Regin Igloria uses nature and the culture of outdoor recreation to speak about larger issues of the human condition. Raised in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, his fascination with the wilderness developed as a romanticized ideal where one could find joy and happiness. In his attempt to engage with this world, however, struggle and conflict become just as prevalent, creating the kind of tension one might experience on a strenuous hike.
In his latest works displayed in this exhibition, he combines his ongoing exploration of books with sculptural installations as a way to represent movement through specific landscapes, some physical and others psychological. These outdoor spaces range from city parks to National Parks, the roads and sidewalks traversed in daily commutes, and routes taken in between. Signage and equipment such as construction signs, outdoor recreational equipment, and park monuments, all of which have ever-changing meanings to the artist, convey the plight of entering spaces where one may not belong or feels “outside.”
Igloria maintains his multidisciplinary studio practice in Chicago, IL, which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. In 2010, he founded North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding project that allows him to combine various aspects of his work as an educator and artist. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally. He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.