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/

Friday, May 01, 2015

WALPURGISNACHT: Drawings & Prints by Raeleen Kao, Vanessa DellaMorte, & Liz Born

Cobalt Studio is pleased to present WALPURGISNACHT: Drawings and Prints by Raeleen Kao, Vanessa DellaMorte, and Liz Born. The Witchcraft-inspired exhibition is a culmination of three distinct practices, ranging from hyper-detailed works on paper to large-scale fabric installation. Celebrate spring with a very special demonic invocation featuring cake, libations, and live music by HOMME. 

WALPURGISNACHT is a night marked by the convergence of witches in the Brocken, the highest peak of the Harz mountain range in Germany. Historically, Walpurgisnacht was observed by lighting large bonfires and burning rag and straw witch effigies in order to ward off the overhead passing of witches on their way to the sabbath. Modern observances of Walpurgisnacht are held throughout Europe and Scandinavia with large public gatherings of bonfires and dancing. Because it falls on the eve of May Day, the celebration of Walpurgisnacht is often associated with the coming of Spring.

RAELEEN KAO is a printmaking nerd, hermetic corpse, aspiring gattara, and amateur competitive eater AKA glutton. Her spirit animal is a black pangolin of plague and pestilence.

VANESSA DELLAMORTE is a Chicago native and cult survivor. She narrowly escaped becoming a fourth generation funeral director when she turned down mortuary school and found solace in the print studio. While screenprinting has become her specialty process, she is driven by experimentation with new techniques and collaborations with artists of diverse backgrounds.

LIZ BORN s a Chicago-based printmaker, curator, and teaching artist. Her woodcuts feature a handful of characters, archetypal and mammalian, confronting themselves during acts of eating, birthing, and self-contemplation.

COBALT STUDIO is an artist run alternative exhibition/project space in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The name refers to blue-collar/working class status. We exhibit work by emerging artists and experimental art collectives, as well as invite guest curators that share our vision. Our mission is to present contemporary practices that are relevant and engaging to our community. 

This event is part of Art First Fridays in Pilsen

For an interactive map and current programming, visithttps://www.facebook.com/artfirstfridaysinpilsen

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.  http://chicagoartworld.blogspot.com/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/73059802@N00

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