POS 2017

Pilsen Open Studios 2017

October 20, 2017
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Cobalt Studio mentioned in Contratiempo

Contratiempo NFP started as a monthly Spanish-language magazine conceived in April 2003 by a group of Latino writers living in Chicago, and it is now a 501(c)3 tax exempt literary and publishing center whose mission is to preserve and highlight the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking Latino population of the United States.
Contratiempo fulfills its mission by publishing revista contratiempo, conducting creative writing workshops, promoting Spanish-language literature written in Chicago through its Ediciones Vocesueltas imprint, and working collaboratively with other educational, literary and cultural organizations to present events relative to this mission.

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GAG gig Closing Reception

November 7th


Open to the public. Last chance to see this exhibition.

GAG gig explores humor in various contexts, presenting it in darkness and in light. The pieces in this show look at the merit of so-called "funny art" within the broader art world. They delve into more abstract concepts about emotion, the body, and criticism.


Matt Geer: Neo Minimalist Portraits

Matt Geer, a Chicago artist for over a decade. A self described ''Artopuss" with tentacles coiling around various styles, utilizing different mediums. His work is often broken up into separate series of works, allowing him to explore each obsession to its end.

Cobalt is proud to exhibit Geer as part of our First Friday Series.


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Opening Reception
Friday, August 7 at 6:00PM


Fundraiser Concert at Cobalt

Enjoy some music and help support local lil people. Proceeds of the event will go to a Yollocalli Arts Reach to help the chillun.
June 20, 2015
 5$ suggested donation at the door. Doors open at 8pm.


Kevin and Hell
Donkey Hotel

Bog Light

Pastel Fractal


Collage Installation by Victoria Martinez

Cobalt is proud to present an artist whose outdoor installations have graced the Pilsen community over the past few years. A featured part of the First Fridays on 21st St., Art Walk, Victoria Martinez.

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who explores installation, site-specific intervention, collage, and textiles. She will be responding to Cobalt Studio’s brick wall by creating an installation with local Pilsen materials, which include fabric, paper, super market signs, tarps, and found objects granted by the urban environment. The project will be led by intuition and present an abstract version of sweets such as cake or pan dulce.

The Installation will be unveiled Friday, June 5, 2015 on the Cobalt Studio wall facing 21st Street.

Also that evening as part of Cobalt's contribution to the 1st Friday on 21st Street Pilsen Art Walk join us for a reception of HOT for O.S.  at 6pm in the Cobalt Studio exhibition space.


The Price is Right

Cobalt Studio presents: The Price is Right.
This exhibition explores alternative art exchange and sales strategies that support artists and collectors, and expose the loss of artist agency and intervention in the marketplace.

at 6:00pm - 10:00pm

 Artists and gallerists are excited to show art, but need money to survive. Join us for an exhibition centered on barter, bidding, and dialogue that empower artists and gallery goers to make choices about the sales process. Featuring artists John Behnke, Sonia Cheng, Marcellus Eli, Carlos Esparza, Duk Ju L Kim, Marcellous Lovelace, Antonio Martinez, Kate Perryman, Ken Hirte, Al Pocius, Mike Pocius, Jeremy Steffen, and Melody Williams. Curated and facilitated by Mike Pocius and Melody Williams.

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st Street
Chicago IL 60608

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Hot for O.S.

Hot for O.S.

Jon Cates
Patrick Quinn
Paul Hertz
Jon Satrom
Jeff Kolar
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Amanda Gutierrez
Huong Ngo
Patrick Lichty
Brett Ian Balogh...
Sam Lavigne
David Tracy

Curated by Miguel Cortez

Opening Friday June 5, 2015 from 6pm-10pm

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Hot for O.S. is a tongue in cheek title for a show with artists who work with new technology. While we all are staring at our phones and tablets during our bus or train trips, these artists use new media and create artwork that is unique and challenge the norms of how we experience art.

Regarding the title, O.S. or Object Sexuality is a sexual fetish for people who fall in love or feel strong feelings of attraction to inanimate objects. Although these artists are not necessarily in love with their objects(or are they?), they do have a passion.


South Side Manifesto Drop Off Schedule

September 15 & 16th DROP OFF YOUR ART AT CO-PROSPERITY Sphere. See Mike. Label and sign all work. 4-7pm Include all necessary hanging hardware with your piece.  Contact m_pocius@yahoo.com  with any questions.



Weekend Hours

The studio will be open Noon to Four pm Saturday and Sunday.  Stop in and visit Gran OM's exhibition. 


Gran OM Meets Chicago

Hours: Open by Appointment

Gran OM Meets Chicago:
Contemporary Political Mexican Poster Art
Friday, August 15 – September 14, 2014
In collaboration with Cobalt Studio and Pilsen Out Post, Mexico City based artist Gran OM debuts his solo exhibition, "Gran OM meets Chicago".

Mexico City’s most recognized wheat paste and poster artist. Working in Mexico’s rich tradition of the political poster, and contemporary gig poster design. Gran OM, Omar Inzunza will exhibit for the first time in Chicago at Cobalt Studio. Creating a wheat paste installation and displaying his posters, Gran OM transcends the worlds of propaganda and street art. His contemporary aesthetics reflect a rich commentary on today’s social issues.
As one of Mexico’s most respected music video, film directors and multi media creators. Gran OM has his finger on the pulse of contemporary social political themes that are affecting communities today. Coinciding with his visit to Chicago throughout the month of August, he will also be creating two site-specific murals in Pilsen. Dates and locations are to be announced. Cobalt Studio and Pilsen Outpost welcomes Gran OM for his first solo exhibition in Pilsen.
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6 – 10pm. "Gran OM Meets Chicago" will be open to the public through September 14 at Cobalt Studio 1950 W. 21st Street, Chicago. IL 60608. This event is free and open to the public.
Colbalt 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’s art studio. He exhibits work by emerging artists and experimental art collectives, as well as invites guest curators that share a common vision. Colbalts mission is to present contemporary practices that are relevant and engaging to the community. More information about Colbalt Studio can be found at colbaltartstudio.blogspot.com
Pilsen Outpost is a local Chicago artist collective and pop-up shop comprised of Teresa Magaña, Pablo Ramirez and Diana Solís, longtime Pilsen artists and residents. Founded in 2013, Pilsen Outpost has sought to provide a much needed outlet for engaging the public with local emerging artists, working within the Contemporary arts scene by promoting their work through exhibitions, workshops, collaboration and sales. We carry the works and craftsmanship of over 30 local artist and artisans, from original work, prints, artist custom toys, hand crafted clothing and accessories including the print and poster art of international artists such as Gran OM from Mexico City. More information about Pilsen Outpost can be found at www.pilsenoutpost.com.

Colbalt Studio
1950 W. 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60608 cobaltartstudio.blogspot.com