Monday, February 24, 2014

Mandy Cano Villalobos March 8th at Cobalt


March 8-26
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8th, 5-10pm...

Open Hours:
Weekend hours will be posted on and Facebook, weather permitting. All other viewings are by appointment. Contact Antonio Martinez at

1950 W 21st Street
Chicago, IL

COBALT STUDIO hosts an opening reception on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 5-10pm at 1950 W 21st Street, Chicago, IL. ACRE and COBALT STUDIO are proud to present PURE BLOOD / new work by MANDY CANO VILLALOBOS, the next installment in ACRE's year-long series of exhibitions by 2013 ACRE summer residents.

Pure Blood

by Mandy Cano Villalobos

Many of my projects reflect a longing for what writer Paul Tillich calls the "Eternal Now". Gold, dirt, blood and hair – materials rich with cultural memory and symbolism – substantiate the mysteries that elude us. Other projects present fragmented narratives: family snapshots, personal possessions, and broken texts affirm our tenuous understandings of the past, both obscuring and revealing the ephemerality of life. Through these rifts of sacred moments and fractured translations I find a space of empathy and reflection. This space is filled by the memories and imaginings of others.

More information about Mandy Cano Villalobos can be found at

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. The space is Antonio Martinez' art studio. He exhibits work by emerging artists and experimental art collectives, as well as invites guest curators that share a common vision. Cobalt's mission is to present contemporary practices that are relevant and engaging to the community.

More information about Cobalt Art Studio can be found at

 ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency itself takes place each summer in rural southwest Wisconsin and brings together artists from across disciplines and levels of experience to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Over the course of the following year ACRE endeavors to further support its residents by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

More information about ACRE can be found at

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