Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Antena@NEXT Art Fair

Antena participates in this year's NEXT Art Fair as part of GOFFO:

NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art
April 30 - May 3, 2010

2010 Show Hours
Friday, April 30: 11am - 7pm
Saturday, May 1: 11am - 7pm
Sunday, May 2: 11am - 6pm
Monday, May 3: 11am - 4pm

Next art fair will take place on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart, located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654. Click here for directions and a map.

Goffo, a special section at NEXT, focusing on multiples, editions, artist books, prints and handmade objects, will host an exceptional curated selection of presses, artist collectives and small galleries. The 2010 edition of Goffo is curated with Swimming Pool Project Space.

ABOUT NEXT: More than an art fair, NEXT is a showcase for the world’s talents and an adventure in cutting-edge culture. An opportunity to redefine the relationship between art and its public, NEXT is a portal to seeing contemporary art in new, innovative, eye-opening ways. NEXT will include works from both commercial and non-commercial arts organizations--galleries, project spaces, art publications and key private contemporary collections from around the world.


Featuring new works by:
Saul Aguirre
Yong Choi
Miguel Cortez
James Jankowiak

About the Artists:
Saul Aguirre was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1974, he is a Chicago based artist. The themes of his work are personal and social criticism; some are almost magical realism dream like. He began his career at age 15, exhibiting at a National Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry. He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Past exhibitions include Escuela Superior de Formación Artística, ANCASH-Huaraz, Perú, West Chicago Museum, Imce General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago,Embassy of Argentina, Washington, DC, American States Organization, and Washington, DC Future shows in 2010 include an exhibit at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas and at VanBrabson Gallery in Minnesota.

Yong Choi is a Korean artist and sculptor currently residing in Chicago. He was born in Jinju, Korea, and joined Korean Army in 2002. He was a sergeant when he was discharged from the service. He moved to NewYork in 2005 because of baseball. And he accidently went to art school and moved to Chicago because of baseball. He got a BFA degree from  School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He is just seeking each day’s happiness, and want to express his feeling, and celebrate and remember some specific moments. Making art is the best way to express himself, and continue growing through the process.

Miguel Cortez is an artist living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Future shows in 2010 include an exhibit at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas and at VanBrabson Gallery in Minnesota. Past exhibitions included shows in Champaign, IL at the Krannert Museum and at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, as well as, in Bridge Art Fair in Miami. Other shows included exhibits in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, “Lo Romantico” at Glass Curtain Gallery and “Lies that Bill Gates told me: Exploring the Digital Divide” at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia.

James was born and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Although his early forays in the Chicago graffiti scene proved to be influential upon several generations of spray can artists, he always took risks with his art and continues to evolve as a painter and installation artist. His work has been exhibited at several notable institutions such as the MCA, Northwestern University and the SAIC’s Roger Brown Gallery. Plus he just had a solo show at De Zwarte Ruyter in the Netherlands. This summer he will be doing an installation at CoSphere and in October will have a solo show at The Architrouve.

About Antena:
"Antena" is a new 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 but in this case it is meant to define it as a cultural space that transmits/broadcasts symbolically art ideas, new media and installation projects on a local and global scale.