Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Antena @ The MDW Fair

The MDW Fair: visual arts landing in Chicago

CHICAGO: threewalls, Roots and Culture and Public Media Institute announce The MDW Fair, a gathering of alternative art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. Held April 22-23, 2011 at The Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron Street, The MDW Fair will demonstrate the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region.

The fair features for-profit, 501(c)3, and commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects and publishers and media groups in over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 10,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists. The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region's most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. Participants include: threewalls, Roots and Culture, Reuben Kincaid, ebersmoore, OxBow, Heaven Gallery, Antenna, Roxaboxen, Regional Relationships, The Suburban, ACRE, Iceberg Projects, The Post Family, Western Exhibitons, 65GRAND and more.

The MDW Fair

Saturday and Sunday April 23-24, 2011

3636 S. Iron Street
Chicago, IL 60609



Saul Aguirre is a Chicago Based artist born in Mexico City. He has been considered a standout at NEXT 2010 Chicago by PEDRO V√ČLEZ who is an artist and critic living in Chicago. Saul used real manacles, to remind people of the reality of being picked up by the police during a live spectacle, and captivated people with his small drawings. Saul has been exhibiting Nationally and Internationally, in several Museums and Galleries since 1990. http://www.saulaguirre.com

Sebastian Alvarez
, born in Lima, Peru, is an interdisciplinary performance artist, who is interested in transforming his personal vision into social responsibility with new cultural imperatives that include a renewed sense of community, an ecological reintegration, and greater access to the mythic and archetypal bases of bio-restoration. http://sebastianalvarez.info/

Arielle Bielak is an integrative minded collaborationist living and working in Chicago; circa 2005. By day, she works as a program coordinator, teaching artist, writer and curator at the esteemed and astounding Marwen. By night she concocts real live performance art and other Objects. She makes art chiefly to be in direct and ecstatic participation with the joy and wonder of living and understanding life. Photography has been a dominant force in Arielle's life, beginning about 13 years after she was born-at-home in Damascus, Maryland. This medium followed her through her studies at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies (Redlands, CA). Photography took center stage in her studies in Florence, Italy, and then on through a career as a mental health advocate and organizer on tour with Warped, Take Action, and Plea for Peace. She was doggedly photographing as an employee of the Big Apple Circus (NYC-Based) in 2004. In May of 2005, she and her one suitcase and her Nikon D70 arrived in Chicago. Currently, Arielle is organizing her first apartment-style exhibition set to open in the magnificent Pilsen on Tuesday, June 7, with an promising group exhibition entitled Mothers. You are invited. http://www.ariellebielak.com/

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 included exhibits in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery and at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia. Upcoming shows include a two person show with Saul Aguirre at Carlos & Dominguez Art Gallery. http://miguelcortez.wordpress.com/

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