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.


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.

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 Into and Out of

A site-specific installation at THE FRANKLIN by Luftwerk

Opening: Saturday July 5, 6-9PM

From July 5 to July 26, 2014


The Franklin is proud to present Luftwerk.

In their upcoming exhibition at The Franklin, the artist collaborative of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, known as Luftwerk, will create a site-responsive mixed media installation.

Luftwerk will transform the outdoor gallery space, gangway, and the home façade of curators Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan into an immersive interplay of perspective, reflection and fragmentation. Thin contour mirror-like lines radiate on the house’s façade, reflecting fragments of the outside environment. Anamorphic lines of mylar create shapes and sights that re-adjust and bewilder the viewer’s sense of depth, space and perspective along the narrow walkway. A pair of extended and contracted mirror portals explode and fragment reflections within the interior of The Franklin gallery space as well as the surrounding exterior.

Into and Out of is an artistic observation, intervention and purposeful manipulation of perspective and space in the all-encompassing architecture of THE FRANKLIN, it’s home and the environment.

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Organized by Sabina Ott

Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd  6pm - 9pm

May 3 - 31 2014


Alison Ruttan, Alex Tam and Assaf Evron, Joe Jeffers and Sabina Ott, intersect into The Franklin’s  physical, political and psychological landscape, reconfiguring the environment. Each artist focuses on a different aspect of this charged space, disrupting, jamming and altering its function.

Sabina Ott’s enhancement of the The Franklin front yard fence “an elegant use of foliage and grace..” 2014, draws upon her penchant for painterly sculptures and home furnishings. Styrofoam, plexiglass, clock, light fixture, spray paint and spray foam combine to form an alternate iteration of a traditional cyclone fence, altering the viewers expectations of the house behind.

Joe Jeffer’s soundscape inside the Franklin space, ” Monument (Trembling)” 2014, is a personified volume expressing the burden of inanimacy, under the conditions of forced personification. Moaning to the beat of a stray snare, Monument (Trembling) will provide a resonant central column to Franklin’s outdoor exhibition space, its vibrations evoking the joy, frailty and anxiety only an object could understand.

Alison Ruttan’s Petite Bomb Craters, 2014, continue her ceramics sculpture series that  follows the conflicts in the Middle East. Much of recent work has focused on the physical damage to architecture caused by war. While much of this work may look similar to the effects of natural disasters it is important to remember that they are not “accidents of nature” but entirely man made acts of destruction. For “The Franklin” she has created five miniature bomb craters that unlike the originals will happily transform into sparkling ponds filled with the spring rains.

Assaf Evron’s work, originate in a photograph taken by the scholar and art historian aby Warburg at the south west late 19th century. “landscape with a ladder and a dog” 1896. Warburg was fascinated with the the stair like ornaments sacred and saturated with symbolic meaning in pueblo’s culture. On top of the  Franklin lays a ready made mass produced stair stringer used for the first few steps to enter chicago town houses, Were Edra and Dan’s dogs run around in their back yard. this generic yet vernacular setting is  blurring the threshold between the sacred and the profane. Or maybe it is the profane that is sacred.

Alex Tam’s “A Yellow Probe in The Visual Field” 2014, is a looped video projecting onto the garage of the Franklin back yard.  The piece contains the minimalized components of a found photograph that create a simulacrum of photograph while simultaneously reenacting a decisive moment. That moment creates a rupture, capturing the gaze of the audience while breaking apart the overall display.


Alison Ruttan: Assistant Professor, Contemporary Practices and received her BFA from the University of Michigan; and MFA from the  School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside; Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Galerie Wit, Wageningen, Netherlands; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Rocket Gallery, London; Chicago Cultural Center; The Drawing Center, NY; Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her work has been reviewed by Art In America; Flash Art; Chicago Tribune; Art Papers; Chicago Magazine; New Art Examiner. Ruttan has received the Illinois Arts Council; Jerome Foundation; Art & Technology Residency and Wexner Museum; Artists Residency, Wild Animal Park.

Alex Tam: Graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, Alex Tam has been included in the 21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial in Evanston, IL, Chicago Curates Columbia: Dan Devening + Fine Art at the C-33 Gallery in Chicago, IL and in 24hrs/25days at New Capital Gallery in Chicago and Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park,IL.

Assaf Evron: Assaf photo-based works focus on the structures and forms of the overlooked, and reveal it as a visual state of simultaneous, excess and deficiency. Assaf earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited his work internationally. He has received awards such as The Gerard Levy Prize awarded by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education Prize for Young Artists. His work can be found in many private and public collections, including those of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Haifa Museum of Art.

Joe Jeffers: Founder and Director of Harold Arts and Ohio, Jeffers is a writer, sound scape producer, electronic musician and independent curator.

Sabina Ott: Exhibiting since 1985, Sabina has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally in institutions such as the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Australian Contemporary Arts Center, Melbourne, Australia; Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Ohio; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York among others. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant and a Howard Foundation Grant from Brown University. She is Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL, curates many exhibitions and runs Terrain, a project space out of her front yard in Oak Park, Il.


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