6/28/11

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


Reception:
Saturday,  July 9th
5-10pm
1950 W. 21st St. Storefront

6/27/11

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.

Cheers!

6/22/11

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.

6/20/11

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!

6/13/11

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

6/5/11

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
6/10-6/24/11

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.

Hecho en Casa/ Home Made - June program

Cobalt is excited to present....
Hecho en Casa/ Home Made
Curated by Alberto Aguilar and Jorge Lucero
Friday, June 10 - Saturday, June 25

A program of events that verge on acts of domesticity. Behavior that touches upon ideas of home, the local, hospitality, homemade-ness and the personal, all within an exhibition space. This series of events will be accompanied by a collection of objects and artworks that each invited artists found to be in conversation with the ideas of “home”. These objects can be viewed during the scheduled event hours.

Participating artists:
Alberto Aguilar & Madeleine Aguilar
James Kubie
Jorge Lucero
Gwenn-Aël Lynn & Hermes Santana
Bryan Saner & Teresa Pankratz
Christopher Santiago
Vanessa Smith
Samuel Sotelo-Avila
Hui-min Tsen
Lisa Walcott

Ques regarding this exhibition/events -Alberto Aguilar: aaguilar@ccc.edu
Info regarding Cobalt Studio - cobaltartstudio@gmail.com

Always Free and open to the public!-Please join us!
////Program of events///

Friday, 6/10
>8:00pm -10:00pm
Christopher Santiago will host a House (dance) party on the opening night of this month-long series of
events.

Saturday 6/11
All day>
All participating artists will contribute to a work of interior design, composed of artist contributed objects that each artist found to be in conversation with the ideas of “home” introduced by this month-long series of events. Objects will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition and can be seen whenever an event is occurring at Cobalt Studio.

>9:00am
Alberto Aguilar will open up the Cobalt Studio for a community pancake breakfast. This pancake breakfast, which is open to the general public, will be accompanied by a showing of cartoon episodes favored by the artist’s children.

>Concurrently
Madeleine Aguilar will lead a duct tape object making workshop. Thirteen year-old Madeleine brings her expertise inconstructing 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.

>2:00 pm
Gwenn-Aël Lynn is 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. This workshop will last between 3 and 4 hours. Gwenn-Aël Lynn will be joined for another event on June 24 by Hermes Santana for a second contribution to Hecho en Casa/ Home Made. ***Registration for this event is required.*** Please contact the artist at gwenn@gwennaellynn.com or visit http://www.gwennaellynn.com/ for more information.

>8:00 pm
Bryan Saner and Teresa 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.

Friday, June 17
>6:00 pm
Alberto Aguilar will make a 50 ingredient mole, discuss the history of mole, and invite people to help make this traditional Mexican sauce as he creates an accompanying sound piece with some of the mole-making participants.

>Concurrently
Samuel Sotello-Avila will lead the breaking of a Minimalist piñata, which he has made for this particular event.

>Concurrently
Lisa Walcott will create a sparse space full of gestures, scents, actions, sounds, spaces and materials all allusive to being home. Multiple batches of bread dough will be made and then discarded into a swelling pile within the site specific installation. Walcott has often dealt with the theme of accumulation through repetitious and monotonous tasks especially relating to domestic space.

Saturday, June 18
>9:00 am
Jorge Lucero will hold a school  where teachers of all sorts will come together to author a book of “home grown” knowledge. Home grown knowledge can be defined as learning that is produced, achieved, and examined outside of the context of institutional schooling. The definition of “teacher” here will be expanded in the call for participants.

The content of the book will consist of interviews, drawings, collages, photographs, and narratives that are conjured up during this open workshop.

Copies of the book that will come out of this activity will be available after the day of production at Cobalt Studio.

Currently Jorge is working with the concept that a teacher is anyone--regardless of certification, degrees, schooling, or licensure--who seeks to engage in a pedagogical discourse with an “other”. In this case, everyone from parents to students themselves can play the role of “teacher”. This broadened definition will allow for members of the public or “walk-ins” to fully participate in this project.

>6pm Dinner of Unknowns
Alberto Aguilar will hold a mystery dinner of strangers and unknown guests curated from Facebook friends that he never met. On this night we will eat the mole that was prepared on the previous night as well as partake in a schedule of “domestic” activities. This dinner is by invitation only.

>After Dinner
Hui-min Tsen will present an after-dinner slideshow for the armchair traveller. Instead of depicting an actual journey, though, it will tell the story of staying in one place and looking elsewhere. Tsen models her local travels on the explorer Alexander von Humboldt by observing the weather and collecting data down by the lakefront near her home in Chicago. Interspersed with Tsen’s stationary travels will be the stories of Alexander von Humboldt (who, understanding the natural world to be interconnected, promoted an international network of meteorological observers), Elisha Kent Kane (an avid follower of Humboldt's and famed Arctic explorer who brought back evidence of an "open polar sea," a warm region at the North Pole where the water never freezes) and Margaret Fox (Elisha Kent Kane's secret fiancé and a "spirit-rapper" who could communicate with the departed, popularizing the seance as we know it today).

Friday, June 24
>7:00 pm
Hermes Santana (who grew up in Pilsen) is going to make a BlackXican pozole, while Gwenn-Aël LYNN will serve it in a performative way, emphasizing its olfactory dimension. This dinner will take place at Cobalt Studio and will be sonified with "Pilsen"soundscape. Seating for this event will be limited so please RSVP at gwenn@gwennaellynn.com to reserve your spot.

>After Dinner
Hui-min Tsen will repeat her slideshow of a narrated vacation slideshow/armchair travel/after dinner parlor show. (See June 18 description for more details).

Saturday, June 25
>11:00 am
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
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 the 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.

Art Pilsen-Know Your Neighborhood Art Space: Cobalt Studio by Miguel Cortez

Miguel Cortez who writes the ArtPilsen blog featuring events happening in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood took some time to ask us a few questions and get to know us better.

Read it here: http://artpilsen.blogspot.com/

We thank you Miguel for helping us share what we do here!
FYI: Now accepting proposals for 2012.