May 15th 2020

Tonada del tormento (Torment’s lullaby)

@ Public space

4101 W Cullom Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Opening Friday, May 15th, from 11 am - 12 PM

On view through Saturday, May 30th

As COVID-19 has affected our daily lives in extraordinary ways limiting our selves to only our way to grocery stores and our immediate surroundings, art changes places and locations.

Tonada del tormento (Torment Lullaby) is an installation by Alonso Galue that alters common and familiar spaces to break tensions, and approach to his community. Drawings on ink of Latinx children accompanied by translations of poems by Rafael Cadenas and Rebeca Betancourt are posted as the Chicago City regulations on trees with over six feet distance; bringing this way a poetic situation with spontaneity and cleverness to the neighborhood that he has inhabit for a year.

The public installation is located between Cullom Ave and N Keystone Ave in the Old Irving Park Neighborhood.

The images are going to be replaced every time someone takes one until May 30th.

This intervention can be seen by car and does not intend to invite spectators to break the quarantine, but to add interactive art to the community of Old Irving Park

Bio of the artist:
Alonso Galue (Venezuelan, b. 1994, Chicago Based) BFA at University of Los Andes, is a multidisciplinary artist whose experimental use of traditional painting and sculpture articulates speeches on labor, existential crisis, and totalitarianism. In his Immigrants to go series, for example, he uses clay to portray the faces of food industry workers on floating plates with actual food. As the exhibition progresses, the food rots, creating an uncomfortable situation for the observer who faces the hidden laborers. Pulitzer Prize Jerry Saltz commented on Instagram Galue’s work is “a strong voice of the future.”

Galue’s work has been exhibited in several museums across Venezuela and artist-run
spaces in the US, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia, Museum of Modern Art
Merida, Museum of Miniature Merida, Espacio Proyecto Libertad, University of Los Andes, Void
Projects, and Agitator Gallery. He was Awarded Valencia’s Painting Prize in 2017 and
the Iberoamerican Art Fair Caracas 2020.

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