Other Side Breathing: New works by Victoria Martinez

Other Side Breathing will present a body of work inspired by various sites around Pilsen. They include alleyways, the abandoned mini mall on Cermak, the late La Unica taco shack, a flower shop and convenient stores. Upon the completion of exhibit, installations will be planted at designated sites and left to rest, live or disappear.

Other Side Breathing: New works by Victoria Martinez
Soft sculpture/Installation/Collage work by Victoria Martinez, April 2012

Friday, April 13th

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

Victoria Martinez

My artwork explores the ephemeral, I am drawn to memories and events I cannot completely comprehend. Through soft sculpture installation and collage I assemble nostalgic, festive and curious work utilizing materials that are given to me, found or purchased at local stores, depending on my location. The key factor that activates my work are the sensations received from the past be it death, passion, innocence or mystery.

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist from Pilsen who received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is also a teaching artist who will be collaborating with youth from Yollocalli Arts Reach to create a soft sculpture installation to be exhibited at The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University this summer.


March Proyecto Latina Reading Series @ Cobalt Studio

Cobalt Studio proudly hosts again....

Proyecto Latina Reading Series/ Featuring Kristiana Rae Colón. She is a poet, playwright, actor, and educator living and working in Chicago. Kristiana will be doing a mixture of poetry, hip-hop, and monologues. Remember to arrive early to sign up for the open mic and remember the Chisme Box is ready to be fed

Monday, March  19
7PM to 9PM
@Cobalt Studio
1950 West 21st Street, Storefront
Chicago, IL 60608

CTA: Damen Pink Line Stop / #50 Damen Bus

Kristiana Colón has been featured on Power 92, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, WGN Radio, and WZRD. Kristiana has rocked the mic at some of the Midwest’s top venues including the Park West, the Metro, the Star Plaza Theater, the Aragon, Victory Gardens Theater, Darkroom, Subterranean, the Funky Buddha Lounge, as well as venues across the nation and abroad. Kristiana has shared stages with highly acclaimed writers Marc Smith, the creator of the worldwide ‘poetry slam’ phenomenon, Haki Madhubuti, Patricia Smith, Sonia Sanchez, Malik Yusef, Kevin Coval, Tara Betts, and has opened for De La Soul, Grammy-nominated band Ozomatli and internationally-acclaimed comedian Damon Williams.

Kristiana has served as an adjunct English and Humanities professor at Chicago State University, Malcolm X College, and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. She is proud to have been nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her poem “severance” in Organs of Vision and Speech, as well as see her work anthologized in Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010 and Haven Books’ Not a Muse collection. Kristiana’s work is also featured in Saul Williams’ anthology, Chorus: A Literary (Re)Mixtape, released by MTV Publishing in Summer 2012. Other recent publications include Pank, African American Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and the Logan Square Literary Review, among several other online and print journals. Kristiana is also an Assistant Editor for Muzzle, an online literary magazine.

Kristiana is an Artistic Associate at Teatro Luna, Chicago’s all-Latina theater company. She acts in its touring cast and is a member of the writing ensemble for original devised work. She appeared in Teatro Luna’s season 11 production of Crossed: How One Trip to Arizona Flipped Our Script and played a key role in the writing and development of play. In Fall 2011, Kristiana also appeared in Coya Paz’s production of The Americans, which debuted as the inaugural performance of the Logan Square Arts Center.