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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

the emergency show

The Emergency Show:

Kim Frieders
Miguel Cortez
Jaime Mendoza
Barbara Koenen

plus flatscreen DVD: CarianaCarianne

Opening Friday April 6, 2007 from 6pm-10pm

April 6 - April 28, 2007

The Polvo exhibits are planned a year in advance but certain times the artist(s) scheduled cannot do the show due to whatever reason. Such thing happened for this month and we at Polvo had to organize a show with very little time so hence the title "The Emergency Show".

Kim Frieders grew up on a farm in Morris, IL. and developed an interest in art at a young age and at 8 began entering art competitions and exhibitions. She studied independently, from books and from life, with occassional lessons in a variety of media, until she began taking structured art classes as a teen. Kim entered into the studio art program at Millikin University in 1996. After realizing a love for gesture drawing, she quickly focused on exploring gestural abstraction and process-driven experimentation through painting and printmaking. She presented her first solo exhibition, in fulfillment of my BFA, in early 2000. Shortly thereafter Kim moved to Chicago. She has focused mainly on acrylic painting since that time, using wood, paper and canvas surfaces ranging from small to large and has exhibited in art festivals, galleries, restaurants and other public and private venues.

Miguel Cortez is an artist/curator living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Miguel is a founding member of Polvo, an art collective since 1996, and has organized various shows throughout the years at the Polvo space and other cultural alternative spaces. The most recent one being at Unit B gallery in San Antonio september 2006. Before that it was at Commerce Street Artists' Warehouse in Houston, Texas. There he brought artwork by local Chicago contemporary artists. Miguel also curated a show July 2006 in San Antonio as part of their Contemporary Art Month. Miguel also has exhibited his work for more than a decade in Chicago, Mexico, and Spain. Recent exhibitions include a show in Austin at Studio 107 Gallery, "Word" at Rudolph Projects in Houston, "Reencounter" at Prospectus Art Gallery in Chicago, "Lo Romantico" at Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago and "Lies that Bill Gates told me: Exploring the Digital Divide" at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia. Future exhibitions include a two person show in 2007 with Edra Soto at Mighty Fine Arts.

Jaime Mendoza is a Chicago based artist/curator. His work is concerned with issues of immigration, ethnicity and borders, Mendoza uses a variety of mediums such as video, photography, and mixed media installations—all of which fuse the politics of contemporary urban culture with idealistic meditations on aesthetics, history, and identity. Mendoza has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Mendoza presented a workshop on Self Liberation through Self Identification at the 2nd Annual Educating for CHANGE Curriculum Fair in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Education -- Division of Teaching and Learning. Mendoza was also awarded a one year grant from The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) to publish a book of drawings, “La Chamba: Drawings by Jaime Mendoza” which will be released this fall. Currently Mendoza is an instructor in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

Barbara Koenen is a Chicago-based artist who creates unlikely combinations of cultural practices around the world as influenced by war. Her recent projects include spice war rugs -- installations and transfers inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas and Afghani war rugs -- and Grenade Cosies, hypothetical illustrations of the evolution of a traditional American craft. Koenen's work has been exhibited in Europe as well as the US. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Koenen is a cultural planner for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and director of the Chicago Artists Resource ( www.chicagoartistsresource.org). Her work may be seen at www.barbarakoenen.com

flatscreen DVD: CarianaCarianne

There are cultural barriers between us. There are language barriers between us. There are geographical barriers between us. There are technological barriers between us. There are truths and man-made truths everywhere. What we see is not what we see. Now, the unchangeable subject is everything around us changing rapidly. People come from different families with different backgrounds. We share the same emotions, yet we gain it through individual experiences. Memories are products that are created by experiences. Our memories become a matter that affects our daily life. We build architectural frames to shell us. At the same time, we build invisible walls between us.

Cariana received an MFA from University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill in 2001 and Carianne received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Their installations, objects and videos have been exhibited extensively across the United States, as well as throughout Europe and Canada. Their works have been included in the Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2003), The Drawing Center (New York, 2005), the European Media Arts Festival (Germany, 2003) and the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, 2003). Their solo projects include Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, 2004), Croxhapox Gallery (Belgium, 2004, 2006), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, 2004), and Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, 2007). In 2006, their work was selected to take part in the DVD publication ASPECT Vol.7: Personas & Personalities and an 80-page exhibition catalogue of their work, titled Borders, was published through Croxhapox Gallery and Parys Press. Their group shows include The Believers at MASS MoCA (North Adams, 2007), Haunted States at GrandArts (Kansas City, 2006), and Empathetic at Temple Gallery of Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, 2006). Recently, their project, Drawing and Being Drawn, was selected as a finalist for new commissions at Art in General (New York, 2006). CarianaCarianne lives and works in Chicago.

This CarianaCarianne exhibition coincides with programming at Hyde Park Art Center.

CarianaCarianne: The Embedded Body
Gallery 4

5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-5520
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10 am-8pm, Fri. –Sat. 10 am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm

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Chicago, IL 60608
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HOURS: Saturdays from Noon-5pm or by appointment

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