Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hot for O.S.

Hot for O.S.

Artists: _ʝ⌡△✕✕✕5̶¥̶N̶_  (jonCates && 愛真 Janet Lin)
Patrick Quinn
Paul Hertz
Jon Satrom
Jason Soliday
Jeff Kolar
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Amanda Gutierrez
Huong Ngo George Monteleone
Patrick Lichty
Brett Ian Balogh
Sam Lavigne
David Tracy

Performances by Satrom & Soliday, _ʝ⌡△✕✕✕5̶¥̶N̶_  (jonCates && 愛真 Janet Lin), and Jeff Kolar Curated by Miguel Cortez

Opening Friday June 5, 2015 from 6pm-10pm

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St.

Hot for O.S. is a tongue in cheek title for a show with artists who work with new technology. While we all are staring at our phones and tablets during our bus or train trips, these artists use new media and create artwork that is unique and challenge the norms of how we experience art.

Regarding the title, O.S. or Object Sexuality is a sexual fetish for people who fall in love or feel strong feelings of attraction to inanimate objects. Although these artists are not necessarily in love with their objects(or are they?), they do have a passion.

About the artists: Amanda Gutierrez is a video artist born in Mexico City, Amanda Gutiérrez completed her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializing in Performance and New Media. In Mexico, she completed her undergraduate studies in Stage Design at the INBA/ENAT. For twelve years, she has worked in the field of performance and sound art, fusing the two disciplines in installation projects. Among her video series is A brief history of fictions, which consists of four projects performed under the same methodology and work strategies from documentary and performance. This series has won two awards: The Fellowship Competition 2007 and CAAP 2008, and was selected as a finalist for the national award Artadia Art Chicago 2009. Gutiérrez has had artist residencies at CMM (Multimedia Center) in Mexico City, Mexico (2001), ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe, Germany (2002), and Artist Village in Taipei, Taiwan (2009). She has also received scholarships from the Artist Residencies Program 2009 FONCA-BANFF Centre and the prize-EMARE EMAN at the residency FACT Liverpool. In the present she is the recipient of the Mexican grant for established artist: Sistema Nacional de Creadores ( National System of Creators). www.amandagutierrez.net

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is graduating from NYU –  ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) in New York City in 2015 ( PBS MediaShift). In 2014 her video artwork was included in the 2014 Storytelling : La biennale d’art contemporain autochtone, 2e édition (Art Biennale of Contemporary Native Art) at Art Mur (Montreal, Canada). She is also the co-founder of the ‘Stupid Hackathon’ with Sam Lavigne-in its second year and has had press in a few recent publications, most recently The Guardian. She has been a featured artist at numerous international performance festivals since 2008 in cities not limited to: Beijing, China, Manila, Philippines, Seoul, South Korea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, New York NY and Washington, DC. She performed as part of the 2012 Gwangju Biennial and created an interactive portion of The Exchange Archive at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2013. http://studioamelia.com

Brett Ian Balogh is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces. He is currently an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching courses in new media, architecture, digital fabrication, radio and sound. Brett is a free103point9 transmission artist and has exhibited and performed at P.S.1 (NY), Diapason (NY), Devotion Gallery (NY); The MCA (Chicago) and The Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago) among others.

David Tracy is a designer and artist currently residing in New York City by way of Chicago. David worked as an architect in Chicago before pursuing a Master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He develops projects that explore the digital presence of physical objects, internet augmented perception, and interactive space.

George Monteleone was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the rural enclave of Jim Thorpe (formerly known as Mauch Chunk), Pennsylvania.  He studied cognitive science at Northwestern University, and developed his creative practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  His work explores potential structures of social and affective experience, which he considers a specialized inquiry in the field of science, and a fundamental component in the practice of art.   He has screened, performed, and exhibited collaborative work at venues including The Kitchen (New York City, NY), Recess (New York City, NY), The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), The Crossroads Moving Image Festival (San Francisco, CA), Roots & Culture CAC (Chicago, IL), and The Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL).  He has also co-authored research articles published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.   He currently resides in New York City, makes ongoing remote contributions to research at the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, and teaches in the program in Digital Arts and Multimedia Design at La Salle University as well as the Department of Film at Brooklyn College.

Hương Ngô is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Hong Kong as a refugee and based everywhere. Her work draws from a range of performance-based practices in order to engage specifically with the potential of the anti/de-colonial gesture and more broadly to explore how political agency is embedded in the performative. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program and recently received the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Grant to realize a project in Vietnam. She has presented her solo and collaborative work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), the Yerba Buena Center (San Francisco, CA), the New Museum (New York City, NY), Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), the Queens Museum (Queens, NY), The Kitchen (New York City, NY), Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison, WI), the Tate Modern (London, UK), the National Gallery (Prague, CZ) through the 2005 International Prague Art Biennial, amongst many other artist-run and nonprofit spaces. She is the recipient of the 2011 Rhizome Commission (with Fantastic Futures), has been in residence through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York City, NY), SOMA (Mexico City, MX), and the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, FR). This summer, she will be in residence at Latitude (Chicago, IL) and Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY). http://www.huongngo.com/

Jason Soliday is an electronic musician who has been an active member of Chicago’s sound-making community for over fifteen years, performing improvised and semi-composed works as a solo artist as well as a member of various bands and collaborative projects. Current projects XTAL fSCK with new media/glitch artist Jon Satrom, Cleaved Clever with Jake Rodriguez (bran(…)pos), several recording projects with EVP researcher Michael Esposito, and an improvising duo with bassist Darin Gray (Chikamorachi, Dazzling Killmen, etc.). From 2005 to 2012 he was also the main organizer at Enemy, a performance space in Chicago focusing on sound art and improvised music. www.soundcloud.com/cranks-satori

Jeff Kolar is a sound artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press), “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), and “characteristically curious” (Marc Weidenbaum), often activates sound in unconventional, temporary, and ephemeral ways using appropriation and remix as a critical practice. His solo and collaborative projects, installations, and public performances often investigate the mundane sonic nuances of everyday electronic devices. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and the founder and director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform. http://jeffkolar.us

Jon Satrom is a constructive deconstructivist, a creative problematizer, a collaborative agitator and a systems spelunker. His realtime A/V performances (w/ Jason Soliday & Rob Ray, && others), experimental video-works, net.art, and artware (w/ Ben Syverson) have been consumed within various space-times across multiple planes. Satrom co-founded the r4wb1t5! microFestival framework (w/ jonCates) and the GLI.TC/Hconference/festival/gathering (w/ Nick Briz, Evan Meaney, && Rosa Menkman). He has taught and developed courses in the new-media path of the Department of Film Video New Media Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the TECHNE lab at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and directs the Chicago-based boutique digital studio studiothread. Sharing, bringing folks together, creative problem creating and investigating structures though failure, kludges, and glitches fuel his endeavors. http://jonsatrom.com

Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based media artist, writer, independent curator, co-founder of the performance art group Second Front, and animator for the activist group, The Yes Men. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). http://patricklichty.com/

Patrick Quinn is an artist, hacker and researcher concerned with destabilizing structures of enclosure and promoting open culture. He utilizes a variety of remixological processes and trangressive media strategies to form a tangential counter-discourse to capitalism. This counter-discourse takes the form of participatory media art projects that attempt to inspire widespread revolt against commodified information and move society beyond the property form. In 2015, Quinn founded SURVANT-Cryp (https://twitter.com/survantcryp), a Brooklyn-based experimental music + zine imprint utilizing dead drops + .onion sites to distribute music + zines + poetics. He has participated in art + hacking projects in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Basel and Cape Town. Quinn studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015.

Paul Hertz is an independent artist and curator who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He delights in dysfunctional fortunetelling, faux symbolism, intermedia, code sourcery, glitching and social interfaces. He recently curated the group show "glitChicago" at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Another group show he curated, all.go.rhythm, will open at the Ukrainian in October 2015. He has been involved with algorithmic art and computational media for over 30 years. http://paulhertz.net/

Sam Lavigne is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn. His work deals with surveillance, cops, data, and automation. He is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry, and the cofounder of the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon. http://lav.io

_ʝ⌡△✕✕✕5̶¥̶N̶_ is the Noise Country duet of jonCates && 愛真 Janet Lin, who got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout: jJ4xxx5YN.tumblr.com

About the curator:
Miguel Cortez is an artist/curator living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently runs Antena, an alternative art space located in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. His artwork has been shown at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Krannert Museum and at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Other shows include exhibits in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery and at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia. http://www.mcortez.com/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Antena named 1 of the 16 best art galleries in Chicago!


The 16 Best Galleries In Chicago

You don't have to go to a museum to enjoy art. Chicago is a thriving gallery town, with districts all over the city dedicated to showcasing art of all kinds and art walks every week.
Following are 16 of our favorite galleries you must visit that will have you staring at photos, paintings and sculptures like Ferris Bueller stared at the paintings on the Art Institute's walls.
Ed Paschke Art Center
The eccentric and intensely colorful work and belongings that exude the fascinating personality of a quintessential Chicago artist, the late Ed Paschke, now have a permanent and beautiful home in Jefferson Park. Opened on June 22 on what would have been the artist’s 75th birthday, the bright and large space houses many works by Paschke along with a recreation of his studio that includes source material and other ephemera. Owners Vesna K. Stelcer and Lionel B. Rabb have created an incredible testament to one of the most well-known artists and teachers in the city. In addition to the impressive collection of Paschke on display, the back gallery exhibits other artists along with an artist-in-residence program. Currently on view is “Warhol, Reed, and Bowie,” photographs by the Chicago-based photojournalist, Steve Schapiro through Jan. 15. —Carrie McGath
Ed Paschke Art Center is located at 5415 W. Higgins Ave.

Co-Prosperity Sphere
Ed Marszewski has a mini-empire of businesses in Bridgeport. The King Cholo and public face of Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar and Marz Community Brewing has been a gallery owner dating back to his days at the late bUDDY in Wicker Park. The Co-Prosperity Sphere, located a couple blocks south of Maria’s, is an expansion of the “experimental cultural center” philosophy Marszewski originally implemented at bUDDY. The “Co-Pro” hosts several rotating exhibits throughout the year but its reach moves far beyond art into hosting theatrical productions, Story Club South Side, is the home for the annual Version Festival and MDW Fair and other events. The art exhibits focus on new and emerging artists, many of whom have worked with Marszewski in his various publishing endeavors including LumpenMash Tun Journal, and Proximity — Chuck Sudo
The Co-Prosperity Sphere is located at 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

Ann Nathan Gallery
Back in January I attended a packed opening of Art Shay’s photography at this River North gallery and returned a couple weeks later to enjoy some of the other exhibits on display. Ann Nathan has seen it all in over 30 years running her gallery, including the infamous River North gallery district fire of 1989, and she’s persevered with a keen eye for amazing art and earned a reputation as one of the most respected gallery owners in Chicago. Nathan and her staff curate exhibits that run the gamut of contemporary art, from photography and paintings to sculpture and furniture. All of it showcased in a roomy, inviting space that takes most of the pretense out of visiting a gallery. — Chuck Sudo
Ann Nathan Gallery is located at 212 W. Superior St.

Carl Hammer Gallery
Carl Hammer Gallery is a deeply-rooted institution in the city’s art scene as well as an absolute must-visit space when in the River North Arts District. Focusing on Outsider, emerging and African art, the permanent collection is impressive. The exhibitions here are consistently engrossing and the openings are warm and intimate. Mr. Hammer recently received an honorary Visionary Award from Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, only adding to him being a central figure in the arts community in Chicago and beyond. Just some of the artists the gallery represents include: C.J. Pyle, Henry Darger, Mr. Imagination / Gregory Warmac, Lee Godie and Mary Lou Zelazny. Currently on view through Dec. 31 is “Truppe Fledermaus and the Carnival at the End of the World” with work by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. —Carrie McGath
Carl Hammer Gallery is located at 740 N. Wells St.
Catherine Edelman Gallery
River North has one of the highest concentrations of galleries in Chicago so how does one stand out among the rest? If you’re Catherine Edelman, you focus on damn fine photography, which she and her staff have done with a laser focus for 27 years. Edelman’s below street level space has earned a reputation as one of the best contemporary photography galleries in the Midwest, with a mix of exhibits from new and established photographers. Currently, Edelman is host to Sandro Miller’s “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich” exhibit where Miller and John Malkovich pay homage to iconic American photography. That exhibit is arguably second to the MCA’s “Bowie Is” exhibit as the hottest pop art exhibit in Chicago. Visit Catherine Edelman for Miller and Malkovich, stay for the equally arresting Unsoiled exhibit from Chicago-based photographer Allison Grant. Grant takes original photographs from Flickr, Wikipedia, and other public/Creative Commons sources and reinterprets them through the use of found materials. — Chuck Sudo
Catherine Edelman Gallery is located at 300 W. Superior St.

DePaul Art Museum
Part of DePaul University, the DePaul Art Museum has free admission and features pieces that pack a punch. In keeping with the mission of the school, much of the art seeks to create social awareness and engagement. Though it does feature some historical exhibitions, much of the work that is on display at any given time is contemporary, and speaks to our current cultural and social reality. There is constant rotation of exhibitions, which means that you can go back again and again and see new things. They also have a sizable collection of work that is not on display for the public that can be searched in its entirety online and is available by appointment through their website. — Sophie Day
DePaul Art Museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton.

This apartment gallery in Pilsen off 18th Street is a space that always has emerging artists doing groundbreaking work. A lot of technology-based artists exhibit here, but Antena is hardly narrow in scope. Curator and founder, Miguel Cortez, has created a place for artists who are primarily new to exhibiting a place to show their work. He finds many of his artists by his own acute radar, but also utilizes Acre Projects, a residency in Wisconsin, to find much of the work he displays. The openings most always include artists who are always happy to talk to visitors in a casual, unpretentious atmosphere. Since it isn’t a typical, “art world” gallery, it is all that much more meaningful and enjoyable. As a bonus, enjoy a beer in exchange for a donation while you peruse. The gallery is on hiatus till Spring, so be sure to check this space out after the thaw. — Carrie McGath
Antena is located at 1765 S. Laflin St.
Mars Gallery
If you’ve ever noticed the strange sign for the “Fulton Vortex” in an alley in the West Loop, you might be curious to know what it is. It’s supposedly a vortex of energy fields and much of them are concentrated in Mars Gallery. I will admit this place does feel warmly spooky to me and it’s a great place to discover the West Loop’s artistic history and present.— Melissa McEwen
Mars Gallery is located at 1139 W. Fulton Market.
Firecat Projects
Firecat Projects is one of those rare and wonderful spaces where art and the artists who create it are the absolute priority. The former studio of Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick, it was converted to a gallery space in 2010 with Stan Klein. This space is a joy to visit regularly with its laid-back air and consistently strong exhibitions. A true art space in every way, the artists at Firecat have complete license on how to use their time in conjunction with the space and no commissions from sold work is taken by the gallery, but instead goes directly to the artists. I am always inspired when I visit Firecat since the work is so sincere and solid. And as a bonus, it is always a pleasure to chat with Stan Klein himself who is often present. Through Nov. 22, Jessica Joslin’s “Immortal Zoo” is on view and on Nov. 28, the cannot-miss exhibition, “Nelson Algren’s Chicago” will open with photographs by the great Art Shay.— Carrie McGath
Firecat Projects is located at 2124 N. Damen Ave.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Located near the Blue Line Chicago stop, there is a particularly unique art experience at Intuit. The work exhibited is by artists who were never formally trained and instead began to create art from an innate drive within them, in essence, an intuitive drive. The appeal of Outsider Art is constantly growing and becoming a serious genre for collectors and museum acquisitions. On permanent display is a recreation of the small apartment of Chicago’s own custodian / artist, Henry Darger. One of the most well-known of Outsider artists, this room is a major draw to anyone interested in this movement. Additionally, their extensive research collection is a draw for both scholars and the curious alike. Events are always happening in the space including music, lectures, and art programs. Currently on view is “Found: Page Me Later” and “Collective Soul: Outsider Art from Chicago Collections,” both through Dec. 27. — Carrie McGath
Intuit is located at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Carrie Secrist Gallery
Carrie Secrist Gallery in the West Loop consistently delivers edgy, thought-provoking, well-curated exhibitions and should be in any contemporary art-lover’s sights. Showing and representing emerging artists, it is a great place to get a handle on the pulse of what is happening in art right now. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22, there will be an opening reception for a group show called, “Dogs Chase Balls.” This is an exhibit curated by NO SPACE, an artist-run project space based primarily online and in Mexico City. A portion of the proceeds of this exhibition will go to PAWS Chicago and is yet another reason to love this gallery. — Carrie McGath
Carrie Secrist Gallery is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd.

Gage Gallery
A part of Roosevelt University, this Loop gallery is home to intimate and well-conceived exhibitions and is a great way to end a day after the large, encyclopedic experience that is the Art Institute of Chicago just across Michigan Avenue. The Gage Gallery often shows photography and, most recently, is hosting rotating exhibitions celebrating ten decades of Chicago photojournalism that continues through next summer. Check out the moving documentary photography of John H. White called, “Faith, Focus, Flight,” through Dec. 20. — Carrie McGath
Gage Gallery is located at at 18 S. Michigan Ave.
Sideshow Gallery
Come one, come all to Chicago’s purveyors of the curious, the odd and the monstrously grotesque! A stuffed bat suspended in a glove perched atop an urn, a vintage saw with carnival text that reads “Tattoo Removal”, a realistically detailed monster ferociously leaping out of the wall—all of these artful curiosities are on display and for sale at the Sideshow Gallery. The shop is the witchy art gallery sibling to Revolution Tattoo next door, owned and operated by husband and wife team Cheri Basak and Omar Gutierrez. While expert artist Omar produces some of the most exquisite ink in town, Cheri Basak cultivates a richly colored, occult-inspired environment with her mystical interior design skills. Her shop features some of the most affordable and beautiful taxidermy in the city and host shows that featuring local artists, art classes and tarot readings. If you’re waiting to get inked at Revolution Tattoo next door, why not browse here for an hour or three? There is always a spectacular find waiting to fulfill your morbid curiosity. — Erika Kubick
Sideshow Gallery is located at 2219 N. Western Ave.

Smart Museum of Art
If you want to find a place that has stunning pieces of art from all across history and all over the world, but without the price tag that typically goes along with such things, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is just what you need. Admission is free and the size is just right. Whether you want to spend only an hour or the better part of an afternoon, the exhibits can be perused quickly or pondered for much longer. Because it’s a small museum on campus you often get the chance to be alone with the artwork and engage in a way you may not get the chance to in a bigger museum. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the museum draws on a gigantic and mind-blowing collection of works from the likes of Degas and Matisse, as well as more contemporary artists. The museum often collaborates with professors to create unique and educational experiences to be enjoyed by all. — Sophie Day
Smart Museum of Art is located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery
If you are visiting the Pilsen neighborhood to go to a restaurant or concert, or you moved here and you want to know the history, this gallery is a great field trip. Many of the exhibitions focus on the neighborhood’s history and the gallery owners are themselves longtime residents and wellsprings of history.— Melissa McEwen
Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1538 W Cullerton St.

Hyde Park Art Center
From its humble beginnings in a former saloon in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center has maintained a hippy, trippy vibe that still runs deep and strong as it celebrates its diamond anniversary in 2014. The center’s mission, then and now, remains the same—that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the visual arts. Hyde Park Art Center was most notably the incubator for the artist collectives The Monster Roster, The Hairy Who, and The Chicago Imagists, and current exhibits include The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle, an exploration where artists explore the spaces, in-betweens and other conditions of the middle, both abstract and definite. —Chuck Sudo
Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Paul Germanos

Paul Germanos
Opening Friday October 24th from 6-10pm
October 24 - November 22, 2014

Documenting the art world might be likened to searching for ghosts in a haunted house. Galleries and museums of art are sometimes very intimidating places to enter. And when understood as a succession of interrelated social events, the art world itself can be said to manifest only briefly in any given place. In spite of that ephemeral nature, the art world is regularly anthropomorphized and (rightly) called such things as capricious--even malevolent. Its unseen ears hear what is said; its unseen eyes see what is done. Slights are long remembered. And as gossip travels, tales of treachery are embellished. Warnings are passed to the young: Avoid that person! Avoid that place!

In the spirit of the season, Antena will house a photographic installation derived from a decade-long effort to record Chicago's contemporary artists and exhibitions.

The grandson of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and New York City to Chicago, Paul Germanos was born November 30, 1967, in Cook County, Illinois. Among other institutions of higher learning, Germanos attended Harold Washington College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduate study of the history of political philosophy with students of Leo Strauss, Germanos drove a taxi at night, in Chicago, for two years. Germanos regularly practices writing and photography, and he cares for his mother.  http://chicagoartworld.blogspot.com/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/73059802@N00

1755 S. Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60608See map: Google Maps

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 12, 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.


1755 S Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60608