Thursday, April 19, 2007

mighty fine arts @ polvo

Mighty Fine Arts @ Polvo
Curated by Steve Cruz

Yousef Balat
Candace Briceno
Steve Cruz
Shelby Cunningham
Veronica De Anda
John Hartley
Brian Jones
Rosemary Meza
Harmony Padgett
Polly Perez
Brian Scott
Eric Tosten

Opening Friday May 4th from 6pm-10pm

May 4 - May 26, 2007

Mighty Fine Arts brings to Chicago a sampling of Texas based artists who have been featured in shows at the gallery. This eclectic mix of styles and practices reflects the overall intent of the gallery which is to provide a space for artists who aren't represented in the more established art spaces. That many artists who have shown at MFA have gone on to shows at bigger venues speaks to the quality of artists who have exhibited at the gallery. This show features 12 artists from Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston.

Mighty Fine Arts is an artist-run gallery located in the scenic and historic Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. Artist Steve Cruz started the gallery in June of 2004 with the intention of providing an alternative space for innovative and underrepresented artists. mfa presents an eclectic array of shows with the guiding criteria of presenting work that is resonant, thoughtful and highly accomplished. From mid-career to fresh and unknown artists, mfa hopes to enlarge the perceptions of contemporary art in North Texas.

mini exhibit : CarianaCarianne

Cariana received an MFA from University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill in 2001 and Carianne received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Their installations, objects and videos have been exhibited extensively across the United States, as well as throughout Europe and Canada. Their works have been included in the Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2003), The Drawing Center (New York, 2005), the European Media Arts Festival (Germany, 2003) and the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, 2003). Their solo projects include Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, 2004), Croxhapox Gallery (Belgium, 2004, 2006), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, 2004), and Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, 2007). In 2006, their work was selected to take part in the DVD publication ASPECT Vol.7: Personas & Personalities and an 80-page exhibition catalogue of their work, titled Borders, was published through Croxhapox Gallery and Parys Press. Their group shows include The Believers at MASS MoCA (North Adams, 2007), Haunted States at GrandArts (Kansas City, 2006), and Empathetic at Temple Gallery of Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, 2006). Recently, their project, Drawing and Being Drawn, was selected as a finalist for new commissions at Art in General (New York, 2006). CarianaCarianne lives and works in Chicago.

This CarianaCarianne exhibition coincides with programming at Hyde Park Art Center.

CarianaCarianne: The Embedded Body
Gallery 4

5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-5520

flatscreen DVD: Jaime Mendoza

Jaime Mendoza is a Chicago based artist/curator. His work is concerned with issues of immigration, ethnicity and borders, Mendoza uses a variety of mediums such as video, photography, and mixed media installations—all of which fuse the politics of contemporary urban culture with idealistic meditations on aesthetics, history, and identity. Mendoza has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Mendoza presented a workshop on Self Liberation through Self Identification at the 2nd Annual Educating for CHANGE Curriculum Fair in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Education -- Division of Teaching and Learning. Mendoza was also awarded a one year grant from The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) to publish a book of drawings, “La Chamba: Drawings by Jaime Mendoza” which will be released this fall. Currently Mendoza is an instructor in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University. See more of his work HERE.

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

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