Wednesday, March 23, 2011



Friday, March 25 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

 ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

ACRE Projects hosts a special event on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 6-9pm at 1913 West 17th Street, Chicago, IL. ACRE Projects is proud to present LIKE A ROCK: work by TONY BALKO and OLIVIA CIUMMO, an exhibition of moving image and photographic work curated by ACRE staff member Olivia Ciummo.

LIKE A ROCK: Tony Balko and Olivia Ciummo express their thoughts on ROCK through film, video and photo works. In this exhibition they will s...hare processes that speak to thoughts on temporal moments of stability and holding. With some works as collaborations with musician AE Paterra as well as solo works, this exhibition will bring out each artists' interest in ROCK and ROLL, MEDIA, and MEDIATION. In good humor the name of the show stands for riffing through multiple meanings of things that ROCK.

Tony Balko and Olivia Ciummo have been working together on films for a decade, recently they have both collaborated with Majeure the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, drummer for seminal sci-fi prog explorers Zombi. Majeure has composed synthed out tracks to accompany the visuals of these two filmmakers and they plan to continue to collaborate again in the future.

OLIVIA CIUMMO’s moving image works have screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with collective Jefferson Presents, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Seoul Experimental Film and Video Festival, The Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival and in galleries nationally and abroad. She is a collaborating member of ACRE artist residency and teaches at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

TONY BALKO is a media artist and educator living and working in Milwaukee, WI, USA. His work has screened throughout the United States and internationally in museums, galleries and film festivals including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Milwaukee Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), 21C Museum (Louisville), Jefferson Presents… (Pittsburgh), Green Lantern Gallery (Chicago), Stereo Underground (Seoul), the PDX film festival (Portland), and the FLEX film festival (Gainesville).

Pittsburgh based MAJEURE is the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, drummer for seminal sci-fi prog explorers Zombi. Timespan is his debut release taking the term "full-length" quite literally, the album is made up of three epic, side-long journeys through time and space. Merging the darkness of Vangelis' Blade Runner-era Moog-driven scores and the stately minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass with the relentless drive of Can and Silver Apples, Timespan delivers inspiring sci-fi disco of the highest caliber. Record Label Temporary Residence LTD, Denovali.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Four Women Photographers View the World


--Four very unique photographers whose images are visually eloquent expressions of the sublime beauty which surrounds us moment by moment.  It is this sublime beauty which is the essence of every woman.

ANALIA RODRIGUEZ states,  "These images are part of the constant exploration of my identity, physically, mentally, and spiritually."

ROSY TORRES "...has a burning desire to expose truth through her photos.  She enjoys documenting the world around her, and her journalistic style contains a poetic mysticism that gives life to her photography."

MACHIELI MACIAS  brings the training of a Cultural Anthropologist to her photos, which touch us with their warmth and humanity.

SHARYNE MOY TU travels the world and shares her moments of light and beauty, which remind us of those moments which we all have stored in our own memories.

Four women, unique and beautiful, sharing their visions of themselves and their world, and we are all the richer for them.  Please join them for this opening reception.  

Opening Reception, Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ Fine Arts Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago IL 60608
The exhibition closes on April 8, 2011.
Exhibition showings:   by appointment.

Friday, March 11, 2011




"The bearded old man on the corner,
The one drinking out of a brown paper bag,
The one who declares himself
The world's greatest ventriloquist,
We are all his puppets, he says
When he chooses to say anything."
-Charles Simi

Noah Furman’s sculptures and paintings take root in intuitive drawings, pulling from a lexicon of forms that reference cartoons, tropes of abstract painting, letterforms, and early modern sculpture. These recent works examine the creative act itself and the process of translation, transformation, and embodiment that takes place in object making. Existing somewhere between abstraction and representation, the works in “Street Ventriloquist” activate and breathe life into their simple materials, and seek to occupy a pre-lingual and experiential state.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W 21st Street
Chicago IL 60608

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vicissitude: Duk Ju L. Kim

Vicissitude: Duk Ju L. Kim

Opening Friday April 1 from 6pm-10pm

April 1- April 30, 2011

        Duk Ju L. Kim was born in Pusan, South Korea. Due to her father’s job, her family later moved to Tehran, Iran, before eventually immigrating to the United States. Duk Ju received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. After completing a residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she moved to Chicago and enrolled in the Master’s program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for one semester.

        Duk Ju’s course of study at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels was fine art. She has received a number of honors for her work, including a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship Grant and a 2003 Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council in 2003, that state’s most prestigious recognition of artistic talent. She was selected to show at Sotheby’s International Young Art in 1999; all the paintings shown in Chicago and Tel Aviv were sold, and she continues to sell her art through Sotheby’s to international buyers.

        "For the past several years I have been working on a series of mixed media drawings and paintings featuring abstracted portraits that interact and mesh with the surrounding urban environment. Since living in Chicago, the city's raw and rigid buildings and streets have crept into my paintings. Exposed pipes, plumbing, and wires have become part of my work. Evident in my work is a sense satirical entrapment; people who cannot seem to escape the grittiness of urban living.

        Gravity, violence, as well as grace, and beauty all coexist-which can be both exquisite and perverse. I portray it by exposing and intertwining the hidden with the obvious-pulling the inside out and pushing the outside in. I approach the canvas as if making a three-dimensional sculpture. Content and depth are what matter the most. I want the paint to move and shift for the viewer. Figures, mostly abstract, are constructed from lines. The colors I choose are manipulated to make space, to box space. Creating art is an intensely solitary activity for me. It is never easy to achieve a dialogue with the canvas. The fulfillment comes when that dialogue is achieved, when the canvas and I have reached a mutual respect for one another.

        My earliest influences are from writers as well as painters, among them Flannery O'Connor, Kafka, Dostoevsky, and Salinger. I share their preoccupation with the human psyche and its place in society, the complex manner in which society and people intersect and interact." - Duk Ju L. Kim

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

Salvador Jiménez Flores @ HumanThread Center

Solid to the Earth:
The prints and Drawings of Salvador Jiménez Flores

Friday, March 11, 2011
6pm – 10pm

HumanThread Center
645 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Salvador Jiménez deepens his exploration on issues of Chicano identity in a bold quest into graphic media. This exhibition sees Jiménez using printmaking and graphite as a way to dissect the modern social connotations of being Mexican-American. The use of line to explore these themes is emphasized in both the unique granular textures of his linocuts and the energetic line work in graphite. Jiménez simultaneously questions and celebrates his own personal and artistic journey to the US as well as that of the collective voice of others who are struggling to understand what it is to be Mexican and American
in this place and time.

HumanThread is a non-profit organization, seeking to popularize a Culture of Peace through educational, artistic, and cultural programs and events focused on YOUTH.