Cobalt Studio Chicago
We invite you to see a new group exhibition. Showing the work made by artists collaborating in various mediums and techniques. All the work has been made in the spirit of creativity and collaboration amongst artist.COLLABORATION SHOW 2014
Opens FRIDAY: May 16 at 6PM
 Cobalt Studio 1950 W. 21st Street [1st] Chicago IL 60608 
The show runs May 16 - Jun 8. With extended viewing hours on weekends and by appointment.
We invite you to see a new group exhibition. Showing the work made by artists collaborating in various mediums and techniques. All the work has been made in the spirit of creativity and collaboration amongst artist.

COLLABORATION SHOW 2014
Opens FRIDAY: May 16 at 6PM

 Cobalt Studio 1950 W. 21st Street [1st] Chicago IL 60608 

The show runs May 16 - Jun 8. With extended viewing hours on weekends and by appointment.

// PROJECTOR POETRY: A Night of Photography and Prose curated by //

JACKIE OROZCO & MIEKE ZUIDERWEG March 29 Opening Reception: Saturday, March 29th, 5-10pm Open Hours: This event takes place one night only.
COBALT STUDIO 1950 W 21st Street Chicago, IL 60608
COBALT STUDIO is proud to present PROJECTOR POETRY: a Night of Photography and Prose, the next exhibition of 2014.
PROJECTOR POETRY: a Night of Photography and Prose by Co-Curators Jackie Orozco & Mieke Zuiderweg
As the title suggests this is a one night event combining photography and poetry. The work will be on either be projected digitally or on 35mm slides using an old school projector.   Poems will be read by a variety of participants. The selection of photographs will be re-visited work, new work, or part of a personal collection and in-process portfolio of each photographer. This event will be a contemporary take on an old fashioned slideshow night with talented photographers and poets. The images, poetry and libations will keep us warm helping us to forget these cold winter nights!
For more information on the Participating Photographers:
Paul Clark  www.mocp.org/collection/mpp/clark_paul.php Juan Fernandez www.jmanuelfernandez.com Emily Franklin  www.emilyelizabethfranklin.com Jackie Orozco  www.jackieorozco.tumblr.com Tommy Reyes www.tommyjreyes.blogspot.com Monika Wulfer  www.monikawulfers.com Mieke Zuiderweg  www.miekez.blogspot.com

Poets: Katie Gallo
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 cobaltartstudio.blogspot.com.

// PURE BLOOD new work by MANDY CANO VILLALOBOS//

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Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 8th, 6-10pm.
Open Hours: Weekend hours will be posted on cobaltartstudio.blogspot.com and Facebook, weather permitting. All other viewings are by appointment. Contact Antonio Martinez at cobaltartstudio@gmail.com
COBALT STUDIO 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

We are a people of ethnic amalgamations and historical palimpsests. We claim distant ancestral origins to affirm our identities, while concepts of Purity and Otherness dwindle with each generation. Pure Blood calls attention to these uncertainties. The works included weave religious narratives with colonial pasts and immigration presents, to question our society’s fluctuating identities and affiliations.

Limpeza de Sangre (“Cleanliness of Blood”): Following the mass expulsion of Jews and Muslims during the late 1400s, Spain instituted laws of Limpieza de sangre. These laws distinguished the Jews and Muslims who had converted to Christianity from those who could trace their religious affiliation through family lineage. Having more to do with politics and ancestry than faith, Limpieza de sangre provided the grounds for extreme prejudice against those of “unclean blood”. During the colonization of the Americas, the ideas behind Limpieza de sangre were transferred to a caste system that further built upon discrimination.

With these reconfigured shirts I examine the present-day manifestations of such views. Each shirt, given to me by a Latin American immigrant, was once worn for daily work. I have then unstitched and torn apart each shirt, re-forming it into a fragmented quilt. Referencing the uncleanliness Judaic and Muslim traditions have associated with pigs (and in turn, the pig’s redemptive connotations within a Christian tradition), I then soaked the piece-meal shrouds in pig’s blood. Questions arise. What is clean and un-clean? Who designates these definitions, and who lives by them? How have our cultural, ethnic and historical identities formed our current prejudices? And, in light of the influx of immigrants to the United States, who is asking these questions, and to whom?

Cuzco School: The Cuzco School was a painting institution established by Spanish colonialists in the New World (Peru). The school’s objective, to teach indigenous subjects a European painting style, utilized art-making as a vehicle for imperialist gain. I repurpose the pig as a dual signifier for redemption and filth, branding the foot with decorative designs appropriated from paintings produced within the Cuzco tradition.

Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist who currently resides in the Midwest. The child of a migrant family, she has lived in fourteen states and two countries. Her work focuses upon life’s ephemerality and identity shaped by location and collective memory. Cano Villalobos’ practice encompasses installation, performance, and object/textile-based work. She currently teaches at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum (Clinton, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Wisconsin Union Directorate (Madison, WI), The Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum (East Lansing, MI), and Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC). La Casa Pauly in Puerto Montt, Chile hosted Cano Villalobos’ first international solo exhibition in January 2013. She was recently an artist in residence at Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) based in Steuben, WI and Chicago.

More information about Mandy Cano Villalobos can be found at www.mandycano.com.

More information about Mandy Cano Villalobos can be found at www.mandycano.com.
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 cobaltartstudio.blogspot.com.

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 www.acreresidency.org.

// CALL FOR ART…Coaster Show!//

An exhibition of artwork made on coasters, or constructed using coasters. This fun summer show will included dozens of artist and creatives at all career levels and skill sets. We are exhibiting work from Chicago artists and those beyond the Midwest . Coaster sizes and shapes will vary, that’s not too important. They will be admitted based on their creativity and content.

The show runs June 13 - July 13

Deadline is June 8, 2014

The next time you are at your local bar, ask for a coaster. Not old enough to be in a bar…then Cobalt will provide coasters to anyone who visits us and wants to participate. [supplies are limited]

The exhibition Opens June 13 at Cobalt Studio 1950 W. 21st Street [1st] Chicago IL 60608  The show runs June 13 - July 13. With extended viewing hours on weekends and by appointment. All unsold work must be picked up by July 13th. Hours will be posted soon.

Feel free to repost.

The title ” Coaster Show 2014 ” is subject to change. But there are some details you will need to adhere to. We hope this will answer the FAQ’s:

1. Once accepted. All work must be delivered to Cobalt Studio by June 8.

2. ALL work must be made on coasters or of coaster construction.

3. Include titles, year produced, measurements, exhibition requirements, dimensions, contact info

4. NO long Artist Statements or Bios required. Submit NO more than 100 words.

5. All 2-D work must be ready to hang.  Unframed pieces are fine, and will be hung using pins or removable adhesive.  Frames [not required] have to mount easily to a hook or nail.

6. ANY: pedestals, must be provided by the artist, including any specialized hardware.

7. Transportation of the work to and from Cobalt Studio is the responsibility of the Artists.

8. Submissions sent via mail will not be returned…unless they include a self addressed- stamped envelope with sufficient paid postage.

Cobalt Studio 1950 W. 21st Street {STO} Chicago IL 60608

Use the US Postal Service. Cobalt is not responsible for lost packages. Cobalt Studio is not open regularly to accept packages from other delivery services; NO FedEx, NO UPS.

9. All unsold work must be collected by July 10-13.

10. [image submissions not required] If you insist on sending images submit NO more than five quality “.jpg” files 2MB or less, of detailed shots of the work via email to cobaltartstudio[aT}gmail[dOT}com. [Label them using the initials of the artist and the appropriate “.jpg” format.] Cobalt will use images to promote the Coaster Show 2014.

10.Coasters may be different shapes and sizes. Cobalt reserves the right to exclude any submissions for any reason.

// Demo Cancelled//

Our demonstration tomorrow is cancelled due to the weather. We will reschedule at a later date.

Join Benjamin Kaplan as he demonstrates his mask making technique LIVE at Cobalt February 2, from 1-5PM. Q&A with the artist and open discussion… ALL are welcome. Free to the public.

Join Benjamin Kaplan as he demonstrates his mask making technique LIVE at Cobalt February 2, from 1-5PM. Q&A with the artist and open discussion… ALL are welcome. Free to the public.

Upcoming Show

Upcoming Show

antoniomartinezchicago:

faces in a place: Benjamin Kaplan at Cobalt Studio 01/24/14 @ 6pm-10 thru 02/16/14

antoniomartinezchicago:

faces in a place: Benjamin Kaplan at Cobalt Studio 01/24/14 @ 6pm-10 thru 02/16/14