Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Finishing School

: Finishing School

mini-exhibit: Lucia Gomez
flatscreen DVD: Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Opening Friday February 9, 2007 from 6pm-10pm
February 9- March 3, 2007

Finishing School’s new project, WWFSD?, which is primarily formatted as a blog, investigates specific ideas that they feel influence their practice. This introspective exercise helps them become more critically conscious of themselves and the world around them. Their goal is to share one idea each day for the year 2007. The installation at Polvo will include a selection of pieces from this project. You can visit the blog at

Finishing School (FS) is a collective identity that investigates the many intersections between critical, covert, and common subject territories. All FS projects attempt to demystify cultural production and engage viewers into various participatory models. The collective has been open for business since 2001. You can visit them at

mini-exhibit: Lucia Gomez

Lucia Gomez (born in Guatemala) is pursuing her B.F.A. in Photography with Columbia College Chicago. Her exhibited work deals with identity politics, dealing with her bi-cultural heritage. Presently, Gomez is documenting the Immigrant Rights Movement, photographing the life of activist, Elvira Arellano. Her photographs have been published with "Hoy" Newspaper and can seen on "Deviant Art" website.

flatscreen DVD: Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Texas in Austin where she is majoring in Transmedia, the study of time based art which includes Video Art , Performance art, and time based Installation. Amelia is greatly interested in exploring the 4th dimension in art, and to challenge the visual experience in addition to the temporal connection to artistic experience.

She was classically trained as an Opera Singer in Rochester NY at the Eastman conservatory of music, and then pursued an undergraduate degree in the area of sculpture and Performance art at George Mason University outside of DC. Growing up in Rochester NY , close to her seneca-cayuga tribal lands and the site of their largest city, was influential in shaping her narrative and outlook of her current work. Her mother is a traditional native storyteller from the Seneca Cayuga tribe of the Iroquois nation. Stories of all kinds weave themselves into her works and are re contextualized to shape her work, unfolding destination, space, and time. She is currently working out of Austin Texas, and is showing works with live performance art and digital video. Amelia Winger-Bearskin has shown in various galleries in major US cities, as well as in Mexico and Central America, where she lived for many years. She has received various grants, fellowships and awards in the artistic fields, and has a large body of collaborative artwork in addition to her solo pieces.

1458 W. 18th St. 1R
Chicago, IL 60608
773 344 1940
HOURS: Saturdays from Noon-5pm or by appointment

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