Thursday, April 10, 2008

antena opens in Pilsen April 25th

What makes a man start fires?
new work by Noelle Mason

Friday April 25, 2008 from 6pm-10pm

April 25 - May 24

"antena" is a new project space headed by Miguel Cortez of the Polvo Collective. The Polvo space closed in Dec 2007 after 4 years of non-stop shows and this new space in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood continues where the previous one left off. The spanish word "antena" means a device that is a transducer designed to transmit or receive electromagnetic waves but in this case it is meant to define it as a cultural space that transmits/broadcasts symbolically art ideas, new media and installation projects on a local and global scale.

For the first show we will showcase the work of Noelle Mason. Noelle received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a BA from the University of California-Irvine. Her past exhibits include Alagon(Chicago), Thomas Robertello Gallery(Miami), Track 16(Santa Monica, CA), la Space(Hong Kong), Polvo(Chicago) and Wendy Cooper Gallery(Chicago).

"'What makes a man start fires?' is an autobiographical investigation of the contemporary American cultural climate as seen through the lens of video games, night vision, and super-mans x-ray vision. "What makes a man start fires?" questions the atomization of society and the futile attempt to shake an addiction to anesthesia, the safety of the The picket fence; the nuclear family and perpetual childhood of privilege. The electric fence; the misplaced violence of school shooters, vigilantes and ultimate fighting champions. The virtual fence; xenophobia and the unauthorized desires of the sexually repressed. " - Noelle Mason

1765 S. Laflin, St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Monday, April 07, 2008

Pilsen Photos

I walked around the neighborhood this morning and took some photos. You can see the collection HERE.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

arte y realidad @ APO

this saturday, april 5 at 5pm

come celebrate arte y realidad's second anniversary

there will be a tianguis cultural, drums, dance, etc. We encourage you to
bring an instrument or share you spoken art (or visual art) with us!

$3 entrance (but no one will be turned away)

arte y realidad is a collective based in Little Village that offers free
art classes for the community.

APO building
1436 W. 18th st.

for more information call 773.653.3665

Primavera del Inmigrante/Immigrants' Spring

Producciones EN EL OJO productions is pleased to invite you to see our documentary, "May 1st" - "Primavera del Inmigrante/Immigrants' Spring" at this years Chicago Latino Film Festival. The documentary was filmed during the 2006 massive immigrant rights mobilizations in Chicago with the goal of contributing to the historical memory of the events and the movement for justice for immigrants.

April 8th at 6 pm and on April 10th at 8:30 pm.

Tickets are $10

Instituto Cervantes
34 West Ohio
Chicago, IL
The complete schedule for the film festival which includes feature films, shorts and documentaries from around the world is available from the festival website and in newspaper inserts and broadsheets at many locations in the city.


CALMECAC GALLERY presents: MIL MASCARAS an art exhibit with the work and organized by the Calmecac Gallery After School Matters Program apprentices guided by artists analia r. and Robert Valadez. Join us to celebrate during opening night!

Friday, April 18th

Calmecac Gallery

1831 S. Racine - 2nd fl

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Deadline Projects


One night only.

Bigger Than Your Life
A one-night art event not to be missed: Deadline Projects's one-year anniversary show!

Deadline Projects is proud to present Bigger than Your Life, a multi-media one-night art exhibition. This time around, Deadline Projects attempts to grapple with ideas that are bigger than our brains can handle and make sense of them using installation, print, painting, photography and sculpture.

We're all surrounded by things and concepts that are huge and unknowable in their entirety. The Iraq war is one example- it's so much bigger than any one person at this point, and as a single human we can have difficulty approaching the subject in a workable way. Or, technological progression- it moves so fast and touches so many parts of our lives, but the average person has very little input to direct and control it. We get caught up in these events and ideas without comprehending fully their true meaning, and the most common course of action is to ignore large parts of the problem and simply deal with what's in front of us.

Michael Una is building a radio transmitter to beam voices into space, ensuring that some part of the show's audience lives on forever in the vast heart of the universe. Sarah Perez takes on Debt – something that usually falls outside of our understanding in its ever expanding and seemingly unconquerable nature by making a sculpture that uses her own money -literally. Gretel Garcia and Una will be collaborating to create an installation made out of multiple digital clocks that will be programmed to flash 12:00 simultaneously – reminding us that time is always at our back. Others like Shawn Stucky and Marc Salha will be tackling issues of politics and religion in the prints and paintings. Yet some like nikki hollander put pop culture and the paparazzi under her scope – an issue so inane yet unavoidable these days.

Participating Artists:
Arielle Bielak
Gretel Garcia
nikki hollander
Damien James
Blake Parish Lewis
Sarah Perez
Holly Sabin
Marc Salha
Stephen Shapiro
Shawn Stucky
Kyra Termini
Michael Una
Musical performances by

Deadline Projects is proud to announce that its anniversary show is sponsored by Chicago's own Goose Island Beer Company! We thank them for their support of the local arts community.

Cost: FREE!
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