Jul 7th 2016

Pedro Velez: Society Artwork-In-Residence Program

@ Evanston Art Center

1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Opening Thursday, July 7th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, June 30th

Come Thursday for a look at the culmination of artist in residence, Pedro Velez, artwork.
Make sure to see his nine finished works, a mural in the back staircase, and his other works in progress. Feel free to stop by outside of this time to see his artwork and talk with him about his local collaboration. Vélez’s work merges his interests in journalism and art criticism into visual essays that take the form of large sculptural paintings, photographic collages, and limited edition posters. Taken together Vélez’s approach creates a vibrant stream of consciousness commentary on a variety of issues, encompassing race, politics and other aesthetic concerns.

During his residency, Vélez has used EAC’s space to develop his most recent body of work, which explores personas, places, events, and other sources of inspiration that constitute an artist’s muse. Velez set aside a wall in the gallery space for community members and visitors to the Art Center to submit subjects, places, names, and photographs. Velez crowd-sourced these submissions into artwork in progress as well as new work created during the residency. By inviting community members and visitors to collaborate with the development of his work, Vélez seeks to find what type of active role viewers can play by helping him assemble the narratives of his work.
Refreshments will be served.

Special thanks to: Lynn Bassa, Doug vandeHoof, Thomas Robertello and Exchange Works.

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