Join us on Saturday, October 14th from 3-5 pm for an artist talk with Chicago-based artist Chris Silva. The talk will be moderated by contemporary artist Tom Torluemke. This event is free and open to the public.
Born in Puerto Rico, Chris Silva is a Chicago-based artist, musician, educator, and overall facilitator of urban design. Whether it is through graffiti, community murals, or large-scale installations that encourage collaboration, Silva’s artistic foundation emerges from the street. Silva’s practice is all-inclusive and democratic. It ranges from painting and found object assemblage to three-dimensional installations that include audio-collaged soundtracks. Deeply rooted in skateboarding and hip-hop culture, Silva incorporates music and sound to his practice, creating a continual dialogue between the phonic and the visual. Silva’s formal aesthetics emerge from the discarded objects we see everyday to the shiny paint that covers walls and street signs. To term his practice “street art” is perhaps an understatement. All of his objects and materials find common ground within the work and interconnect like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has a role to play, and for Silva, a story to tell as he constructs his random findings through a stream of conscious process of creation and expression. The result is a magical reality. Deceptively positive, the work is at once playful and sophisticated, but also full of vulnerability and worldly concern.