has shown her work internationally in museums, galleries, theaters, art events, and festivals such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), and the European Media Art's 2013 Best of the Festival program (Osnabrück). She has also collaborated in over 20 multimedia performances including the Tony Fitzpatrick American Trilogy at Steppenwolf Theater and she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.


Antena
1755 S Laflin St.  
Chicago, IL 60608

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ruthless Powers: New Work by Liz Born & Victoria Martinez

Ruthless Powers
New Work by Liz Born & Victoria Martinez

Opening Reception Friday, May 16th, from 6-10pm
May 16 - June 13, 2014

Antena
1755 S Laflin St.

Using plants, refuse, and roadkill, Born and Martinez attempt reanimation, asking: How does a body become a monument? Ruthless Powers presents moments of decay, both architectural and biological, and the subsequent preservation of abandoned places and post-mortem tissues. New works reflect evidence of formal decision-making that leads to a subconscious confrontation.

Drinks and refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us!

Liz Born is a printmaker, teaching artist and founder of Hoofprint Workshop, a Pilsen-based printmaking studio. Her woodcuts feature a handful of characters, archetypal and mammalian, performing acts of eating, birthing, and self-contemplation.

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Pilsen. She creates site-specific interventions in the urban environment that honor memories growing up in the community. Her work includes materials from local establishments and found objects to echo nostalgia.

"antena" is a project space located in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The spanish word "antena" means a device that is a transducer designed to transmit or receive electromagnetic waves. In this case, it is meant to define a cultural space that symbolically transmits/broadcasts art ideas, new media & installation projects on a local and global scale.

lizborn.com
victoria-martinez.com
antenapilsen.blogspot.com

On display through June 13th by appointment

antena is located just a block from the 18th pink line station, at the corner of Laflin and 18th St

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014