Aug 31st 2019

Nada y todo: Artists Talk and Closing Reception

@ Chuquimarca

4220 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Opening Saturday, August 31st, from 12PM - 1:30PM

On view through Saturday, August 31st

Join us for an afternoon discussion with Roland Santana, Marcelo Eli, and Saúl Palos to talk about their work and the curatorial concepts behind Nada y todo. The talk hopes to engage with questions drawn from the exhibition, such as: How do we engage with a painting history based on European text? What do other art histories or painting legacies look like? How do we approach painting from a non-academic and author specific lens? This talk will mark as the closing reception for the show.

Entrance through alley. The space is not wheelchair accessible.

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Roland Santana (b. 1995, Vienna, VA) is a first generation American artist whose parents immigrated from Bolivia and Guatemala. In Santana’s paintings, drawings, and mixed media artworks, he creates intense personal moments created by the means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama and the pressures in order to make a mark as a first generation Latin-American. Santana graduated Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in 2018. He has showcased at Vertical Gallery, Lacuna Lofts, Line Dot Editions, Nych Gallery, AMFM, Sidewinder Gallery, and Silent Funny.

Marcelo Eli (b. 1989, Chicago, IL) is a Chicago based artist of Mexican and Ecuadorian descent. Marcelo’s paintings are packed with symbolic motif and anthropological subjects. His paintings create fresh views on ancient imagery creating a high-energy narrative that readdress the ancient subjects of mythology and the spirit. Eli attended the Academy of Art University in SF, CA and has participated in Hyde Park Art Center’s The Center Program and the University of Chicago’s Visual Art Certification Program. Eli has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Chicago including, AMFM in 2018, YOGA and Wedge Projects in 2017, and, Heaven Gallery and The Hyde Park Center in 2016. Eli’s solo exhibitions include Cliff Dwellers, Blanc Gallery, and Congruent Space in 2017 and a Young Collectors exhibition at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 2016.

Saúl Palos (b.1995, Aguascalientes, MX) identifies with being a Queer Latinx Mexican-American artist. Both paintings and sculptures by Palos have a conversation with Roman Catholic iconography and its relationship with the Latin-American experience. The paintings are distressed and torn, representing the death of the imagery as well as a rebirth of newfound spirituality in future generations. Palos is a 2019 graduate of the School of the Art Institute’s BFA program.

Chuquimarca is a project space and apartment library focused on the Native, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central and South American contemporary art and culture discourse. Instagram / Facebook: Chuquimarca

4220 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60639
Hours: Thursday – Saturday by appointment
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