Skill Party, One Night reception

    • Friday, December 9, 2011
    • 7:00pm until 10:00pm

  •     Cobalt Studio, 1950 W. 21st St Storefront Space, Chicago

  • Skill Party
    is the result of a series of workshops exploring the space between the artist, teacher, and student, and the interaction between these modes.

    It is a participatory project in which the process is as much the work as is the outcome. We are artists learning 
    to become teachers, education researchers, and socially engaged activists working in public schools.

    Collaboration, participation, and social engagement are core values in guiding our explorations. The work in the show includes collaborative art works, documentation from workshops, individual art work, and classroom work with young students.

    //Mapping, Food, Fiber art, DIY, Ceramics & more//
    Tess Hwang; Shanna Griffus; Kyle Busse; Krystal Korth; Lucy Saldana; Louie Raymo; Kelsea Cadore; Alana Wynes; Paulina Camacho; Rayshawn Nowlin; Devan Picard; Sarah Lesser; Lindsay Abramo; Jessica Rosenbaum

    Questions? cobaltartstudio@gmail.com


Proyecta Latina/Kelly Norman Ellis poetry reading, open mic, & chismes 11/21

We are proud to host Proyecto Latina this month:
Monday, November 21 
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St 1st floor - Storefront Chicago, IL 60608
Chicago, Illinois

PROYECTO LATINA is Proyecto Latina is a multi-media project that amplifies the success and impact of Latinas in our community. Our initiatives include a reading series and a website that allow us to: create a culture of self-empowerment, spotlight emerging and established Latina talent, create safe spaces in under served communities, and provide a virtual platform to chronicle stories, share resources and start dialogue.

Join us as we feature the fabulous and fierce Kelly Norman Ellis! 
Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Chicago State University. She is also the director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at CSU. She is a poet whose work has appeared in Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, Spirit and Flame, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Boomer Girls, Essence Magazine, Obsidian, Calyx, and Cornbread Nation.

She is a recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women writer’s grant and is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. She is the author of Tougaloo Blues published by Third World Press and the upcoming Offerings of Desire.

Ellis will be reading poems of desire, love and home from her upcoming collection "Offerings of Desire" (upcoming Williow Books). As always, Proyecto Latina is FREE also get there early to sign up for the open mic. Remember the Chisme Box needs to be fed so bring your chismes!

Also Mike Pocius' photo show will be up during this event. Take advantage of another chance to see the show.


Mike Pocius// Reception recap pics..

Thanks to all that came out Saturday, 11/12 for the Mike Pocius reception. We love to see our old and new friends having a good tiime. Needless the say, the show was a success. Congrats to Mike! The show is up through Sunday, December 4th. Stay tuned for upcoming public events @cobaltstudio


Mike Pocius' Solo Show OPENS- Saturday, 11/12

Mike Pocius: Mike's Kind of Town, 
One Town That Won't Let You Down!

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Selected photographic work of Southside Chicago Artist Mike Pocius 

Selected photographic work of Southside Chicago Artist Mike Pocius

On view at Cobalt is an overview of Mike Pocius' past darkroom printed and recent digital color work ranging from 1974 -2011. The artist states, "My work is pretty much street photography built on the foundations of the great ones, such as Robert Frank and Andre Kertex. I try to bring this tradition into the twenty fir...st century.

Mike Pocius is a constantly wandering urban explorer taking notes on the state of our metropolis by way of his Nikon film camera and of late, shooting color digital images; People, places, things, the mundane, the minute, the glorious, the profane, the real in reality.

At times, the camera focused on grim realities our eyes would rather glance around. Mike calls his visual studies a kind of "Urban Archaeology" where by all this graphic evidence when stitched together paints a capacious picture of one artist subjective view of our urban environment.


Action Figures! Recap/Slideshow

¡Action Figures! Curated by Cobalt Studio and Nicole Marroquin

Action figures allow us to animate the inanimate, activate the inactive and stimulate fantasies. The exhibition !Action Figures! explores the relationships between direct action, the figurative art tradition, kinetics, performance, participation, activism, intervention and play.

Opening Reception was on Friday, 10/14 6pm-10pm // Show is on view through 10/30/11
Cobalt Studio / 1950 W. 21st St, Storefront
Viewing appointments Call 773.644.1163 (no purchase necessary!) ;p

Read about the show-

Revista Contratiempo:http://contratiempo.net/2011/10/superheroes-en-chicago/
FNews SAIC school newspaper: http://fnewsmagazine.com/2011/10/action-figure-exhibition-at-cobalt-studio/


¡Action Figures! and 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios this Weekend

¡Action Figures! 
Curated by Cobalt Studio and Nicole Marroquin

Opening Reception Friday, 10/14 6pm-10pm
10/14/11- 10/30/11
Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St, Storefront
Viewing appointments Call 773.644.1163
Action figures allow us to animate the inanimate, activate the inactive and stimulate fantasies. The exhibition !Action Figures! explores the relationships between direct action, the figurative art tradition, kinetics, performance, participation, activism, intervention and play.

Saul Aguirre - PerformanceCharcko & Alfredo Arcos - Video 
PBR Street gang (Juan Compean/Antonio Martinez/Jose Arceo) - Sculpture
Micheal FlynnDirect action/Photo 
Eric J. Garcia - Sculpture
Andres Hernandez - Video/photography
Erik Howard - Community activist work/Photography
Cara Levine & Cassie ThorntonPerformance/photodocument
Naomi Martinez - Figurine and sequential art
Carrie Morris - Bedaya Macbeth Puppetry installation
Daniel Pugh- sculpture/performance
Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa - Documentation of (local) direct action
Diana Solis - Drawings
Adrienne Vetter - Figurines
Build-a-Beaner Fiesta Time Exploratorium Experience (Aaron Michael Morales/Paloma Martinez-Cruz/Nuco Villanueva ) Painting/Performance
Eric Warner - photography
Wesley Wilson - Interactive game 

October 15, 16  -9th annual 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios

That's right! Cobalt Studio is on the map again this year for the 9th 18th St Pilsen Open Studios. WE ARE  #21  Cobalt Studio1950 W. 21st St, Storefront space! 

Come enjoy our October 'Action Figures' exhibit AND step back for a VIP tour of Adriana Baltazar and Antonio Martinez's work space for the open studio experience!

Extending from Western Ave. to Halsted (16th St. to 24th St.), the event will largely feature the work of artists residing in the Pilsen area, as well as other local, national, and international artists invited to exhibit at select galleries. Last year, over 4,000 people descended onto Pilsen to enjoy a celebration of art, culture and community. 

This year, over 75 artists will be showcasing their work in more than 35 studios, alternative spaces, and cafes. 


Land & Escape // Friday, September 30th, 6pm -10pm

Originally we postponed this event due to unfortunate circumstances. We are now able to present New Work by Amanda Gutierrez. Join us for this 'one night only' screening/video installation. See you then!


New Work by Amanda Gutierrez//CANCELLED

Due to unfortunate circumstances, the events scheduled for 9/23-9/30 have been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future invites to the rescheduled screenings.

Thank you,
Adriana Baltazar/Cobalt Studio


September brings- New work by Amanda Gutierrez

Land and Escape
New Work by Amanda Gutierrez

(2 Video Installation presentations)

September 23, 6pm -10pm
September 30, 6pm -10pm

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

The stories presented in “Land and escape”, are immigrant’s memories exposing their personal journey and adaptation process in foreign countries. Labor is the main motivation of displacement and settlement in each story. The subjects converge in places such as Askeaton, in Ireland, Oaxaca in Mexico, and Chicago in the US. 

Concepts of memory, space and homesickness are intimately related in this video series. The exploration of these topics is guided by formal conventions related to documentary. 

This project aims to develop a visual narrative based on a collection of audio narratives (voice over) and their connection to related landscapes, as the main source of visual remembrance.  In this exploration the project confronts the narrative over its construction, creating different interpretations through formal problems and questions about the subjects motives.


"Is This Thing On?: The Art of Comedy" Opening Friday August 12, 6pm-10pm

Guest Curator Miguel Cortez of Antena gallery
August 12-28, 2011

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
- Lenny Bruce

Contemporary art is too serious sometimes. This show will focus on the lightheartedness and humor in art. Most of us are part of the system and work 40+ hours a week and by the weekend we just want to unwind and be entertained. Then this show is just for you. These artists use irony, goofiness, satire, and sarcasm in their work.
Opening Friday August 12, 6pm-10pm
Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St, Storefront
Right off of Damen Pink El Line stop in Chicago!

Andy Detskas    Lauren Feece
Ben Pederson    Meg Duguid
Catie Olson       Nick Black
Chris Silva       
Sarah Perez
Darrell Luce     Rick Huggett
David Leggett   Paul Shortt
Nicole Marroquin

Full Artist's Bios here: Current Exhibit


Creando Fuerza: Cambio y Permanencia-Reception Saturday, 7/30 6-10pm

Antonio Martinez presents..

Image courtesy of Consejo Grafico-

Roy Wasson Valle

Creando Fuerza: Cambio y Permanencia features a collective portfolio by members of Consejo Gráfico, an independent network of Latino printmaking centers.

Creando Fuerza: Cambio, y Permanencia (Creating Strength: Change, and Permanence) focuses on the print's diverse origins and dimensions, as well as their cultural resonance within a broader national community of printmaking. Consejo Gráfico’s member print workshops formed a network to advance the legacy and viability of Latino printmaking in the United States.

The prints have been exhibited at Mexic-Arte Museum, Texas (2009) and come from various parts of the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. The art is very strong as well as beautiful. Over 20 prints will be on display.
Carlos Barberena, a Nicaraguan Visual Artist living in Oak Park, IL will share his techniques and speak about print making as well as his work during a brief demonstration on his portable press. His works will be available for purchase during the reception.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
6:00 - 10:00 PM

(Preview 5:00 - 6:00 PM)
Show up 7/30-8/5

For more information or additional press images, contact Antonio Martinez 
(773) 501.6298 or a.martinez_arts@hotmail.com


Embedded//Block Party - Recap

After a day of recuperating from the action packed block party, it's time to say THANK YOU! Thanks to all the volunteered, contributed and/or attended our 1yr anniversary shin-dig.  Much love!

Shout out to Eréndira Morales & Alex Hernandez for their help in our food prep // El Stitch y Bitch for bringing their uplifting spirits and adding flair to our little buddy. // Jaime Mendoza for taking some BBQ duty and being generous w/his face painting skills// Art Kart for making the hike from Little Village to teach us how to make friendship bracelets! // Tandem Sweets for their over the top delicious vegan pastries!// Our lovely DJs Jose A. & Jose B. that kept us moving all day and night Woohoo Sonorama is always a treat! // Ursula and Lara Oppenheimer for bringing brownies and holding a nail painting station!//Rosa, Mina, Khalia, Olivia for decorating and pushing the raffle//And of course, shout out to our guests and Neighbors!


Come help Cobalt Studio celebrate 1 year!

1950 W. 21st St, Damen to Wolcott on 21st Street in Chicago!

Block Party Schedule
Join us 12pm -10:00pm

12pm - 6:00pm or food runs out? // BBQ 
Hot dogs, brats, burgers, wings, veggie burgers, elotes (corn) taters and greens
watermelon& lemonade

12:00 to 9:00pm Art Sale/Raffle
Buy art and /or raffle tickets, need not be present to win
12:30-4:30 Vegan pastry sale
Taste the tantalizing (animal free) goodies by Tandem pastry chef Linda Prieto
1:00 - 5:00pm // Free Market
Bring something useful that you don't need to trade for something you do want!
3:00 - 6:00pm // El Stitch y Bitch Yarn Bombing
Join in if you're a knitter/hooker otherwise enjoy the reign of colors!

12:00 - 3:00pm Face Painting 
Mostly for kids but I will do grown ppl too. Henna anyone?

2:00 - 4:00pm Kid craft cart
screen printing, friendship bracelets and more
Sunset 8:00? -10:00 pm Video Projections
Miguel Cortez of Antena gallery will treat us to his choice of unique visuals.

9:00 - 10:00 pm DJ Eddy Baca of Sonorama
Eclectic program of rare grooves, musical curios, and Latin & Afro influenced dance music

You can still add to our schedule and/or volunteer. // Help is always appreciated!!


Fresh Paint opens Saturday, July 9th

Recent work by these artists. Simple as that.

Ruben Aguirre
Jose Arceo
Carlos Baberena
Juan Compean
Ricardo Gonzalez
James Jankowiak
Diana Solis
Antonio Martinez
Naomi Martinez
Giulio Vaccaro
Rahman Statik
Chema Skandal

Saturday,  July 9th
1950 W. 21st St. Storefront


Thank you Alberto Aguilar & Jorge Lucero (w/Hecho en Casa artists)

Bryan Saner & Teresa Pankratz, DIY Home Entertainment system

This month has been an absolute pleasure. Working with Alberto/Jorge and their roster of innovative artists has affirmed our belief that performance art does not have to be passive, and/or involve menstrual blood...Not that there's anything wrong with that..

Our guests were treated to an intimate and warm interaction that invited an exchange of ideas, emotions, multisensory exploration, culinary delights, rewarding acts of destruction and creative construction with new and old friends.

We'd like to thanks all those involved and hope to get more great work like this in our space.



Hecho en Casa/Homemade- June show closing

Our June show closes this weekend with two final events/workshops that are completely free and open to the public. We hope you can make it for a moment to catch this unique and engaging body of work.

Saturday, June 25

11:00 am-History, culinary and medical uses of house plants
Vanessa Smith will forage for beautiful plants among the weeds of Chicago, and bring them into the project space incremently to become house plants. She will give a tour of them to the visitors, touching on their history, culinary and medical uses.

1:00 pm- Southern folk medicine/herbal candies workshop
James Kubie will lead a workshop on how to make herbal candies used in traditional southern folk medicine. Starting with whole ginger roots and bunches of horehound, we will process botanicals to produce candies used to soothe the stomach and the lungs. All participants will be able to take a portion of the candies home for their use.

Cobalt adopts a tree!

Cobalt studio has adopted the tree outside of our door. We want to be a positive force on our block, bringing beauty and keeping our area clean to show that we are not just here. We actually give a hoot. We've found discarded clothes, bottles, mail, cigarette buds and other junk collecting around our little friend. Look out for your own buddy on the street.


Hecho en Casa/Homemade June 2011

Simulaneous activities50 ingredient MoleKneading and Punching Dough, Lisa WalcottIMG_2482Kneading and Punching Dough, Lisa WalcottDomesticated feral plants, Vanessa Smith
Domesticated feral plants, Vanessa SmithAnikan's ligh saber, Madeleine AguilarDomesticated feral plants, Vanessa SmithDomesticated feral plants, Vanessa SmithCologne bought at Walgreens, Gwenn Ae LynnDomesticated feral plants, Vanessa Smith
Kneading and Punching Dough, Lisa Walcottoutside cobalt studio doorOur flag50 ingredient Mole, Alberto AguilarSimultaneous activities50 ingredient Mole, Alberto Aguilar
50 ingredient Mole, Alberto Aguilar50 ingredient Mole, Alberto AguilarKneading and Punching batches of Dough, Lisa WalcottChris SantiagoIMG_2511IMG_2512

Another weekend of great events relating to elements 'home' happened 6/17-6/18 at Cobalt Studio. Here are the pics!


Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18

Coming up NEXT in the Hecho en Casa/ Home made series of events on the verge of domesticity. Friday,  June 17 & Saturday,  June 18. See 'Current exhibit' Tab above for more details & descriptions.

Highlights from - Hecho en Casa Homemade June 11 events

August show-Call for Work

Call for artists/comedians:
Is this thing on?: the art of comedy
Art exhibit at Cobalt Studio, August 2011
Curated by Miguel Cortez
Deadline: July 15, 2011

“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.”
- Lenny Bruce

Art is too serious sometimes. This show will focus on what makes us laugh. Most of us are part of the system and work 40+ hours a week and by the weekend we just want to unwind and be entertained. Artists will create work for you that is funny and absurd but will make you think.
Acceptable formats include: video, performance, installation, audio, painting and drawings. You can submit 4-5 pieces. There is no fee. email submissions with video/audio links or jpeg attachments  to antenapilsen@gmail.com


Timeout Chicago's critic's pick-Hecho en Casa/Home made

See post here:Saturday 6/11 critic's pick!
Fun for all ages starting at 9am

Always Free & open to the public
Hecho en Casa/ Home Made
curated by Alberto Aguilar and Jorge Lucero

A program of events that verge on acts of domesticity.

-All day- Interior design
Participating artists- Interior design of artist contributed objects from their own homes.

<9 am> Pancake Breakfast 
Alberto Aguilar- will open up Cobalt Studio for a community pancake breakfast. This pancake breakfast, will be accompanied by a showing of cartoon episodes favored by the artist’s children.

-Concurrently- Duct tape object-making workshop
Madeleine Aguilar- will lead a duct tape object-making workshop. Thirteen year-old Madeleine brings her expertise in constructing home-made cardboard and duct-tape articles of defense (e.g. light sabers, utility belts and medieval-like weapons) to this workshop open to participants of all ages.

<2pm-5pm> Scent workshop
Gwenn-Aël Lynn- an artist who works with ideas of locality, making “interactive smell installations and food/scented performances, which problematize further the relationship between olfaction, taste, hybridity, and hegemony” will lead a scent workshop that is open to the general public. Registration for this event is required. Please RSVP the artist at gwenn@gwennaellynn.com or visit
http://www.gwennaellynn.com/ for more information.

<8pm> DIY Home Entertainment system
Bryan Saner and Theresa Pankratz- will construct and perform with a homemade DIY home entertainment system. Using cardboard boxes and kraft paper, and inspired by toy theaters and shadow boxes, the event will include both a lecture demonstration of how to do this at home and a short entertainment.