Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Bobby Hii and Nuria Montiel
Closing Event: Saturday September 27 from 2-5PM
San Juan-based artist Chemi Rosado Seijo responds to the architectural structure of The Franklin and interactions he has had with neighbors in the Chicago community of East Garfield Park. One of these encounters was with Bobby Hill—DJ, painter, and next-door neighbor—who has lived on West Franklin Boulevard for more than thirty years. Seijo and Hill will work together to produce a series of paintings based on individuals who live (or have lived) on the block, along with a sound piece that transforms door-to-door song requests into a musical portrait of the community.
Mexico City-based artist Nuria Montiel makes collective and participatory art in public spaces using micro-political and self-organized actions to challenge and transform the fabric of our reality. Montiel organizes workshops, interventions and events that involve print and popular culture, employ written language and text, printmaking, popular dance, and performance in public space to this end.
Montiel, debuts her Chicago version of La Imprenta Móvil (mobile printing cart). Join Nuria in making letter press prints using her original type set design. All levels are welcome and those new to printmaking encouraged!
Chemi Rosado Seijo (b. 1973. Lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an artist whose practice juxtaposes architecture and the urban landscape, work and social action, and art and its history. In “Historia sobre Ruedas (History on Wheels),” his 2005 project with Art in General, Seijo mapped Manhattan from the perspective of a skateboarder, re-drawing the city in terms of its skating sites. For another project, “Tapando para Ver (Closing to See)” (2001), which culminated in a book, Seijo covered up parts of text from newspaper clippings with charcoal leaving only specific words, suggesting that all language might be a form of manipulation and drawing attention to the degree to which commercial information is controlled by the media. Since 2001, Chemi Rosado Seijo has worked with the occupants of El Cerro, in Puerto Rico, painting all of the houses in the village in different shades of green. Over several years, and through negotiation and collaboration with the people of the community, over 100 buildings have been painted. Seijo has participated in numerous exhibitions and biennials including the Whitney (2002), Prague (2005), Havana (2006), and Pontevedra (2010). He has received grants from Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and his work was most recently featured in the group exhibition “Beyond the Supersquare” at The Bronx Museum of Arts in New York.
More about the artist: http://www.chemirosado-seijo.com/
Special thanks to Kristin Korolowicz
Nuria Montiel studied the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (ENAP-UNAM) and continued her studies in contemporary art at Soma, an artist organization dedicated to pedagogy based in Mexico City. Last year, she presented “¡Sacúdete!/shake it out!” at Museum Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, a performance which stresses the aesthetic relationship between social upheavals and body movements. In 2012 she was artist-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City. Since 2007 until 2010 she worked collectively with JOKUS and the Medios Múltiples Seminar. She built La Imprenta Móvil, a device that works in the streets by collaborating with pedestrians to use paper to express thoughts, demands and beliefs.
Montiel’s work has been presented in group exhibitions, including Panamericana curated by Jens Hoffman at Galería Kurimanzutto, Jardín de Academus curated by José Miguel Gonzáles Casanova at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in México, Ésto no es un museo, artefactos móviles al acecho at AcVic Barcelona, The New York Art Book Fair 2012 at MoMA PS1 NYC and at Kunstverein Munchen in Mexico. In 2010 she co-founded La Galería de Comercio with artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, a non-profit initiative that presents public art projects on the street every month. Montiel plans to identify new possible collaborators during her residency and expand existing projects like La Galería de Comercio during her time at Hyde Park Art Center and in Chicago.
For more information about Nuria Montiel’s Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center contact Megha Ralapati at email@example.com
Special thanks to Jim Duignan, Megha Ralapati and the Hyde Park Art Center
Hyde Park Art Center: http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2014-09-27-la-imprenta-móvil-at-the-franklin
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