Material Normal Monumental

Participating Artists: Alberto Aguilar, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Maria Gaspar, Jorge Lucero, Victoria Martinez, Maddie Reyna, Edra Soto, Rafael E. Vera

April 12 – May 9, 2015
Reception: Sunday, April 12, 3 – 6pm

Curated by Alberto Aguilar, in association with his Crossing Boundaries Residency through Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.

Exhibition essay by J. Gibran Villalobos and Wil Ruggiero (JGV/WAR)

A diverse group of Hispanic/Latino/a artists show works using everyday materials to present varied perspectives around the monument and monumentality. Although grouped through these simple common factors, each artist in this exhibition conceptualizes complex individualities about hybridity through their unique contribution to the exhibit. These blended identities are characterized by the particular nuance of being Hispanic/Latino/a in the United States (currently residing in Chicago), often existing within multiple languages and cultures while trying to make a personal contribution to contemporary art discourse.

Image: Jorge Lucero, estandard, 2015, Inkjet on copy paper