Opening Saturday, September 27th, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
In, The Greatest Companions, artist Edra Soto explores sociological aspects of Latino culture and how it is perceived through the media. As the exploratory research subject of this painting and installation show, Soto chooses the Puerto Rican icon Iris Chacon. Ms. Chacon was a pioneer of the ‘vedette’ movement in Puerto Rico in the 1970’s. Her eponymous variety show ‘El Show de Iris Chacon’ was very popular, no doubt due in part to her alluring looks and provocative costumes. This didn’t prevent her from becoming a favorite family entertainer while simultaneously becoming a legendary diva that few other performers in Latin America have been able to emulate.
‘The Greatest Companions’ series of gouaches, reenactments, and self-embellished verbatim paintings from photos, are reflections of Soto’s memories of watching ‘El Show de Iris Chacon’. As a child, she was drawn to her raw, incomparable demeanor, her perceptibly untrained dance style, and her charismatic and charming persona. Channeling Ms. Chacon as her alter ego and setting the paintings in vintage scenarios inspired by her show, the series questions the fascination of Latino women with self-exposure and, how Latino culture is portrayed in the popular media: woman as protector and protected.
The show will also feature works of artists Maria Gaspar, Harold Mendez, Albert Stabler and, one of Soto’s high school senior art students, Ramiro Trejo.
A project space in bridgeport, a neighborhood of Chicago.
Sat. August 30, 2008
It's Lonely on Top includes new ink drawings, watercolors, and collages on wood and paper by Stina Kaczmaryn. The imagery for this collection of pieces features whimsical dream-like spaces or figures contrasted with symbols of violence, wealth and power. Inspirations have been animals,defunct technologies,increasing polarization of our society, and a 1960's text about art int he Middle Ages.
A Two Person Show
Sean Flournoy and Carole Smith
Saturday July 26th 2008
Carole F Smith’s new work consists of a series of hand cast mugs and bowls. Pop art nods to our parent’s tableware, applying a modern touch to familiar forms.
Cast and decorated editions by Smith each with an individual look. Beautiful and charming pieces of ceramics, that embrace and disturb.
This Scottish born artist lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Sean Flournoy’s new group of screen print editions include rock stars, sex vixens, imaginary bands and various icons. They are an homage to the classic 20th Century Playbill.
Flournoy’s graphic compositions are parodies and critiques of both capitalism and idealism. Vibrant and hard- edged photographic images characterize the work by this Texas born artist.
A two person show, huband and wife,
Tricia Moreau Sweeney
Friday July 4, 2008
When we travel for travel’s sake, we are usually headed for something we can call an unknown known. We are headed to something we know to have value but we do not know it in the personal sense. What are best to encounter are unknown unknowns. Things we aren’t expecting.
Here is our contribution to the collective album of vacation memories; a video and sound installation using digital imagery and audio gathered on a seven thousand mile journey from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest.
( there will be BBQ!)
Polly will reperesent Mutherland at this years Version Fest's NFO EXPO
April 19 & 20,2008
311 N Western
Hybrid creatures are reincarnated from discarded print media,clothing, and fabric reconfiguredand sewning to their next existance. Humans participate in consumerism we create another cycle of life parallel to what remains....inanimate objects. We consumed and become animated by our own hand.
Mon. April 21, 2008
7pm @ Mutherland
take it out
taking it all out
fist to fist
fist full of it all
To the Moon!
to create what has been a hole.
From the darkest part of a little girl's closet to the dream of the warmest lady's coat ever comes Fowler's performance and Installation.