Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paul Germanos @ Antena

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.

1755 S. Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60608
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pilsen Open Studios

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014 - 12:00PMTO 8:00PMSUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 -12:00PM TO 6:00PM

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios was started in 2003 by a group of longtime Pilsen artists, most but not all of them Latino. The focus of the event is on "studios" as the place of production, allowing the public a rare glimpse at where (and how) art in Pilsen is made. All artists involved in the event either work or live in the neighborhood, or have a strong historical connection to Pilsen. A limited number of cultural spaces /cafes in Pilsen also participate in this event to show work from Pilsen-connected artists who don't have a studio in the neighborhood.

Colibri Studio/Gallery
2032 W. 18th Street

Friday, September 05, 2014

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

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

Opening Friday September 19, from 6-10pm

September 19 - October 11, 2014

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  For Cara’s video installation Let’s Do It, edited footage from a 1990 home music video - originally made in collaboration with her father - raises questions of early sexual awareness and depicts the fine line between confidence and self consciousness.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

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

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


1755 S Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Sunday, August 31, 2014

South Side Manifesto Drop Off Times

September 15 & 16th DROP OFF YOUR ART AT CO-PROSPERITY Sphere. See Mike. Label and sign all work. 4-7pm Include all necessary hanging hardware with your piece.  Contact  with any questions.

Opening Night is the 19th

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cobalt Studio HOURS

Cobalt will not open Saturday.  8/30

Apologies for any inconvenience.  

Friday, August 08, 2014

Slow & Low: Community Low Rider Festival

Sunday August 10, 2014

Living not only in magazines and print, this thriving community and sub-culture is very much alive right here in the Midwest.
Master craftsmen, innovative mechanics, custom pin stripers and muralists contribute to the overall visual aesthetics of Lowrider culture and community.
Slow&Low: A Community Lowrider Festival is based in the industrial corridor of the Pilsen community.  We are the only lowrider community festival in Chicago bringing together car and bike clubs all across the Midwest.
Not to be confused with an auto show, this festival brings together a curated entertainment line up of local talent, mariachis, families, children and a very special awards ceremony honoring Lowrider familia.
In celebration of the beautifully rich and creative craftsmen within the lowrider community, the Chicago Urban Art Society founded the Chicago Lowrider Preservation Fund.

Pilsen T-Shirt

I just designed a new Pilsen shirt. Check it out and if you like it, feel free to buy it to help support Art Pilsen.