Thursday, November 24, 2011

Antena @ Verge Art Miami


1671 Washington Avenue @ 17th Street
December 1-4, 2011

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 2 - 3 December, Noon to 10 pm

Sunday, 4 December, Noon to 6 pm


Thursday, 1 December, 2011, 6:00 pm to 10pm

Artists showing in the Antena room: Saul Aguirre and Miguel Cortez

Coming Thursday, December 1, Verge Art Miami Beach invites you to experience the finest, freshest work on display in Miami Beach by living artists. Unstunted by the blue-chip rehash of a stale market, VERGE breaks away from the false quality of name recognition art to reach for something new and cutting edge. Verge Art Miami Beach is proud to host a list of exhibitors that includes international and national gallery exhibitors, and more than fifty artists for "The Drawing Show" and "Tomorrow Stars." Chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors, "Tomorrow Stars" represents the brightest and best by artists from around the globe, as selected by Meg Duguid, Clutch Gallery Director and Cultural Grants Coordinator for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Michael Thomas, Dogmatic Gallery co-founder and sitting member of the Visual Arts Committee for the Chicago Cultural Center, Patrick Collier, artist and critic for and, and VERGE owner Michael Workman. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own the work of tomorrow's stars today!


ANTIDOTE, Brooklyn, NY, and Chicago, IL, Astro Space Party, Chicago, IL, Visual Cocaine, Berlin, Germany, Friend Party Enterprises, Berlin, Germany, Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL, Van Brabson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT, Byrne Art Portfolio, Merion Station, PA, McGowan Projects, London, UK, Peters Art Projects, Chicago, IL, PURE LUCK, Brooklyn, NY, Vortex Enters Void, The Muldives, Dhivehi, Klaus Gerdes Projects, New York, NY.


Chizuco Sophia Yw, "Propogate-G," Brooklyn, NY, Emi Brady, "Convergence," Brooklyn, NY, Fanny Allié, "My Town is Gone," Brooklyn, NY, Jay Paavonpera, "Front St. / Gold St.," Brooklyn, NY, Eve Lateiner, "Untitled," New York, NY, George Goodridge, "Number Twenty, Vertebrate Companion Series," Miami FL, Adrienne Outlaw, "How to Mistake Your ____ For a ____," Nashville, TN, Michael Iauch, "Giving of Myself," Brevard, NC, Jordi Williams, "Artificial Plantlet Array," Richmond, VA, Josafat Miranda, "Lover," Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Cindy Mason, "I will give you what you do(n't) want," St. Petersburg, FL, Alice Raymond, "Mise plat 5," Biscayne Park, FL, Jovan Karlo Vilalba, "A Dawn Perched on Downbursts," Miami, FL, Mare Vaccaro, "Valor," Lexington, KY, Horst Josch, "Against the Odds #4," Meerbusch, Germany, Francesco Vizzini, "On the Trunk," Brooklyn, NY, Marita Contreras, "Death2," St. Pete Beach, FL, Michael Harris, "Seven Island Way," Weston, FL, Romy Maloon, "Birthing," Marietta, GA, Melissa Maddonni Haims, "Hell," Philadelphia, PA.


Monica Rezman, "Hairpiece 30," Chicago, IL, Jordan West, "My Desires Are Not Easily Controlled," Santa Fe, NM, Danielle Wyckoff, "Horizon (we are each others' fates)," Athens, OH, Catherine Lane, "Figure With Guns," and "Figure With Deer," Toronto, Ontario, Canada, PST, "Rape Dream", Chicago, IL, Stefan Haase, "p016," Berlin, Germany, Alice Raymond, "Cloche," Biscayne Park, FL, Charmaine Ortiz, "Graphite Spill (Aquatic)," Carolina Beach, NC, Erin Whitman, "Projections: Gojira," Eureka, CA.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Art Sale for Antena @ VERGE ART FAIR

Art Sale for Antena @ VERGE ART FAIR

Friday November 18 from 6pm-10pm

Antena will participate in this December's Verge Art Fair in Miami and we are having an art sale to raise funds to pay for necessary expenses. We will have affordable art by Miguel Cortez, Saul Aguirre and others.

For more info on Verge Art Fair:


1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New City Review: El Stitch y Bitch/Antena Gallery

This exhibition of work from the group El Stitch y Bitch reminded me of the essentially “relational” aims of feminist work of the 1970s and eighties, specifically Judy Chicago’s Birth Project, a series of embroidered depictions of birth stitched by women, non-artists, from all over the country. While the work on display at Antena in Pilsen looks good, the process out of which the work arises—groups of women stitching, sharing stories, discovering common traditions and discussing the impact on their lives created by the issues of the day—is key.

The meetings of the group El Stitch y Bitch and the relationships among women which develop out of a shared interest in textiles is a crucial but not necessarily visible component of the aesthetic project. Some of the work on display was accompanied by stories: A toilet-tissue cover in the shape of a large lacy crocheted skirt with a doll on top revealed memories of visits to a widowed Abuelo whose rural neighbors probably gave him the decorative crocheted item, or at least that was what Naomi Martinez who reproduced it, speculates about its feminine presence in a man’s house. Adriana Baltazar crocheted a soft sculptural installation of weeds common to city sidewalks along with a street sign (18th Street), commenting that the beautiful, ubiquitous chicory, dandelion and thistle are like local immigrants to Chicago, non-indigenous. Claudia Marchan, whose project was the most technically polished in keeping with its retro spirit, embroidered a garland of roses around a sentimental poem and the portrait of a Mexican movie star from the forties, Pedro Infante. Not all of the work tied the women to their Abuelos and Abuelas: a door crocheted out of “plarn,” plastic bags recycled into crochet materials, with text and photographs worked into the piece, offered a contemporary green and funky take on the theme of home, an old feminist standby. One of the strongest aspects of this small exhibit, aside from color and texture, and the multiple threads informing it (Latino identity, DIY, feminist process) is the display of a diverse group of objects which have been stitched, ranging from soft sculptures, objects which have the attributes of paintings, a coverlet made out of scraps (the only functional object in the gallery) to finely embroidered portraits. (Janina Ciezadlo)

At Antena, 1765 South Laflin, (773)340-3516, through October 22

Monday, October 17, 2011

Antena @ MDW

MDW Fall Showcase
October 21st- 23rd
 at The Geolofts 3636 S Iron St.

Vernissage: Friday October 21, 8-11pm
Saturday Noon to 6pm
Sunday Noon to 6pm

$5 admission

Artists representing Antena: Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago based artist. In 1995 Edra received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris for one year. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been feature in New American Paintings and her show at Ebersmoore was selected Best Solo Exhibitions of 2010 NewCity Art of Chicago. Soto has lecture at El Museo de Puerto Rico, Harold Washington College and The Art Institute of Chicago among others. She is a member of the collective ED JR. with Deborah Boardman, Jeroen Nelemans and Ryan Richey. She is also the founder a fashion blog dedicated to artists with a flair for fashion called ModaMasters  at

Locally she has exhibited at Roots and Culture, , Longman and Eagle with Harold Arts, Ebersmoore, curatorial work for Dock 6 Design & Art Series and the UBS 12 x 12 at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago among others. This summer, Edra completed a two-week residency at Ragdales newly renovated Meadow, granted by the 3Arts Foundation. Also this summer, she lectured at Beta-Local, an international contemporary space located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Current presentations include: CoLaboratory with ED JR. and (f)utility curated by Annie Moorse at The Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Core Values at North Branch Projects and  New Ways: An Exhibition of Ragdale Fellowship Artists both  curated by Regin Igloria. Upcoming presentations include:  Archival Impulse at UICGallery 400,  LIVING By Example with husband Dan Sullivan, the inaugural exhibition of The Frankin projects space at NEIUFine Arts Center Gallery and Afterimage satellite exhibition at the Roger Brown Study Collection curated by Dahlia Tulet and Thea Liberty Nichols.

Dan Sullivan was born and raised in Maine, studying in Minnesota before moving to Chicago in 1997. After years working in both the trades and the arts, Dan used his experience to found Two Lights Contracting, specializing in residential and commercial rehabs, and Navillus WoodWorks, a custom furniture and millwork business. Clients include the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Drag City Records, Renegade Handmade,  and the Illinois Holocaust Museum. 

Navillus Woodworks is a member of the Dock 6 Collective, showing in the bi-annual Design & Art Series as well as with the Object Society and in The Design Harvest Art Fair.  Dan has worked closely with Kujawa Architecture to develop a modular shelving system. With his wife, conceptual artist Edra Soto, Dan has collaborated on sculptural pieces that have been exhibited widely in venues including Ebersmoore Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. This last year Dan has been developing the Franklin Series, a furniture line for Navillus WoodWorks, and is in the process of securing two design patents. Dan is also an active musician, playing in the bands Rabid Rabbit and Arriver. Both bands are due to release new records on the Bloodlust! Label.

Chicago: on October 21st- 23rd, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand in Glove Conference and will highlight innovative curatorial and administrative practices happening in independent arts initiatives. The Fall Showcase will focus on the practices of individual artists, offering the opportunity for each artist to mount an ambitious project. The Fall Showcase, like the previous MDW Fair, will also feature an independent arts publisher’s forum.

Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls. The MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. The initial fair, which took place April 23 & 24th of 2011, drew large crowds and press from ArtSlant, The Chicago Tribune, Bad at Sports and more as Chicagoans gathered for a special focus on the visual arts in their county.

In conjunction with The MDW Fair, threewalls & Alliance for Independent Arts Organizers will be hosting The Hand in Glove Conference on the first floor of the Geolofts. The Hand in Glove Conference is a new semiannual conference for independent visual arts facilitators working at the crossroads of creative administration and studio practice. This conference is open to people engaged in the pragmatic realities and imaginative possibilities of organizing exhibitions, re-granting programs, publications, residencies, public programs, platforms for projects, and a variety of other programming that challenges traditional formats for the production and reception of art at the grass-roots level.  The Conference takes place October 20-23rd and is open to registered participants only. Visit threewalls for more information.

Participants include:
2612 Space
Alderman Exhibitions
Bad at Sports
Chicago Artists Coalition
BOLT Residency
Chicago Urban Arts
Devening Projects + Editions
Drawn Lots
Green Gallery
Happy Collaborationists
Harold Arts
High Concept Lab
The Hills
Hinge Gallery
Iceberg Projects
Trevor Martin
Abr Gallery
North Branch Projects
Old Seoul
Packer Schopf Gallery
Peanut Gallery
Reuben Kincaid
Roots & Culture
Sixty Inches From Center
Small Space
Spudnik Press
Uncle Freddy’s Treats
Linda Warren
Western Exhibitions
What It Is
Propeller Fund grantees 2010
Publishers and other organizations:
Alternative Press Center
AREA Magazine
Golden Age
Green Lantern Press
Klein Art works
Make Magazine
Neoteric Art
Proximity, Lumpen, Materiél
Soberscove Press

MDW Fall Showcase
The Geolofts
3636 S Iron St.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Renovation Creep/Antena Gallery

Copyright 2011 Paul E. Germanos

The uncanny potential of domestic objects is key to the art-world appeal of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sitcomesque horror classic “Poltergeist.” Twenty years later, Paul Pfeiffer’s series of sculptures by that name recreated the tower of chairs stacked on the kitchen table by Spielberg’s ghost. In “Renovation Creep,” Antena gallery’s current show, Daniel Bruttig, Joseph Cassan and Erin Thurlow remake the gallery as a dysfunctional domestic environment of desiccated ephemera (perhaps a foreclosed hoarder home) similarly inhabited by ambient menace. Echoing the Reagan-era TV through whose static the ghosts communicate in the film, a hulking monitor encased in veneer and sitting on a mat of lush pile plays Bruttig’s “Carpet Master,” a video featuring black-and-white carpet textures. One delicately painted stain on the wall evokes an absent staircase, and another suggests recently removed tile. Atop sits Bruttig’s “Glass Stack,” a precarious nonsensical tower of jars, dripping rainbow hues like a psychedelic candle and topped by a casserole dish and a marble. Jagged shards of glass protrude upwards from various sculptures, some painted as trompe-l’oeil mirrors. One such piece sits on a set of shelves adorned with a jumble of colorful ceramic agglomerations and scary assemblages, like embellished models of predatory animals and green fangs glued to a decaying shingle glued to a mirror. On the floor below is a single spray-painted fuzzy slipper, standing en pointe. Nearby sits Cassan’s “Untitled (Box),” a white cube around which snake numerous white cords, one fused into the wall. And in Thurlow’s photo series titled “Poltergeist,” power cords and power strips are plugged into themselves, and a Post-It note on a refrigerator reads “Gone to the other side”… backwards. Vladimir Nabokov’s “Terra Incognita” isn’t a ghost story, but, as in “Renovation Creep,” the evil feels internal, arising from memories of dread and repulsion rather than a fear of invasion. As Nabokov’s protagonist succumbs to illness, the jungle in which he is expiring dissolves, and he starts to see fevered glimpses of a European bedroom—or, as he puts it, “the furnished rooms of nonexistence.” (Bert Stabler)

Through September 3 at Antena, 1765 South Laflin

Stitch and Bitch

Stitch and Bitch

Opening Friday September 23rd from 6pm-10pm
September 23- October 22, 2011

Tejer y Joder
El Stitch y Bitch (SyB) was founded in 2008 as a space for knitters, crocheters and crafters in the Pilsen, Bridgeport and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago. Currently the group is consists of over 20 members, ages 18 and up. Over the years, the group has evolved into a collaborative art group interested in addressing handmade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture. As DIY culture moves into a contemporary state, many members of the group have found themselves astonished and curious by the inheritance of the handmade skill or the need to carry on the tradition in an adapted manner. Tejer y Joder is a compilation of individual SyB members and independent fiber artists, all interested in the themes of gender, identity, tradition and memory.

Adriana Baltazar
Krissy Bodge
Julia Chau
Esmeraldo Garcia
Irasema Gonzalez
Erika Hernandez
Claudia Marchan
Naomi Martinez
Jackie Orozco
Jessica Phillips
Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa
Thelma Uranga

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Article in ArtSlant

by Joel Kuennen

Joe Cassan, Dan Bruttig and Erin Thurlow
1765 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60608
August 5, 2011 - September 3, 2011

Antena (the Spanish spelling of “antenna”) is a project space run by Miguel Cortez of the now-defunct Polvo collective and magazine. Located in Pilsen, Antena has a history of presenting new and interesting work that has given it a reputation of excellent curation representative of young artists and emerging work at the intersection of genres most important to the contemporary moment. Mr. Cortez points to his laissez-faire approach to curating as the key to keeping artists and patrons interested in Antena. “I allow artists to alter the space for their experimentation. Artists can paint the walls, put up bathroom tile (like the current show “Renovation Creep”) and even build walls. For a show about two years ago this artist wanted more wall space for his paintings so he had an L-shaped wall built. At the end of the show I left it in place for future artists to use.”

Antena is itself an apartment gallery following in the long tradition that has defined Chicago’s art scene for years. Both because of the prevalence of two large art school institutions that bring in a rotating cast of artists and curators, the apartment gallery is kept as a transient phenomenon. Cortez takes advantage of this through allowing the space to reflect each show. The apartment renews with each exhibition.

 Installation view of "Renovation Creep" at Antena. Image courtesy of Antena

Much of the contemporary art scene in Chicago is a cloud of alternative gallery spaces that come into existence for a year or two and then disappear. Some transition into more permanent institutions, others are lost to time and the revolving door of the city. Sometimes, as is the case with Miguel Cortez, the closing of one space, Polvo, leads to the opening of another, Antena.

Cortez says of the consecutive galleries; “Both were very similar and it was just a natural transition. Polvo was run by a collective. Once the collective disbanded then I decided to continue using my apartment to showcase art under a different name.” The mission didn’t change however. What has changed is the frequency of shows as well as their make-up. “With Antena there are fewer shows a year and most are one person shows (with the exception of the current show). Antena runs six-to-eight shows a year as opposed to twelve shows a year and more group shows during the Polvo years.”

“Renovation Creep,” is on view (by appointment) until September 3rd and will be followed by an exhibition by a local group of female crafters called El Stitch y Bitch, following Antena’s mission “as a cultural space that transmits/broadcasts symbolically art ideas, new media and installation projects on a local and global scale.”

-Joel Kuennen, ArtSlant Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Renovation Creep: Joe Cassan, Dan Bruttig and Erin Thurlow

Renovation Creep: Joe Cassan, Dan Bruttig and Erin Thurlow

Opening Friday August 5th from 6pm-10pm
August 5- September 3, 2011

Three artists, Daniel Bruttig, Joe Cassan and Erin Thurlow will be sculpting, painting and directly intervening in the space of Antena gallery for their show, Renovation Creep. Simultaneously material and ephemeral, the work here resembles the haunted, transitory nature of urban apartment dwelling.

Renovation Creeps
History: We are, many of us, temporary occupants of someone else's property. For most people who live in cities, in fact, it represents the reality of the American Way of Life far better than the well-branded American Dream of home (house) ownership. It will most likely be an apartment, a collection of rooms 'distinguished' by a patchwork of occupant-renovations, handyman quick-fixes, cheap fixtures and bad paint jobs. The typical rental is a way-station for young up-and-comers, or a mortgage-free house for the lifelong renters. From the Victorian-era railroad, to the condo-style mod flat, each is home to a succession of denizens who leave behind a particular residential stain.

Palimpsest: A raw spot remains on a surface when a thing fixed there for a long time previously, is removed. It is anti-residue; clean space on an aged plane that has evaded the ruin of time. Move a picture frame that has hung for years on the too-long-unrepainted wall, and you will expose a lighter, brighter rectangle. This sort of mark shows along a floor after walls have been torn out, fixtures have been removed, and carpets pulled back. The minor spirits that remain, remind us that the apartment has had a history prior to our brief residence. Conversely, there is an organic quality to the gradual accumulation of paint, wall paper, and hole-filler that covers the walls, obscuring the details left from a more meticulous era. It is like a moss on the forest floor, covering the duff in a soft, uniform carpet.

Patina: The cabinets, some sort of revival in nineteenth century, frontier design, now just look anachronistic; plywood and melamine surfaces tarted up with Gothic drawer pulls and moulding. Worse, the details, narrow clefts and dimples, are caked and filled with a residue of dust (90% dead human skin), cooking grease and tobacco resin. Who knows how many Marlboros, fondue parties, cut fingers and splatted Yoplait Yogurts it took to create such a
(Also note: The jerry rigged wiring and fixtures that follow a succession of handymen, do-it-yourselfers and building supervisors resembles the growth of benign tumors.)

Labyrinth: Pull back the carpet or linoleum, scrape the wallpaper, remove a cabinet hung during a cheap renovation. What do you see? Another, older pattern of wallpaper? Pristine hardwood flooring, or urine-soaked, rotting press-board. Rip open a wall and you find a door behind it. Rather than unpainted drywall, the hole in the wall reveals another wall, floral wall paper graffitid with a handwritten grocery list. 'Your' flat is a labyrinth of histories, wandered by the ghosts of those who became lost there.

-Erin Thurlow

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

Monday, July 18, 2011

Closing Reception: PLUGGED OUT: New works by Salvador Jiménez Flores

PLUGGED OUT: New works by Salvador Jiménez Flores

Closing Reception Friday July 22nd from 6pm-10pm

This experimental mixed-media installation highlights the reliance of modern humanity on technological innovations. In this digital age, we have become wholly dependent on devices that can be plugged in. Our jobs, our social lives and even our food production—all aspects of our existence rely on technology.

We are so intertwined with our iPhones and Androids it is as though we are becoming like them. This hardwiring of our hearts and minds will surely rob us of our humanity.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Is this thing on?: The art of comedy"

"Is this thing on?: The art of comedy"
Guest Curator: Miguel Cortez from Antena

Opening Friday August 12 from 6pm-10pm
August 12-28, 2011

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
- Lenny Bruce

Contemporary art is too serious sometimes. This show will focus on the lightheartedness and humor in art. Most of us are part of the system and work 40+ hours a week and by the weekend we just want to unwind and be entertained. Then this show is just for you. These artists use irony, goofiness, satire, and sarcasm in their work. 

Andy Detskas
Ben Pederson
Catie Olson
Chris Silva
Darrell Luce
David Leggett
Lauren Feece
Meg Duguid
Nick Black
Nicole Marroquin
Paul Shortt
Rick Huggett
Sarah Perez

Born June 3rd, 1975, Andy Detskas grew up hopping around the Midwest, deep South and East coast. Like many artists, Andy began to work at a young age exploring drawing, painting and sculpture. Since graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000 Andy's work has varied as much as the places he grew up; exploring themes of human scale, urban ruin, defacement, landscape, ghosts, robots and typography. Andy's current body of work is focused on using discarded motel landscape paintings as a canvas for hand-drawn typography and strange comedic characters.

Ben Pederson was born in 1979 in Grand Rapids Michigan and received his B.A. in Studio art from Aquinas College in 2003. He went on to obtain his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, which he received in 2007. After graduate school, Ben moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he worked as an art handler and continued to make and show work. Now residing in Madison, WI, he has shown in Chicago and throughout the midwest as well as staying involved with shows and screenings on the east coast.

Catie Olson is multi-disciplinary artist born in Decatur, Illinois, the pleasant home of two chicken cars. She received her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 in Agriculture, ventured to Chicago and received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute in 2000. Catie organizes SpiderBug, a mobile short film festival, along with her husband, EC Brown. The pair also run Floor Length and Tux, an apartment art space. Catie has an animation that will be shown in the International Pancake Film Festival in Boston upcoming in July. She has shown work in Chicago including Heaven, Swimming Pool, antena and minidutch galleries.,,

Christopher Tavares Silva is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been cold rockin' shit since his little monkey feet touched down on Planet Earth. Having recently returned to Chicago from a 4 year vision quest in the jungles of Puerto Rico, Chris is splitting his energy between creating collaborative and heart-warming works of art and music with his expansive band of misfit slackers - and charging ever onward with his tireless passion for data entry. Chris's work has been exhibited and published in places that would make you shit your pants, and since most of us prefer to shit our pants in the privacy of our own homes (I know - there's nothing greater) the details will be spared. It's simple - buy one of these reasonably priced pieces of supreme quality visual funk...or live a life full of regret. Pussy.

Darrell Luce, b. circa 1963, probably in San Francisco. Luce is the wild man of the workshop, which he joined in 1996, at the request of Alma de la Serra. He either refuses to discuss his past or concocts sly stories that in retrospect cannot possibly be true. A realist in more ways than one, Luce paints in an expressionistic style that borrows freely from old masters, publicity stills, and cartooning. His sarcastically entitled 'Life of Ignotus' series documents his skepticism with regard to Ignotus's ideas--which Ignotus fully shares. His series of paintings of de la Serra apparently documents his relationship with her, though no one has yet figured out exactly what that relationship is, since Luce never gives a straight answer and de la Serra limits herself to saying "you either trust Darrell completely or not at all."

David Leggett was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1980. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design (2003), and a Masters of Fine Arts form the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). He also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). His work is influenced by relationships, both personal and cultural. Popular culture and imagery are often used in his work. He has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally. He received the visual artist award from 3Arts in 2009.

Lauren Feece
I have always loved making things and I have spent most of my life happily tucked away in my beloved studio. It helped to make me a bit unprepared for real life but completely comfortable with life in my sketchbooks and paintings. In my youth I struck out for success in the city of Chicago. Waitressing and pursuing a career as a working artist kept me very busy. One night on my way to an art opening with friends I met a very interesting musical and visual artist named Chris Silva. I like to think in hindsight that at that moment I knew I was meeting my future husband, but even if it wasn't entirely clear back then I knew instantly I was meeting someone very special. We were hardly apart and soon we had combined our lives, our living and studio spaces. We made our first attempts at collaborative work. Life was beautiful and full of art making.

For years we put art making first and "real jobs" second. Living simply and working hard we happily enjoyed life as full time artists. Over time, our energies focused on making and selling art work for years, began to run down. We wanted to recharge so in 2006 we moved on to a new opportunity. The Silva Family property in Moca, Puerto Rico was without a caretaker and we left The Windy City to take on that job.

From December 2006 to September 2010 we learned more than we had planned on. We encountered many trials as the abandoned house became a home. We got to be more green as the well was dug and the solar were panels installed. We learned how hard it is to grow a garden in the tropics. We learned to listen to the birds, bugs, and frogs, and to see the stars again. This was a life with many new challenges, but through it we got back to art making with a recharged and refreshed perspective.

In the fall of 2010 we returned to our sweet home in Chicago. Continuing to make a life full of love, we are wiser from our travels, and more committed than ever to our human responsibility to the earth, the animals, and especially to one another.

I continue to be motivated by the challenge of being present in the moment. The paintings and drawings I make are thoughts about the nature of things, musings on the everyday, and studies of the layers of meaning just under the surface. In my work I continue to be inspired by the connection of the artistic process to ritual, myth, and meditation. My work is a dance of brushstroke, line, swirls, drips, explosions and movements of paint. As I dance, I remember life, birds, clouds, color, flowers, trees, light, lace, pattern, people, blooms, webs, waves, vines, twilight, leaves, sunrise and sunsets...

Meg Duguid was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in from Bard College. She has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, and 667 Shotwell in San Francsiso. Duguid has screened work at Synthetic Zero in New York, Spiderbug in Chicago, and at the Last Supper Festival in Brooklyn. Duguid lives and works in Chicago, IL where she runs Clutch Gallery, a 25 square-inch white cube located in the heart of her purse.,

Nick Black was born in Chicago in 1958. He has attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Uncle Freddy's Gallery, Highland, IN, and Joymore, Buddy Space, and Klein Art Works, all in Chicago. Nick has had key works at Art Chicago, the Stray Show, Version Fest, and the New Chicagoans.

Nicole Marroquin is an interdisciplinary artist whose creative practice includes collaboration, studio art, research, teaching, and strategic intervention.  As a classroom art teacher in Chicago and Detroit, Marroquin taught and collaborated with youth on art-based action research projects.   She makes art, exhibits and writes about participatory cultural production with youth and in communities.  Marroquin recieved her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is now living in Pilsen in Chicago.  She is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rick Huggett
Raised in shrimpy Chagrin Falls, Ohio, the starting place for plenty of jokers including; Tim Conway and Tom Watterson (Calvin & Hobbs), I graduated from high school there and then attended Kent State University for a degree in Graphic Design.  Four weeks before graduating I took a job in advertising and never completed my degree.  I worked in advertising for two years before it dawned on me that I was both starving and penniless.  Moved to Canton, Ohio after taking a job selling material handling systems to the steel and aluminum industries and did the 50-60 hour work week grind for the next 20+ years.  During that time I acquired a wife, a house, 3 children, a dog, and a business degree from Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Now retired from sales I am currently pursuing a B.A. in Arts at Malone University with an emphasis in painting.  In other words, I am a 52-year old undergraduate who will graduate in December of 2011, so long as I pay off all of my parking fines.

Paul Shortt (b. 1981) received his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009. He has been in numerous group shows in Chicago, Nebraska, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. From 2009-2010, he directed a monthly, year-long series of performance art at the Fishtank Performance Studio in Kansas City, Missouri, called The Paul Shortt Invitational Performances. He has participated in the Charlotte Street Foundation residency program in Kansas City, and spoken about his work at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Shortt currently is pursing his MFA in New Media at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and expects to graduate in 2013.

Sarah Perez
Born in the suburbs of Chicago, I lived for most of my childhood in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment with my mother, father and younger sister.  My entire family relies on love and humor to get through tough times, which has been a continued inspiration.  I feel this evident in my work, in addition to the combination of real and surreal that creates a delicate balance in our day-to-day lives.
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.

Cobalt Studio is an artist run space. Studio artists, Adriana Baltazar and Antonio Martinez work separately and collaborate on occasion to produce thoughtful public art that is meaningful for it's communities. As a project/exhibition space, Cobalt's key purpose is to provide exceptional artists, established and emerging, with an opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery-like atmosphere minus the commercial pressures and b.s.

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011


*THE TRANS FORMIDABLE* is a collaborative project that aims to establish links and intersecting connections with international art spaces, through the structure of an exhibition.

Saturday, July 23 at 7:00pm - August 14 at 7:00pm
The Workhouse Test and Bridge Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny

A number of artist-led initiatives have been invited to present lens-based work by associated artists. These works will be installed by The Workhouse Test in Callan for the duration of the project.

Participating spaces include;

// Antena Pilsen (US) //

// 98Weeks (LBN) //

// Vox Populi (US) //

// New Jerseyy (CH) //

// Y3K (AUS) //

// The Flux Space (US) //

// The Future Gallery (DE) //

The show seeks to open a dialog about curatorial roles and representation, self-organisation, location and the significance of technology in sharing and disseminating contemporary art.

A number of events and discussions will run in tandem with the show, which itself runs alongside The Abhainn Ri Festival, COMMONAGE, and The Kilkenny Arts Festival 2011.

For any inquiries please email

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PLUGGED OUT: New works by Salvador Jiménez Flores

 PLUGGED OUT: New works by Salvador Jiménez Flores

Opening Friday June 24th from 6pm-10pm
June 24- July 23, 2011

This experimental mixed-media installation highlights the reliance of modern humanity on technological innovations. In this digital age, we have become wholly dependent on devices that can be plugged in. Our jobs, our social lives and even our food production—all aspects of our existence rely on technology.

We are so intertwined with our iPhones and Androids it is as though we are becoming like them. This hardwiring of our hearts and minds will surely rob us of our humanity.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Is this thing on?: the art of comedy

I am curating this art exhibit. Feel free to submit work. /////MC

A call for artists:
"Is this thing on?: The art of comedy"
Art exhibit at Cobalt Art Studio in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, Opening in August 2011

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
- Lenny Bruce

Art is too serious sometimes. This show will focus on what makes us laugh. Most of us are part of the system and work 40 hours+ a week and by the weekend we just want to unwind and be entertained. Artists will create work for you that is both funny,  absurd and will make you think.

 Acceptable formats include: video, performance, installation, audio, painting, drawings, and objects. There is no fee. email submissions with video/audio links or jpeg attachments  to

Deadline: July 10, 2011

Cobalt Studio is an artist run space. Studio artists, Adriana Baltazar and Antonio Martinez work separately and collaborate on occasion to produce thoughtful public art that is meaningful for it's communities. As a project/exhibition space, Cobalt's key purpose is to provide exceptional artists, established and emerging, with an opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery-like atmosphere minus the commercial pressures and b.s.

Cobalt Studio

1950 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Friday, April 29, 2011

Daisy Chain: An Anarchic Performance Event

Daisy Chain: An Anarchic Performance Event
curated by Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook of Channel TWo

Opening Friday May 13 from 6pm-10pm
May 13- June 11, 2011

Adam Trowbridge makes work exploring the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. He invents incidents and simulations that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. His work was recently awarded a 2011 Turbulence commission and has been featured nationally and internationally including The Grey Market and Anthology Film Archives, NYC; Pleasure Dome, Toronto; Workspaces Ltd., San Francisco, CA; The Hyde Park Center, Chicago, IL; and festivals in France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Korea, and Russia. Trowbridge is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Contemporary Practices and Art and Technology Studies Departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jessica Westbrook’s projects explore desire, visual cues, cultural artifacts, systems, language, and contradictory sensations that vacillate between great fortune and impending catastrophe. Always semantic in nature and modular in form, she considers her productions a section of visual language culled from a complex matrix of assets, reconfigured and repurposed per space and time. She was recently awarded a 2011 Turbulence commission and has exhibited work nationally and internationally including recent and upcoming projects for: Chicago, InLight Richmond, Nature/Nurture Kinsey Institute, Carnegie Museum, and Experimental Media Series Hirshorn Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institute. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Technology Initiatives in The Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

DAISY CHAIN PROGRAM: Friday May 13, 2011

Susan Abelson, Deborah Boardman, Paola Cabal, Lisa Cline, Charles Mahaffee, Ryan Richey
title: La La La Death
time: duration

Put that paintbrush in the paint and spread it around like you're playing with your food. Lose all control like you're running in the nude.

J. Christian
title: Yelling Box
time: duration

Sheridan Cudworth
title: Two Girls, One Bowl
time: 8-8:30PM Central

Two Girls, One Bowl is a response to the infamous Two Girls, One Cup video that went viral in 2007. In continuation of my first live-feed performance, Exhibitionist: Scud6969, I will continue to investigate the relationship between the submissive and dominant aspects of sexual assertion amongst women, men, and its integration into media.

Sheridan Cudworth assembles her life and her artworks with a raw-refined enthusiasm that is not for the faint of heart. She works in performance, which is mediated by her career as a make-up artist. Cudworth's work incorporates these elements in a highly stylized edge that challenges the viewer's perspectives of femininity. Her most recent work branches out into social media, as she has begun to produce live-feed performances.

Tyrone Davies
title: tba
time: duration
Broadcast: tba

Tyrone Davies is a conceptual artist and a filmmaker. His work explores questions of mediated spectacle and mass culture either through the reuse, re-appropriation, and re-contextualization of recorded material and industrially produced objects, or by producing wholly new material that reconsiders established assumptions about cultural trends. Film, video, installation, collage, sculpture, performance, printmaking, and painting are all disciplines that Davies works within in order to disassemble, and then reconstruct themes, messages and trends that are found within both domestic and global cultures. Davies lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joseph DeLappe
title: Chatroulette: Discipline and Punish
time: duration

I propose to engage in a performative reading of Michel Foucault's classic text Discipline and Punish - The Birth of the Prison whilst connected to the online video/chat site, Chatroullete. My performance will involve a four hour "professorial" reading primarily from Part Three Discipline, section 3 Panopticisim. For this performance I will read from a comfortable chair, with a bookcase in the background. I will dress appropriately to the task, in dress slacks, black sport coat and tie. I will connect to Chatroullete and proceed to read. Over the past ten years I have performed within a variety of online contexts ranging from first person shooters, to massively multiplayer online role playing games to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Chatroullete is a logical venue for performance experiments as it exists, as "a tool to meet new people with webcam and mic". 

Chatroullete allows for a type of random access to a two way, voyeuristic experience, to view and be viewed. Everyone connected to Chatroulette is performing in some basic sense of the word. This type of random, real-time visual and auditory social media website is unique and will not only provide a interesting context in which to perform, but will allow for the extension of the notion of "audience" to equally function in the Daisy Chain context but also exist as a live interventionist act within the semi-public forum that is Chatroulette. I am interested in Foucalt's book Discipline and Punish specifically in relation to his focus on the creation of the panopticon as a concept. This seems wholly appropriate content to read into a context such as Chatroullete.

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad - including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2006 he began a  project dead-in-iraq , to type consecutively, all names of America's  military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America's Army first person shooter online recruiting game.  He also directs the project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and on The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. His works have been featured in the New York Times, The Australian Morning Herald, Artweek, Art in American and in the 2010 book from Routledge entitled Joystick Soldiers The Politics of Play in Military Video Game.

Christina Houle
title: 16 Conversations with Escape Bird
time: duration

In the performance I wear a soft sculpture costume, created entirely out of trash, recyclables and the pelts of stuffed animals, and speak using gestures and nonverbal sounds as the character, Escape Bird. Conversations are scheduled with friends, strangers and art world professionals at 15 minute intervals during which I will try to communicate my intentions, goals and desires as a performance artist, as the Escape Bird. 

Christina Sukhgian Houle attends Texas State University in pursuit of BFAs in Drawing and Photography, and has studied and performed comedic improvisation at The Second City in Chicago, Illinois. Her performances have been nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award, named by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Top Ten Dance Phenomena of 2010, and selected to be performed at the Southwest American College Dance Festival. Ms. Houle has toured with Salsation Theatre Company (IL), worked with Creative Time (NY) and in 2008 was a visiting artist at Spelman College (GA). Additionally, her films and art have been exhibited at Flatbed Studios, Pump Project Satellite Space, and the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, and her poems and essays published in multiple literary journals including the Sun Poetic Times and Quirk. Most recently her video, String Theory, received an Honorable Mention in the Spring FASA Show, and in July her installation and performance art will be exhibited in a solo show at Co-Lab. When not working on her artistic practice Ms Houle studies Hakomi and yoga, and works as an assistant to choreographer, Deborah Hay.

John Kilduff
title: Let's Paint TV
time: 6-7PM Central

Mr Let's Paint can be seen performing live in person around the world and on his internet tv show airing Monday-Friday 11AM -12:30PM Pacific Standard Time. 

John Kilduff and Let's Paint TV have performed live at the following venues: Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO 2009; Horse Bazaar, Melbourne,AUS 2009; Tape Space,Melbourne,AUS 200909; Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra,AUS 2009; Electrofringe,Newcastle,AUS 2009; Seriel Space, Sydney, AUS 2009; Red Rattler, Sydney, AUS 2009; Drake Hotel, Toronto,ON 2009; Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON 2009; Ed Video, Guelph,ON 2009; Isssue Project Room, Brooklyn,NY 2009; Northwestern College, St Paul, MN 2009; Smokey's Tangle, Oakland,CA 2009; University of Wisconsin, 2009; Ottawa Bluesfest, 2008; Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL 2008; GarageComedy, Los Angeles, CA 2008; LA Weekly Biennual, Santa Monica, CA 2008; Electric-Eclectics Sound Art and Media Festival, Meaford, ON 2007; America's Got Talent, 2007; Tyra (Tyra Banks), 2006; VH1's Big in 06, 200

Jeff Kolar
title: Hallmark Cards
time: 7:10-7:30PM Central

"Hallmark Cards" is a hand-bent playback of Hallmark greeting cards with sound.
Jeff Kolar is an audio/visual artist working in Chicago, USA. He is the grandson of an ex-military radio operator and has a history of trespassing to land. His work, described as "speaker-shredding" (Half Letter Press) and "amusingly kitschy" (Music For Maniacs), investigates circuits that are disguised, hidden, or ignored. His recent interests include cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance.

Another language Performing Arts Company
Elizabeth Miklavcic – Artistic Director, Jimmy Miklavcic – Executive Director

title: The Two
time: duration

Combining different art forms in innovative ways and broadening access to cutting-edge performance art with today's technology since 1985.

Wyatt Niehaus
title: Obscenity Sleep
time: duration

As an artist, I have found myself drawn to new media for its clear political implications. My work focuses on the dissonance and subversion of traditional communication through the Internet. I see the Internet as a place for an egalitarian and anarchistic reconstruction of both artistic process and conversation. Intensely interested in the critical theory surrounding emerging media, I have spent time both creating art that relates to this subject, as well as writing formal analysis and speaking at interdisciplinary conferences in academic settings.

Rob Ray
title: Boom Harangue
time: duration
Follow along:

"Boom Harangue" uses Richard Serra and Nancy Holt's 10min 27sec "Boomerang" (1974) public television broadcast as a script for improvised streaming performance.

Rob Ray makes site specific electronic installations, wondrous public games and experimental videos. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA from Chicago via Rensselaer's Electronic Arts MFA Program in Troy, NY. Rob also collaborates with Jason Soliday and Jon Satrom as a member of the Chicago-based circuit-bent multimedia noise trio I Love Presets and is visual arts editor for the online journal Drunken Boat. Rob is also a keyholder at Public Address Los Angeles via Publica - a new experimental cultural center currently in residence at the Outpost for Contemporary Art and is a member of the CrashSpace hacker space in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2008 Rob was founder and head curator of the DEADTECH electronic arts center in Chicago, IL, USA.

title: untitled?
time: duration

V1rus has been doing rap and beating on samplers for a lot of years, and it doesn't look like it is going to end anytime soon. In his home city of Seattle he is known for making all forms of music, from true school hip hop to improvisational noise.

Heather Warren-Crow
title: 4-Hour Confession (After 1984 After 1984, or Confession is the Princess of Evidence)
time: duration

Using Winston's final confession from the 1984 film adaptation of the novel 1984 as a template, 4-Hour Confession is a series of public expressions of guilt. A group of volunteers working in shifts will watch other Daisy Chain performances and make small changes in the original text based on what they see. Warren-Crow will read these scripted mea culpas with great sincerity, happily taking on other artists' "crimes" as her own.

Heather Warren-Crow is a performance artist and professor based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her solo performance pieces both critique and embrace representations of identity in the mass media. She joins the vernacular of low art (the language of pop music, social networking websites, and Internet memes) with the rhetoric of body art to address issues pertaining to youth and femininity. Alternately playful, tragic, cheeky, and earnest, her performances confront the aesthetic pleasures of the American Brand Identity as well as its pains. She has exhibited her work at galleries and in performance spaces in the United States, Austria, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain,Tanzania, and Trinidad and Tobago. Warren-Crow received a doctorate in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a professor of art theory and practice at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts.

Webster Oppewal and Interweb Plasma (Jon Satrom, Mark Beasley)
title: Daisy Chainsaw: An Anachronistic Parallelistic Event
time: duration

Throughout the evening, Webster Oppewal and Interweb Plasma (AKA Jon Satrom, Mark Beasley) will be functioning as gateways betwixt the IRL Pilsen Antena Gallery Meatspace and a Second Life Participants, attendees, and virtual visitors will overlap and dissolve through this anarchistic mirrored polygon swap.

Mark Beasley is an artist/educator making software, video, performance and web art.

Jon Satrom performs realtime audio/video and enjoys working within collaborative projects and open systems.

ANTENA @ MDW ART FAIR, April 23-24, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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 VÉLEZ 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.

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.

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.

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.