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Michael Milano: Smooth Times
Special performance by Sam Scranton
curated by Thea Liberty Nichols

Opening reception: October 12, 3-7PM
From October 12 to November 2, 2014

An exhibition of new, experimental sound and moving image work by Michael Milano, Smooth Times explores our experience of time by investigating various systems of how it’s measured.

Synthetic media, including audio files, animated gif’s and digital video, are used to measure organic passages of time, such as a constellations seasonal position in the night sky or the arbitrary length of a human life span.

By conflating the virtual with the real, Smooth Times prompts us to acknowledge time’s passage and account for how we fill it.

Performance portion: October 19 at 6PM
Detritivore is an extended, text-based, ritualized performance centered on the contingency of everything. Throughout Detritivore’s 80 minutes, performers chart their days, perform coded languages of authority, examine marginalia, recite histories, and engage the end. Found instruments accompany, replace, and interact with vocal performance to create a focused, immersive and monolithic sound world.
Participants: Bill Frisch, Deidre Huckabay, Sam Scranton and Andrew Tham

MICHAEL MILANO is an artist and writer, living and working in Chicago. He received a MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. He has shown at Roots & Culture, threewalls, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and has written for Surface Design, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Bad At Sports. He is also a member of the artist collective/study/exhibition space ADDS DONNA.

Sam Scranton is a composer/performer who lives and works in Chicago. He has been described in New Music Box as “an artist taking wholehearted risks” and in the New York Times as a “killer drummer”. Sam’s music has been performed in numerous concert halls and exhibition spaces such as Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), Constellation (Chicago), and Art of This (Minneapolis); and has performed onstage in Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris with avant rock ensemble volcano!, their music released by Leaf Label (UK). In December 2014, his work will appear on the Chicago’s first contemporary art music tape label Parlour Tapes+.

THEA LIBERTY NICHOLS is a curator, writer and arts administrator from Chicago.

Image Credit:
Michael Milano
Video still from:
"Meanwhile"
Video, 00:13:13
2013

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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 mralapati@hydeparkart.org

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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FRANKLIN & DRAKE to St. LOUIS & OHIO
A project by Chemi Rosado Seijo with Bobby Hill and neighbors

Organized by Kristin Korolowicz and The Franklin.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 16, 6-10 PM
From August 16 to September 13, 2014


In his upcoming exhibition, 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.

Complementing the installation within the structure of The Franklin, Seijo plans to organize a series of social actions at all four points that comprise The Franklin block. Here he will create new works by dragging the removable white walls of the exhibition space to one street corner at a time, arranging them into improvised skateboard obstacles, and skating on them with other skaters. Sejio aims to involve passersby and whoever else wishes to participate. This collective mark marking results in a formal composition that the artist envisions as being a painting, a drawing and a registry of action.

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BIO:

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/

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